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 women, men and children impacted by domestic and sexual violence and child abuse.
We are grateful to a dedicated network of both certified and non-certified volunteers, including college interns, who help us bring crisis and supportive services to our clients.
Because of the nature of the work with do with clients impacted by trauma, CFJ requires a high level of training, sensitivity and dedication 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 also participate in an additional period of training under staff supervision before they can assume independent client interaction.
Our certified volunteer opportunities can include:
- Staffing our Crisis Reception Front Desk
- Working with our Court Advocacy Team supporting clients in State Superior Court
- Working with our Direct Services team to support walk-in and hotline clients.
- Volunteering as a counselor at Camp HOPE America-Connecticut
- Helping to staff our Kid’s Share room during client support group meetings.
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 at least six months.
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 Coordinator Beth Fitzpatrick at BFitzpatrick@CenterforFamilyJustice.org.
Amanda Posila, CFJ’s Director of Education & Community Engagement, oversees our internship program.
CFJ is currently considering applicants for internships beginning in Fall 2018. At this time we are only seeking undergraduate level student interns who are able to commit to a full academic year (credited hours spread over two semesters) to our internship program. We also consider summer interns who can commit an entire summer to our program. Because of the structure of our program, we currently have no openings for Spring 2019.
At this time, all of our positions for interns in masters’ level programs are full and we will not be accepting applications again until Spring 2019 for Fall 2019 openings.
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 on the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence. Our next sessions are scheduled for May and September of 2018.
To inquire about internships and certification training, please submit a resume and brief cover letter elaborating on your interest in CFJ’s mission to Amanda Posila at APosila@CenterforFamilyJustice.org.
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.