Vera House, Inc. welcomes volunteers 18 years or older who would like to contribute their energy, compassion and support to help make a difference in the life of a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or elder abuse. Vera House, Inc. has provided more than 40 years experience in their mission to prevent, respond to and partner to end domestic and sexual violence and other forms of abuse. There are many ways volunteers can help. To become a volunteer you must:
- Be 18 years or older
- Be removed from your own personal crisis situation
- Submit an application, attend an interview and be accepted into the next training session
- Attend an agency orientation and basic training on domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse
- Attend additional specialized training to work directly with victims
Click HERE to complete and submit a volunteer application.
Volunteers can provide direct service as follows:
- Support & Information Line Volunteers: Answering our 24-hour hotline during the day and providing emotional support and information to callers. Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. or 12:30-5 p.m., at our administrative office. We request a minimum of two shifts per month.
- Web Chat Support Line Volunteers: Coverage of our web chat resource, providing emotional support and information regarding Vera House services. Web chat is answered remotely/from your home or can be answered at our administrative offices (during business hours – 8:30 am to 5 pm). Shifts for this role are available seven days a week for shifts from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 1-5 p.m., and 5-9 p.m.
- Family Court Volunteer: Assisting individuals petitioning Family Court for Orders of Protection. Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 12:30-4 p.m., at the Court House downtown Syracuse. We request a minimum of two shifts per month.
- Sexual Assault Volunteer Advocate: Responding to sexual assault victims at area hospitals and providing emotional support and information. Monday-Friday from 6 p.m.-midnight, midnight-7 a.m., and Saturday and Sunday six-hour shifts. There are also a limited number of daytime shifts from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. available. We request a minimum of two shifts per month.
- Tabling at health and volunteer fairs and other events
- Reception coverage at our administrative office
- Office projects – mailing, preparing materials for trainings or conferences
- Filing and other administrative tasks
- Special projects – White Ribbon Campaign, Clothesline Project, etc.
Upon the receipt of your application, you will be contacted to set up an interview. Volunteer training sessions are scheduled throughout the year.
Click HERE to contact the Vera House Volunteer Coordinator or call (315) 425-0818.