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Volunteers: The Heart of Freedom House

Volunteer Roles

  • Emergency Medical Out-calls
  • Hotline and Shelter Staffing
  • Assisting Child and Adult Support Groups
  • Transporting Clients
  • Participating in Awareness Events

The Process

  • Application should be submitted at least two weeks before the start of class
  • In-person interview at Freedom House
  • Completion of 20-hour online domestic violence course
  • Completion of 10-hour sexual assault online study
  • Completion of 1-hour DCFS mandated reporter online training
  • Attendance at every in-person training class (30 hours)

Training Curriculum

  • Sexual and domestic violence dynamics
  • Crisis intervention techniques
  • Medical and legal advocacy
  • Listening skills
  • Privilege and oppression
  • Offender characteristics
  • Special populations

For more information, contact Amy Brandon, Volunteer Coordinator at 815-872-0087 or abrandon@freedomhouseillinois.com

Volunteer Job Descriptions

Position

Medical On-Call VOLUNTEER Advocate

Program

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

Direct Report

Volunteer Coordinator

FLSA Status

Volunteer

Revised

01/20/2020

Volunteer Job Description

Summary

Provide direct support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault who are treated within Bureau, Henry, Marshall, Putnam, or Stark counties. This volunteer must be within a 1-hour driving distance from the hospital during their shift.

How this opportunity benefits you:

You will be one of the first lines of support after the client has experienced a traumatic event. Volunteers will obtain an increased understanding of domestic violence and sexual assault and will expand his or her knowledge of diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. Most importantly, volunteers will be a proactive agent in preventing domestic abuse and sexual assault in Freedom House’s 5-county service area.

Responsibilities

  • Must be available to commit to two 24-hour shifts a month
  • Maintain confidentiality and respect with client(s)
  • Maintain accurate contact information with the agency
  • Provide emotional support for the client at the hospital
  • Ability to maintain a calm and compassionate support when seeing effects of domestic violence and sexual assault on the client
  • Demonstrate professionalism through reliability, punctuality, personal integrity, and being respectful when providing services

Time Commitment and Attendance:

Volunteers are required to commit to two 24-hour shifts a month, for 6 months. Freedom House values the time and talents that the volunteers provide to our clients and organization. We require that volunteers provide a 2-week advance notice if you are not available to cover scheduled shift. We are a client-based agency, in which we require all staff and volunteers to be on-time in order to best serve our clients.

Training Required:

Volunteers at Freedom House who are interested in working directly with our clients are required to complete the 63.5+ hour Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault training. During our training, you’ll gain extensive knowledge on topics like cultural competency, diversity, legal issues, privilege and oppression, self-care, activism, and more as they relate to domestic violence and sexual assault.

Additional Requirements:

At Freedom House we require all staff, volunteers and interns to understand domestic violence and sexual assault. When dealing with clients, we require reliability, compassion, and ability to handle challenging situations with calmness, adaptability and professionalism.

Volunteer Application process:

Visit the Volunteer Page (above) from our website:  www.freedomhouseillinois.org/volunteers/

Fill out and Send the completed volunteer application to:

Volunteer Coordinator – confidential

Freedom House, 440 Elm Place, Princeton, IL  61356

Or email your application to the following (MSWord, or PDF attachments):   abrandon@freedomhouseillinois.com

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Freedom House does not discriminate in volunteer or employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, military status of sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law. Freedom House will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unrelated to the ability to perform one’s job, unless doing so would result in an undue hardship to the organization. Employment with Freedom House is employment-at-will, meaning it is voluntarily entered into, and may be terminated at any time, without or with cause, by the employee or by Freedom House. Posting this notice does create a commitment by Freedom House to fill the position.

Position

Legal Program VOLUNTEER

Program

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

Direct Report

Volunteer Coordinator

FLSA Status

Volunteer

Revised

01/20/2020

Volunteer Job Description

Summary

This Legal Program Volunteer will provide direct support within the Advocacy Services program.

How this opportunity benefits you:

Volunteers will obtain an increased understanding of domestic violence and sexual assault and will expand his or her knowledge of diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. Most importantly, volunteers will be a proactive agent in preventing domestic abuse and sexual assault in Freedom House’s service area.

Responsibilities

  • Maintain confidentiality and respect with client(s)
  • Attend court for criminal and civil proceedings (insert days of week and times) and provide client support
  • Provide childcare during weekdays for court appearances (provide timeframe of typical court)
  • Maintain a calm and compassionate support when seeing effects of domestic violence or sexual assault
  • Demonstrate professionalism through reliability, punctuality, personal integrity and a respectful attitude when dealing with the clients

Time Commitment and Attendance:

We require a six-month commitment from volunteers and interns. Freedom House values the time and talents that the volunteers provide to our clients and organization. We require a two-week advance notice if you are not available to cover a scheduled shift. We are a client-based agency, in which we require all staff and volunteers to be on-time in order to best serve our clients.

Training Required:

Volunteers at Freedom House who are interested in working directly with our clients are required to complete the 63.5+ hour Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault training. During our training, you’ll gain extensive knowledge on topics like cultural competency, diversity, legal issues, privilege and oppression, self-care, activism, and more as they relate to domestic violence and sexual assault.

Additional Requirements:

At Freedom House we require all staff, volunteers and interns to understand domestic violence and sexual assault. When dealing with clients, we require reliability, compassion, and ability to handle challenging situations with calmness, adaptability and professionalism.

Volunteer Application process:

Visit the Volunteer Page (above) from our website:  www.freedomhouseillinois.org/volunteers/

Fill out and Send the completed volunteer application to:

Volunteer Coordinator – confidential

Freedom House, 440 Elm Place, Princeton, IL  61356

Or email your application to the following (MSWord, or PDF attachments):   abrandon@freedomhouseillinois.com

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Freedom House does not discriminate in volunteer or employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, military status of sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law. Freedom House will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unrelated to the ability to perform one’s job, unless doing so would result in an undue hardship to the organization. Employment with Freedom House is employment-at-will, meaning it is voluntarily entered into, and may be terminated at any time, without or with cause, by the employee or by Freedom House. Posting this notice does create a commitment by Freedom House to fill the position.

Position

Hotline/Front Desk VOLUNTEER

Program

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

Direct Report

Volunteer Coordinator

FLSA Status

Volunteer

Revised

01/20/2020

Volunteer Job Description

Summary

This Crisis Hotline/Front Desk Volunteer provides direct support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in shelter and on the 24-hour crisis hotline.

How this opportunity benefits you:

You will be able to gain first-hand experience on assisting a client at a time of crisis. You will obtain an increased understanding of domestic violence and sexual assault. You will also expand your knowledge of diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. Most importantly, you will be a proactive agent in preventing domestic abuse and sexual assault in Freedom House’s service area.

Responsibilities

  • Maintain client confidentiality
  • Crisis intervention
  • Empowering callers to make their own decisions
  • Maintain a calm and compassionate response when seeing effects of domestic violence or sexual assault
  • Demonstrate professionalism through reliability, punctuality, personal integrity, and being respectful when providing services
  • Manage visitors in the facility for the safety and security of the facility, clients, and staff, including obtaining a signed confidentiality statement from all visitors
  • Provide referrals as necessary to mental health, substance abuse, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned

Time Commitment and Attendance:

We require a six-month commitment from volunteers and interns. Freedom House values the time and talents that the volunteers provide to our clients and organization. We require a two-week advance notice if you are not available to cover scheduled shift. We are a client-based agency, in which we require all staff and volunteers to be on-time in order to best serve our clients.

Training Required:

Volunteers at Freedom House who are interested in working directly with our clients are required to complete the 63.5+ hour Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault training. During our training, you’ll gain extensive knowledge on topics like cultural competency, diversity, legal issues, privilege and oppression, self-care, activism, and more as they relate to domestic violence and sexual assault.

Additional Requirements:

At Freedom House we require all staff, volunteers and interns to understand domestic violence and sexual assault. When dealing with our clients, we require reliability, compassion, and ability to handle challenging situations with calmness, adaptability and professionalism.

Volunteer Application process:

Visit the Volunteer Page (above) from our website:  www.freedomhouseillinois.org/volunteers/

Fill out and Send the completed volunteer application to:

Volunteer Coordinator – confidential

Freedom House, 440 Elm Place, Princeton, IL  61356

Or email your application to the following (MSWord, or PDF attachments):   abrandon@freedomhouseillinois.com

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Freedom House does not discriminate in volunteer or employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, military status of sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law. Freedom House will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unrelated to the ability to perform one’s job, unless doing so would result in an undue hardship to the organization. Employment with Freedom House is employment-at-will, meaning it is voluntarily entered into, and may be terminated at any time, without or with cause, by the employee or by Freedom House. Posting this notice does create a commitment by Freedom House to fill the position.

Position

Children’s Program VOLUNTEER

Program

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

Direct Report

Volunteer Coordinator

FLSA Status

Volunteer

Revised

01/20/2020

Volunteer Job Description

Summary

Facilitate a children’s group during the adult group sessions. Children range in age from infant to teen. Volunteers serve as a positive role model for the children as they teach safe touches, healthy boundaries, safe spaces and healthy coping mechanisms when dealing with anger.

How this opportunity benefits you:

You will be able to gain first-hand experience facilitating children’s groups on topics such as self-esteem, healthy relationships, bullying, domestic violence education, and communication. Volunteers will obtain an increased understanding of domestic violence and sexual assault and will expand his or her knowledge of diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. Most importantly, volunteers will be a proactive agent in preventing domestic abuse and sexual assault in Freedom House’s service area.

Responsibilities

  • Maintain confidentiality and respect among all children within the group
  • Work with the children to resolve conflict and return to goals if a situation occurs
  • Create and maintain a safe environment where children are treated with respect
  • Demonstrate professionalism through reliability, punctuality, personal integrity and being respectful attitude when providing services

Time Commitment and Attendance:

We require a six-month commitment from our volunteers and interns. Freedom House values the time and talents that the volunteers provide to our clients and organization. We require that volunteers provide a 2-week advance notice if they will be unavailable to attend their shift. We are a client-based agency, in which we require all staff and volunteers to be on-time in order to best serve our clients.

Training Required:

Volunteers at Freedom House who are interested in working directly with our clients are required to complete the 63.5+ hour Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault training. During our training, you’ll gain extensive knowledge on topics like cultural competency, diversity, legal issues, privilege and oppression, self-care, activism, and more as they relate to domestic violence and sexual assault.

Additional Requirements:

At Freedom House we require all staff, volunteers and interns to understand domestic violence and sexual assault. The Volunteer Children’s Group Facilitator must enjoy working with kids ranging from toddler to teen. When dealing with the children, we require reliability, appropriate behavior when interacting with kids, ability to facilitate a group without supervision and the ability to handle challenging situations with calmness, adaptability and professionalism.

Volunteer Application process:

Visit the Volunteer Page (above) from our website:  www.freedomhouseillinois.org/volunteers/

Fill out and Send the completed volunteer application to:

Volunteer Coordinator – confidential

Freedom House, 440 Elm Place, Princeton, IL  61356

Or email your application to the following (MSWord, or PDF attachments):   abrandon@freedomhouseillinois.com

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Freedom House does not discriminate in volunteer or employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, military status of sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law. Freedom House will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unrelated to the ability to perform one’s job, unless doing so would result in an undue hardship to the organization. Employment with Freedom House is employment-at-will, meaning it is voluntarily entered into, and may be terminated at any time, without or with cause, by the employee or by Freedom House. Posting this notice does create a commitment by Freedom House to fill the position.

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Those interested in volunteering may reach the Freedom House Volunteer Coordinator, Amy Brandon, during the week from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at       (815) 872-0087.

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