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. Due to COVID-19, our staff is in the process of updating the way we match volunteers like you, with opportunities and needs throughout the community, and we thank you for your patience. For more agency updates and resources, please visit our COVID-19 Agency Update page.


Ways To Volunteer:


  • Hotline Volunteer

Our next training will begin early 2022. 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. 40 hour training commitment includes evenings and weekends. Hotline volunteers do not work in a call center. Shifts are done remotely. 

To apply click here: Hotline Volunteer Application

If you have any questions please email our Community Engagement Specialist Becky Baines at bbaines@actompkins.org.

  • Board of Directors

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 Community Engagement Specialist.

  • Community Outreach

Would you like to help represent our agency at community events? Community Outreach Volunteers will learn about our agency and assist with event coordination, fundraising, outreach and other tasks. If you are interested in participating, please fill out our Volunteer Interest Form. We are currently looking for volunteers with the following skills: Photography, Editing (audio/video), Blogging, Fundraising, Graphic Design.

  • Enough Abuse Tompkins Trainer

*Due to Covid-10 we are not currently accepting Enough Abuse applications. 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.

  • Internships

*Due to COVID-19 we are not currently accepting Internship applications. If you have any questions, please email bbaines@actompkins.org

  • 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.

  • Teen Volunteer Opportunities 

Teens volunteer with us through both short term projects and events (including Take Back the Night, awareness month events, donation drives and fundraisers) and on an on-going basis as part of our student activism group, ACTion (Advocacy Center Teens). To learn more about these opportunities, please fill out our Teen Volunteer Interest Form and our Youth Educator will follow up with you.

For all other inquiries, contact our Community Engagement Specialist.