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You can help us make our vision a reality

What you need to know about interning or volunteering with us:

Family Rescue volunteers make a significant difference in the lives of those subjected to domestic violence. Potential opportunities include:

  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) Weekend Crisis Line Volunteer

  • Adult Direct Service Intern

  • Legal Advocacy Intern
  • Clerical Volunteer
  • Special Events Volunteer

Family Rescue is proud to partner with the Schweitzer Foundation, University of Chicago, Chicago State, Syracuse University, Kennedy-King College, University of Illinois Chicago, and other schools to provide students opportunities to gain internship credit hours. We have staff available to provide MSW supervision. Our residential programs, counseling outreach program, and legal advocacy program all routinely accept interns.

As of 08/08/23, we are no longer accepting any more interns for Fall of 2023. We have 1 spot available for a Legal Advocacy intern for Spring, preferrably someone with experience in data input/assessment, answering crisis calls, and working with courts or law enforcement.

As of 09/18/23, we are no longer accepting any interns/volunteers that are only available during the evening or weekend. Our only program that can accept those with this availabilty is our shelter program and they are at capacity for the school year. Interested applicants with this limited availability are welcome to apply June of 2024. The only exceptions are if you are interested in volunteering by filing paperwork for us at our administrative office or periodically assisting at special events.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Any interns/volunteers wishing to provide direct services to clients (e.g. conduct one-on-one counseling, independently complete intakes, assessments, service plans, facilitate workshops/groups) MUST first be available to complete the 40-Hour Domestic Violence Training. This is mandated by the Illinois Domestic Violence Act, the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and the Illinois Department of Human Services to ensure client confidentiality is protected. You can learn more about the 40-Hour Domestic Violence Training here.

EXPECTATIONS: Interns are expected to complete at least 4 hours a day minimally when on site. Volunteers are on an as needed basis, or what their schedule will permit; however, we would like volunteers to commit minimally 2 hours of service in programs per day or a minimum of 2 hours at an agency event.You are expected to complete the agreed upon times you are scheduled at the program of your choice.All interns and volunteers are also required to complete the required timesheets for tracking their service hours.

Benefits of serving as an intern/volunteer: With Family Rescue you will be able to… 

  • Take the 40 Hour Domestic Violence Training free of charge. This training is the first step to eventually be able to become a certified domestic violence professional 
  • Develop and sharpen skills such as: executive functioning,  problem solving, communication, safety planning, service planning, crisis intervention, trauma-informed care, client interaction, and more 
  • Contribute to our mission in eliminating domestic violence in the City and County-wide


If you are interested in donating your time with us, please  fill out this application. If you have any questions, you can contact Ms. Murphy, the Training and Volunteer Coordinator, at r.murphy@familyrescueinc.org  


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