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Volunteer/Intern

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers and interns 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.  Our well-developed programs permit our volunteers to have a real impact, either through direct work with victims of domestic violence or in spreading the word throughout the community. The vast majority of volunteers remain with Turning Point for many years.

Indirect Service 

Indirect volunteer opportunities may include: 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 Introduction to Domestic Violence & Introduction to Turning Point training
  • Complete a Volunteer Application  Click here for the Volunteer application (Please note the 'Submit' button in the above referenced form does not work in 'Chrome'. Please save as a pdf and email to the Administrative Assistant below) and required paperwork
  • Attend a Volunteer Orientation
    • In 2020: Febraury 20th, April 14th, or August 20th from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm
  • Copy of 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)*

* The FBI Criminal Background Check is required if the volunteer has 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.

Direct Service

Direct Service opportunities may include: answering the helpline, court accompaniment, co-facilitating an empowerment group, office support in the Safe House, structured activities for children in the Safe House.  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  Click here for the Volunteer application (Please note the 'Submit' button in the above referenced form does not work in 'Chrome'. Please save as a pdf and email to the Administrative Assistant below) and required paperwork
  • Attend a Volunteer Orientation
    • In 2020: Febraury 20th, April 14th, or August 20th from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm.
  • Complete the 45 hours of domestic violence training as required by the PCADV (Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence).
  • Copy of 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)
  • Completion of 10 hours of domestic violence related training annually

* The FBI Criminal Background Check is required if the volunteer has 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:
• Recent academic transcripts for each college/university you have attended (can be unofficial copies)
• Current résumé

Interns: Please note that Turning Point offers empowerment counseling services. We do not provide therapy and do not offer Master’s Level advisors to supervise MSW interns.

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
Fax: 610-797-0585

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

Linda Thomas
Assistant Director
LindaT@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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