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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are a critical part of Turning Point’s services. Through the aid of volunteers, we extend our reach well beyond what our staff could provide alone. Volunteers have a real impact, either through direct work with survivors of domestic and intimate partner abuse or by serving in many other indirect ways.

I am interested in:

Providing services to survivors

“Direct Service” describes the empowerment counseling and advocacy we provide to survivors and their families. Opportunities include: answering the helpline, court accompaniment, co-facilitating an empowerment group, supporting our residents in the Safe House, and assisting with structured activities for children.  The amount of time required of volunteers depends on the job. Some activities involve just a few hours each month. Some are on an “as-needed” basis.

For direct service work, volunteers providing direct services must successfully:

  • Complete a Volunteer Application. Please save as a .pdf and email to the Administrative Assistant below with the required paperwork. Click here for the Volunteer Application.
  • Attend a volunteer 'Meet & Greet'.
  • You will complete a minimum of 45 hours of domestic violence training as required by the PCADV (Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence).
  • Submit required clearances:
    • Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check.
    • ChildLine (Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance through the Department of Human Services).
    • Copy of FBI Criminal Background Check (fingerprint check): if you have lived outside the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the last 10 years. If you have been a continuous resident of Pennsylvania for the past 10 years, you must sign a ‘’Disclosure Statement for Volunteers required by the Child Protective Service Law" waiver stating this is true.

Helping with educational programs or other administrative or financial functions of the agency

There are a number of ways people can help without directly providing counseling and advocacy services. These, “Indirect Service,” opportunities include: helping at health/community fairs, organizing/picking up donations, bundling literature, data entry, creative writing, special event planning, landscaping, gardening, and building repairs.

For indirect service work, volunteers providing indirect services must successfully:

  • Complete a Volunteer Application. Please save as a .pdf and email to the Administrative Assistant below with the required paperwork. Click here for the Volunteer Application.
  • Attend a volunteer 'Meet & Greet'.
  • Complete "Introduction to Domestic Violence & Introduction to Turning Point" training.
  • Submit required clearances:
    • Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check.
    • ChildLine (Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance through the Department of Human Services).
    • Copy of FBI Criminal Background Check (fingerprint check): if you have lived outside the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the last 10 years. If you have been a continuous resident of Pennsylvania for the past 10 years, you must sign a ‘’Disclosure Statement for Volunteers required by the Child Protective Service Law" waiver stating this is true.

Additional Items for Interns Only

We have reached the capacity of students for our internship program for the 2020-2021 school year.

Each year we welcome students to intern with us in our Safe House, Legal Advocacy, and Outreach programs. Internships that help in administrative, advancement and finance can also be considered.

In addition to the requirements for volunteers, and to make the experience as valuable to the students as well as the agency, we have a few special requirements for you to consider before applying for an internship with Turning Point:

  • A two semester commitment is required for any student who wants to provide service to survivors. You will complete the 45 hour orientation and additional practicum training during the first semester, and provide supervised service during your second semester. One semester internships can be considered for students not providing direct services.
  • In addition to the application, please submit your:
    • Recent academic transcripts for each college/university you have attended (can be unofficial copies).
    • Current résumé.
  • We can only accept up to 2 direct service interns per semester/year in order to ensure a quality experience.

Please note that Turning Point offers trauma-informed empowerment counseling services. We believe in the value of this peer-support model and do not provide therapy or other medical interventions.  We do not offer Master’s Level advisors to supervise MSW interns, but can work with advisors if there is an option for the university to help students meet this requirement through their own faculty. 

Return your completed application, clearances, and any other documents to:

Suzanne Morgan
Administrative Assistant
suzannem@turningpointlv.org
Turning Point of Lehigh Valley
Administrative Office
444 E. Susquehanna Street
Allentown, PA 18103

If you have any additional questions about becoming a Volunteer or Intern, contact:

Andrea Search
Community Outreach Director
andreas@turningpointlv.org 

Do you need help? Call our 24 hour Helpline: 1-610-437-3369

444 E. Susquehanna St.
Allentown, PA 18103
(610) 797-0530

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