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!
Admin volunteers assist in administrative tasks at Heartly House. Needs and tasks may vary; this opportunity is flexible to the volunteer’s availability but does not provide “regular” volunteer hours. Must complete Volunteer Orientation and training.
Childcare Volunteers help provide much-needed on-site childcare for our clients. Volunteers can play games, read stories, and create art while supervising children during parent counseling sessions or engagement events. Volunteers are needed during the day and evenings, Monday-Friday and occasionally on the weekends. Must be at least 16 years of age. This opportunity is very flexible and is a great opportunity for volunteers who enjoy working with children. Must complete Volunteer Orientation and Childcare Volunteer Training. Requires 6-month commitment of at least 1 hour per month.
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. Additional conditions and supplemental interview processes with the legal department may apply.
Special Events & Fundraising
Special Event Volunteers assist with set-up for workshops or trainings, manage the registration table at the Break Away 5k, Walk A Mile, Affair of the Heart, and other special events. Special Event Volunteers also help with organizing projects and assisting with fundraisers. Must complete Volunteer Orientation and training.
Outreach Volunteers aid the Community Outreach department and 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. Outreach Volunteers may also assist at special events. This is a flexible opportunity; volunteers will be contacted as needs arise. Must complete Volunteer Orientation and training.
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.
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 a resume and cover letter to: Jenn Metcalf Tousey, firstname.lastname@example.org