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Volunteer Opportunities at Freedom House


DCFS Background

State of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
Child Abuse and Neglect Tracking System (CANTS)

So much of the life-saving work at Freedom House is performed by volunteers.

Freedom House is looking for caring and compassionate volunteers to provide support to survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence through:

  • medical on-call response
  • transportation
  • child-care
  • hotline shift coverage
  • assisting with prevention programming

Volunteers serve as advocates who respond to emergency rooms for victims while the office is closed (nights, weekends, and holidays) and provide face-to-face crisis intervention services to victims. Those interested in becoming a direct-service volunteer must complete Freedom House’s 60-hour Volunteer Training Class (30 hours online and 30 hours in classroom). This course is generally scheduled at least twice a year in the spring and fall.

There is no fee for the training and applicants do not need to possess any specific degree or experience to attend. Potential volunteers must submit an application (online or in person), found on our website or at https://www.freedomhouseillinois.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/volunteer-application-2018.pdf and complete an interview prior to being enrolled in the class. In addition to the training class, volunteers must meet quarterly for continuing education training classes.

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

Freedom House also sometimes has a need for indirect service volunteers that can assist survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence through:

  • gardening or maintenance at the shelter
  • fundraising
  • organization of supply drives
  • public speaking


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


Freedom House is a
Gender-Neutral / All-Inclusive