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Volunteering and Interning

Internships

We offer rich internship opportunities in several areas of study. Internships are available during the school year and over summer break. To apply for an internship, complete the application below.

Internship Application


Scan/email applications to volunteerinfo@familypeacecenter.org or mail to:

Sojourner Family Peace Center
Attn: Volunteer Coordinator
619 W. Walnut Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212

Internship opportunities

Beyond Abuse intern

Duration: Year-round

Program description: Our Beyond Abuse Program provides programming and services for individuals who have committed domestic violence. Our work with individuals who have committed domestic violence focuses on helping participants learn to take responsibility for their actions and to eliminate abusive and controlling behaviors. Participants learn tools they can use to implement alternative, healthy, non-abusive ways to deal with their emotions. Participants may also receive individual advocacy, case management and referral services that support their educational, vocational, mental and physical health and chemical dependency needs. Our work focuses on the whole person in addition to addressing and eliminating the violence. This assistance may help lessen the stressors that often contribute to violence.

Responsibilities: Observe and act as a co-facilitator in Beyond Abuse’s 30-week educational groups. Assist with any prep that is needed for the educational groups. Schedule and conduct intakes. Ensure that attendance sheets and sign-in sheets for all of the groups are updated in a timely manner. Attend team meetings and all staff meeting if it is during scheduled shift. Assist the Offender Outreach Specialist with data entry by entering data into the database in a timely manner. Other duties may be assigned.

Community Domestic Abuse Advocacy Program Intern (CDAAP)

Duration: Year-round

Program description:The CDAAP Intern assists victims of domestic violence by helping them develop safety plans and access community resources. The intern will work with clients either by phone or in person, to offer information, support, education and services. Referrals to programs within Sojourner Family Peace Center as well as outside programs will be made as deemed appropriate. This intern will be stationed at one of the seven Milwaukee County Police Districts (alongside a CDAAP Advocate) and work closely with a team of law enforcement officers, assistant district attorneys, probation/parole agents and other community partners in order to develop and implement protocols for proactively responding to domestic violence at a neighborhood level with the goal of promoting and enhancing victim safety.

Responsibilities: Conduct outreach to victims of domestic violence in an effort to provide information, support and education and safety planning as it relates to each client’s individual situation; inform, educate, and prepare victims regarding criminal process and offender status (in-custody, out-of-custody, bail, warrant status, etc.); register victims for VINE (Victim Notification Every Day); connect them to probation and parole and work with victims to ensure rights and options are known; assess victim’s emergency needs and help them access resources through Sojourner Family Peace Center, legal systems and community partners as appropriate; build relationships with community programs, learn of the services offered and maintain open lines of communication where services can be easily accessed by the clients served; accompany victims to court, revocation hearings, and other legal proceedings as requested or necessary; assess any emergency, financial and basic needs and see how best able to assist. Other duties may be assigned.

Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate (DAVA) intern

Duration: Semester to year-round

Program description: The DAVA Intern assists victims of domestic violence by helping them develop safety plans and access community resources. The intern will work with clients either by phone or in person, to offer information, support, education and services. Referrals to programs within Sojourner Family Peace Center as well as outside programs will be made as deemed appropriate. This intern will be stationed at the Family Peace Center and work alongside the Domestic Violence Unit of the District Attorney’s Office. The DAVA intern will work closely with a team of victim/witness advocates, assistant district attorneys, law enforcement and other community partners in order to develop and implement protocols for proactively responding to domestic violence at a neighborhood level with the goal of promoting and enhancing victim safety.

Responsibilities: Meet with victims of domestic violence when they appear at the District Attorney’s office for their charging conference. Complete intake paperwork and provide information, support, education and safety planning as it relates to each client’s individual situation; make follow up phone calls throughout criminal case to ensure the victim is informed and safe; receive referrals from the District Attorney’s Office and conduct outreach to victims of domestic in an effort to provide information, support, education and safety planning; inform, educate and prepare victims regarding criminal process and offender status (In-custody, out-of-custody, bail, warrant status, etc.); work with victims to ensure rights and options are known; assess victim’s to ensure rights and options are known. Other duties may be assigned.

Fund Development intern

Duration: Year-round

Job description: The Fund Development Intern supports the work of Sojourner’s Development Department, including gift-in-kind processing, data entry/reporting, grant support, stewardship activities and more.

Responsibilities/qualifications: Accept donations, answer phone calls and return voicemails, move/sort gifts, data entry, entering contact reports, update proposals, provide reports for grant application and reporting deadlines, prepare print and online grant applications and reports, maintain an organized electronic filing system, assist with donor thank you or follow up calls, assist with implementing Sojourner’s donor stewardship, assemble media kits; facilitate all mileage reimbursements and expense reports. Other duties may be assigned. The ideal candidate has a willingness to learn Sojourner’s philosophy and mission, professional demeanor, organized, can balance multiple tasks effectively, computer skills, familiar with Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word and can commit to a regular schedule.

IT Technical intern

Duration: Summer

Description: As an IT Technician intern you will be responsible in assisting in any area pertaining to technology within Sojourner. From technical support, network support and software set-up. IT Technician interns will also assist our Network Admin in any area that is needed.

Responsibilities: User account maintenance, asset tracking gathering and data input, Microsoft Windows PC setup, Help Desk support coverage, assist with identifying and reporting network issues, assist with monitoring antivirus software and updates and repair computers infected with spyware, adware and/or viruses and help monitoring backup systems and procedures to ensure data security.

Life Skills intern

Duration: Summer

Program description: The main focus of the Life Skills Program is to help clients achieve self-sufficiency. The program primarily helps clients reach their educational, employment and financial goals. This is done through individual support from the Life Skills Coordinator, as well as one-time workshops and ongoing series. The Life Skills Program has at least one summer internship opportunity for a minimum of 10 hours, and up to 40 hours per week. Some programming is offered in the evenings, so daytime and evening hours are available.

Responsibilities: Helping with regular programming – weekly support groups and monthly book club; order, set up and serve food; announce resources or upcoming events to group members; monitor food and supplies used for group and reorder when necessary; plan, prepare and help run one-time workshops and ongoing series; use client feedback to plan new events; create flyers; invite clients to attend in person, by email and over the phone; make reminder calls; attend events and help it run smoothly; assist with client appointments; greet clients when they arrive and get them settled; help clients use the internet, save or print documents, make copies; make phone calls with clients to community partners; assist clients in filling out school, job, and scholarship applications; gathering resources; monitor job openings and maintain a job list for clients; reach out to community partners about their services and programming; research a variety of Life Skills topics as needed by clients; disseminate resources to Sojourner staff.

Shelter and Hotline intern

Duration: Semester to year-round

Service description: The 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline is also located within the Sojourner Truth House. Staff and volunteers respond to callers in crisis, as well as those looking for support, information and referrals. All calls are free and confidential. The hotline provides volunteer opportunities for those seeking to engage in Sojourner’s work to end domestic violence. Sojourner volunteers contribute nearly 9,000 hours of their time annually on the hotline. Sojourner’s hotline has served as a primary contact for law enforcement in the City of Milwaukee and outlying communities since 1986. Through this partnership, victims are immediately connected to an advocate who can help them navigate the array of safety services that are available to them.

Responsibilities: Receive, disseminate, and record crisis, information/referral, jail release calls and law enforcement calls; interview and complete the intake process for new residents and facilitate the outtake process for departing residents; review, complete and/or correct client forms and enter into the computerized data system; record and initial all medications taken by shelter residents; possess full knowledge of emergency and safety procedures; provide support and interpret house rules and procedures for the new and current residents; actively listen and provide a non-judgmental environment for residents; verify and record assigned chores; monitor the ongoing activity throughout the shelter; assist in compiling statistics; maintain the physical appearance and cleanliness of the shelter during your shift; sort, complete donation form and store donations that may be delivered; must be knowledgeable and keep up-to-date with referral sources; ability to have regular attendance.

Visitor Services intern

Duration: Semester to year-round

Description: The Visitor Services Assistant is an initial representative and point of contact for clients and visitors. The qualified candidate is dedicated to Sojourner’s mission and values, has excellent customer service skills, and is comfortable interacting with individuals experiencing crisis situations. The Visitor Services Assistant will greet clients and visitors as they enter the building and escort them between appointments. They offer support, supervision, and information about the Family Peace Center’s resident organizations and services.

Responsibilities/qualifications: Greet clients, visitors, and donors as they enter the building and escort to appointments or waiting areas; lead visitor tours; provide supportive, non-judgmental company to clients while they are between appointments; assist with acceptance of in-kind donations; support receptionists as needed; must have: excellent customer service skills, willingness to learn Sojourner’s philosophy concerning client advocacy; fast learner, able to learn layout of building, guide visitors and lead tours effectively; comfortable with speaking in front of groups; people person, can answer questions and provide service in compassionate, non-judgmental manner, is comfortable serving individuals in crisis; good organizational skills; computer skills, familiar with Microsoft Outlook and Word; bilingual Spanish or other languages appreciated but not required.

Community Garden intern

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Restraining Order intern

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Volunteer opportunities

Make a difference by using your time and talent at Sojourner Family Peace Center, contributing to our mission to transform lives impacted by family violence. We believe volunteers strengthen our agency as a whole and significantly expand our reach to the clients we serve.

Volunteer

We have several programs that depend on both long-term and short-term volunteer/intern commitments. Short-term or one-day-only volunteer opportunities are for people who would like to donate their time on a less continual basis. View our current volunteer needs.

Volunteer Application

To volunteer, please complete and return an application then join us for an orientation to learn Sojourner’s history, programs, volunteer opportunities and for a lesson in Domestic Violence 101. Dinner is provided.

What: Next volunteer orientation
Where: Family Peace Center (619 W. Walnut St.)
When: Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
RSVP: volunteerinfo@familypeacecenter.org

Scan/email applications to volunteerinfo@familypeacecenter.org or mail to:

Sojourner Family Peace Center
Attn: Volunteer Coordinator
619 W. Walnut Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212

Note: Sojourner does not offer court-ordered community service.