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Our growing team of compassionate volunteers bring the “heart” to Heartly House. From one-time opportunities to long-term commitments, there are a number ways to make a difference in the lives of those we serve. Check out our volunteer opportunities below, and connect with us to explore how we can create the best volunteer experience for you!

Volunteer Opportunities
Administrative

Volunteers assist in administrative tasks at Heartly House. Need and tasks may vary. This opportunity is flexible to the volunteer’s availability.

Childcare

Many times, the lack of childcare can place a barrier between clients and services. Childcare volunteers play an important role by providing assistance with childcare on-site while clients attend appointments. This opportunity is very flexible and is a great opportunity for volunteers who enjoy working with children. Requires 6 month commitment of at least 1 hour per month. Must be at least 16 years old.

Donation Processing

Volunteers will assist in retrieving and processing donations at the Heartly House donation drop-off site. Flexibility to pick-up special donations from alternative locations appreciated. Access to a vehicle and ability to carry 30 lbs required.

Educational/Informational Outreach

Volunteers aid our community outreach efforts by representing Heartly House at community fairs and events where they will assist in distributing information about Heartly House services, events and opportunities. This is a flexible opportunity; volunteers will be contacted as needs arise.

Handiwork/Hauling

Occasionally, volunteers are needed to assist with maintenance and miscellaneous jobs throughout Heartly House. Activities may include building furniture, transporting large items on/off premises, painting walls, etc. This is a flexible opportunity; volunteers will be contacted as needs arise. Ability to move heavy items and/or access to a large vehicle/truck helpful.

Hotline

Volunteers provide support, information and advocacy to victims of intimate partner abuse, sexual assault and child abuse over our 24-hour hotline. Volunteers may assist with miscellaneous other tasks within the Crisis Department. Requires a commitment of four hours per week for a minimum of one year as well as the completion of our 40-hour comprehensive direct service training. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

Legal Volunteers

The legal team at Heartly House is the sole provider of legal services to victims of domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault in Frederick County. Legal volunteers will assist the legal department with miscellaneous tasks, such as filing and client surveys. Relevant background helpful, but not required. Must complete 40-hour direct service training. Legal volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

Special Events & Fundraising

Events and fundraising volunteers help with various needs ranging from assistance with event planning, canvassing for donations and sponsorships, completing various tasks at events and benefits. Many events volunteers enjoy partaking in our annual fundraising events such as the Break Away 5k, Affair of the Heart and Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.

To apply, please submit your volunteer application to:

Nina Carr, Volunteer Coordinator
Mail: P.O. 857 Frederick, Maryland 21705
Email: ncarr@heartlyhouse.org
Fax: 301-663-4334
Phone: 301-418-6610 ext. 231

Application for Direct Client Volunteers  Client Advocate Volunteer Application
Application for Non-Direct Volunteers, High School Interns and Childcare  Volunteer Application

Internship Opportunities

Interning at Heartly House is a great opportunity to develop career skills in a meaningful way! We offer internships at the high school, undergraduate and graduate-level. Each internship requires a minimum commitment of one semester.

Undergraduate & Graduate Internships

Heartly House offers a range of internships for college credit. Most college-level internships require the completion of our comprehensive 40-hour direct service training.

Direct Service Intern

Provide direct service care to victims of intimate partner abuse, sexual assault and child abuse via the 24-hour hotline or within the counseling department. Assist with general office duties and complete a minimum of two agency assigned projects. Undergraduate Internships for any related major; no previous experience required. Must successfully complete the Heartly House 40-hour direct service training. 

Legal Intern

Heartly House is the sole provider of legal services to victims of domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault in Frederick County.  The Intern will be present at Protective Order, Divorce, and Custody hearings.  The Intern will also assist with case preparation and participate in witness interviews, and client consultations.  Furthermore, the Intern will have the opportunity to draft Complaints for Divorce and/or Custody, Motions, Petitions of Contempt, and Discovery Requests and Responses. Opportunity limited to law students. Must successfully complete the Heartly House 40-hour direct service training.

High School Internships

Heartly House offers internship opportunities to junior and senior students in the FCPS school system. Only one high school intern position is available each semester. Through this program, interns may perform activities such as, but not limited to:

  • Learning about Heartly House’s mission, philosophies and services
  • Assisting with general office duties (organizing, copying, updating forms, etc.)
  • Providing childcare while clients attend appointments
  • Creating Heartly House displays inside our office and in the community
  • Various other activities depending on the intern’s goals

To apply, please submit an internship application along with a resume and cover letter to:

Nina Carr, Volunteer Coordinator
Mail: P.O. 857 Frederick, Maryland 21705
Email: ncarr@heartlyhouse.org
Fax: 301-663-4334
Phone: 301-418-6610 ext. 231

Application for Direct Client Volunteers  Client Advocate Volunteer Application
Application for Non-Direct Volunteers, High School Interns and Childcare  Volunteer Application

Items Needed

Heartly House often has needs for items in its shelter and offices that can be collected and donated to the organization. Supporters often run drives to collect the items, which can be dropped off at our donation drop-off location, 368 W. Patrick Street on Tuesdays from 10:00am to 1:00pm. To get directions to the donation location, please click HERE. For wish list of items, please click HERE and HERE.

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