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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. Current potential opportunities include:

  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) Crisis Line Volunteer at our Shelter
  • Policy Intern (to assist with Standard Operating Policies and Procedures)
  • New Heights Volunteer and/or Intern (Needs Car)
  • Legal Advocacy Intern 
  • Clerical Volunteer
  • Support Group Guest Educator 
  • Children’s Program Volunteer or Intern at Ridgeland (Mon-Thurs 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM)

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.

LEGAL ADVOCATE CRITERIA: We are seeking a candidate with experience in data input/assessment, answering crisis calls, and working with courts or law enforcement.

NEW HEIGHTS CRITERIA: We are seeking a candidate to provide administrative support entering data into databases. This candidate would have experience and knowledge of Excel to assist the program director with reporting requirements.

AVAILABILITY: At this time, we are only able to accept individuals with exclusively evening or weekend availability if they are bilingual (English/Spanish) and interested in volunteering on our crisis line at our shelter. However, exceptions include clerical volunteers and volunteers interested in helping out at a special event. Additionally, if second semester legal advocacy intern is placed at a police station site, availability of 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM during the week is acceptable.

EXPECTATIONS: Family Rescue expects interns 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 per visit or a minimum of 2 hours at an agency event. All interns and volunteers are also required to complete timesheets tracking their service hours.


  • Any interns/volunteers wishing to provide direct services to clients (e.g. answer the hotline, conduct one-on-one counseling, independently complete intakes, assessments, service plans, facilitate support 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. You can learn more about the 40-Hour Domestic Violence Training here. Direct service interns/volunteers are also required by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) to complete the Office for Civil Rights Trainings. According to the Illinois Domestic Violence Service Provider Guidelines, volunteers providing services not requiring domestic violence skills are not required to be 40-Hour trained. To clarify, examples of such volunteers include those conducting periodic trainings to survivors on topics other than domestic violence or who are conducting general outreach services.
  • Additionally, everyone except for one-time special event volunteers must complete DCFS’s Mandated Reporter Training and onboarding paperwork.
  • Lastly, those working with children must complete DCFS background check paperwork.  Those assigned to our Ridgeland Day Care Program must complete a medical report and get fingerprinted as part of a DCFS background check.


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 an Illinois 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.  Please also send your resume and any questions to Ms. Murphy, the Training and Volunteer Coordinator, at r.murphy@familyrescueinc.org  

Volunteers pack goodie bags for a community outreach event during domestic violence awareness month
Volunteer prepares to take part in a Community Outreach Event for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The sign reads "Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence" and also features the word silence with a cancel sign over it.
Volunteers pack goodie bags for a community outreach event during domestic violence awareness month

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