Volunteer & Internship Opportunities
Volunteers and interns play a vital role to the work we do at The Center for Family Justice and are part of a collaborative effort to bring hope and healing to adults and children impacted by domestic and sexual violence and child abuse.
Because of the nature of the work with do with clients impacted by trauma, CFJ requires a high level of training, sensitivity and commitment for many of its volunteer roles.
CFJ has two levels of volunteerism which include:
Our certified volunteers have successfully completed a 40-hour course on the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence and child abuse.
This course, which CFJ offers three times a year, provides an overview of the services we provide at CFJ as well as the impact trauma can have on the victims and survivors who seek our help.
Certified volunteers are the only CFJ volunteers who may have direct, one-on-one contact with our clients. Often, certified volunteers participate in an additional period of training under staff supervision before they assume independent client interaction.
Our certified volunteer opportunities can include:
- Staffing our Crisis Reception Front Desk
- Working with our walk-in crisis clients as a Crisis Navigator.
- Working with our Court Advocacy Team supporting clients in State Superior Court
- Volunteering as a counselor at Camp HOPE America-Connecticut
- Helping to staff our Kid’s Share room during client support group meetings.
- Working to support children living in our safe house with homework and games. (Limited roles available.)
Please note because of the training and supervision involved in many of the above roles, CFJ often requires certified volunteers have a minimum of one full day or two half-days available on a weekly basis for a period of one year.
Our certification training courses are held three times a year in January, June and September.
Non-certified volunteers are not obligated to complete the same training as our certified volunteers, but are required to undergo background checks and have a screening interview.
Our non-certified volunteers often help us with tasks which can include:
- Pitching in at key fundraising events including our annual Golf Classic, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraising and awareness walk and Speaking of Women luncheon.
- Serving as a member of one of administrative advisory committees including Finance, Sustainability, PR & Marketing and Programming.
- Helping with administrative tasks including data entry, copying, organizing and mail preparation in our Development Office.
- Helping our maintenance team with tasks including clean up, storage organization, landscaping and other housekeeping chores.
- Supporting the private practice attorneys working in our Justice Legal Center with research and administrative tasks.
Please note the majority of our volunteer opportunities are available on weekdays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. We ask prospective volunteers to consider their availability before applying for a volunteer role at CFJ.
For questions about current volunteer opportunities please email Community Relations Manager Beth Fitzpatrick at BFitzpatrick@CenterforFamilyJustice.org. Note: (Please call our Domestic or Sexual Violence hotlines if you are in crisis. Call 203-384-9559 for Domestic Violence and 203-333-2233 for Sexual Violence.)
Gail Wiggins, CFJ’s Coordinator of Sexual Violence Services, serves as CFJ’s Internship Coordinator.
We currently have an opening for one Summer and Fall 2020 interns. We are considering applicants for both graduate and undergraduate internships.
Because of the nature and structure of our program, the majority of our interns are placed for a full academic year and span the traditional fall and spring semesters.
CFJ often works with interns who are studying in majors including social work, psychology, criminal justice and pre-law, although we consider students from many academic disciplines. CFJ’s internships are unpaid and offered for college credit only.
Any intern offered role in which they engage directly with our clients is required to attend CFJ’s 40-hour certification training. Our next sessions are scheduled for June and September 2020 and Jan. 2021.
To inquire about internships and certification training, please submit a resume and brief cover letter elaborating on your interest in CFJ’s mission to Gail Wiggins at GWiggins@CenterforFamilyJustice.org. (Please call our Domestic or Sexual Violence hotlines if you are in crisis. Call 203-384-9559 for Domestic Violence and 203-333-2233 for Sexual Violence.)
Other Ways to Help!
If you want to support CFJ, but don’t have time to commit to a regular volunteer role there are many ways to be of service to our clients and mission.
- Organizing gift card, snack and toiletry drives or holiday donations for our clients.
- Pitching in at one of our fundraising events including our annual Speaking of Women luncheon in September, our Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Event in April and our Golf Classic in June.
- Organizing a team to walk in our annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event.
- Joining one of CFJ’s many standing committees which advise our staff on event planning, fundraising, marketing and other administrative tasks.
- Attending our annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month vigils held each October in the six communities we serve.