Volunteering & Internships

We all have a role to play in creating communities free from domestic and sexual violence. You can be part of the solution. The work of the Advocacy Center would not be possible without the time and commitment of people like you. Here are some ways you can join us.

Hotline Volunteer

Hotline Volunteers help staff our 24-Hour Hotline and provide crisis counseling, advocacy, support, and referrals to adult and youth victims of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, and sexual abuse. Volunteers are required to make a minimum one-year (two semester) commitment that includes four hotline shifts per month. Comprehensive training is provided. Individuals of all gender identities are accepted. We are currently accepting applications for our next training, which will start in January 2019. If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information please fill out our Hotline Volunteer Application or contact our Community Engagement Specialist.


Our Board of Directors and Committees are made up of volunteers who review programs, establish policies, organize fundraising and ensure fiscal stability. If you would like more information on becoming a member of our Board of Directors or Committees, contact our Executive Director.

Community Outreach

Would you like to help represent our agency at community events? Community Outreach Volunteers will participate in a one-time, 2.5-hour training to learn about our agency and become prepared to represent our agency at a wide range of community events (music festivals, school open houses, campus events, community fairs, and much more!). We plan to hold these trainings twice per year. If you are interested in participating, please fill out our Volunteer Interest Form.

Enough Abuse Tompkins Trainer

The Enough Abuse Campaign is a grassroots community mobilization child sexual abuse prevention program that relies on the efforts of community volunteer trainers. Enough Abuse Campaign volunteer trainers will receive 2 full days of training to prepare them for their important role in educating adults on child sexual abuse and their role in prevention. Trainings are done in pairs. The commitment is 2 trainings per calendar year. If you would like more information about being an Enough Abuse Tompkins Trainer, please fill out our Enough Abuse Application Form and email it to our Community Engagement Specialist.


The Advocacy Center Education Department offers unpaid internships to undergraduate and graduate students during Fall and Spring. Our interns work alongside our Education staff in all programs and events. Internships do not include direct work with clients. Interns will participate in weekly supervision with supervisor.  If you are interested in an internship please, please fill out our Intern Volunteer Application Form.

Take Back the Night Collective

Take Back the Night is an international awareness event held annual in Tompkins County in April during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Members of the Tompkins County community, Cornell , TC3, Ithaca College, and local high school students join together to experience a powerful evening of music, spoken word, speakers and reflection focused on ending domestic and sexual violence. The event is organized and coordinated by a community collective that meets regularly throughout the spring.  Fore more information on Take Back the Night and the Collective visit here.


For all other inquiries, contact our Community Engagement Specialist.