Volunteer Opportunities

The Center for Prevention of Abuse has a variety of ways in which you, your family, and your group can volunteer. If you share our commitment to helping all people live free from violence and abuse and are looking for a volunteer opportunity where you truly make a difference, we would love to hear from you.  We are grateful for the commitment of our volunteers and their willingness to devote their time and energy to helping our staff and clients.

CFPA has two types of volunteers: direct service and indirect service. Direct volunteers work directly with clients one-on-one and in groups; indirect volunteers include other tasks such as cleaning, organization, sorting, moving donated goods, clerical or administrative work, lawn and gardening care, painting, and additional behind-the-scenes assistance.

Due to the nature of our work, we follow strict regulations to protect those in our care. We have additional protocol we follow regarding client contact, necessary trainings, and orientations.

  • Indirect service, one-time volunteer: fully supervised, minimal paperwork needed
  • Indirect service, regular volunteer: agency orientation, background check, paperwork
  • Direct service, regular volunteer: fingerprinted, background check, agency orientation, 63.5 hour Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault training

Please note we are unable to guarantee a minimum number of volunteer hours for school requirement.

Ongoing, Medical Advocates

When someone presents as a victim of domestic violence, sexual abuse/assault, or human trafficking in local area emergency departments, the hospital puts a call in for our medical advocates. Our medical advocates go the hospital to assist with the individual’s immediate needs and provide information about their rights as a victim. CFPA is currently in need of second and third shift volunteers. Direct volunteering. Click here to inquire about training for this important role.

32nd Annual Duck Race

Ducks are now on sale for CFPA’s 32nd Annual Duck Race and the agency is seeking volunteers who are interested in forming teams to help sell ducks to community members, friends, and family all summer long.

CFPA’s signature fundraiser, the Duck Race, is the longest running duck race in the country. Thanks to generous sponsors, 100% of the proceeds raised through this event go to support all of the free and confidential programs and services offered at CFPA to help all women, men, and children live free from violence and abuse.

Community members can sponsor a duck for $5 here or form a fundraising team June 1-through race day on August 29 where 30,000 ducks will race down a giant water slide at EastSide Centre in East Peoria. The person whose duck makes it to the finish line first will win $10,000 cash sponsored by Associated Bank. Second prize is $5,000 cash and third prize is $1,000 cash and Away luggage. The first 15 ducks to cross the finish line will win fantastic prizes for their owners ranging from gift cards, electronics, kitchen appliances, local experience packages, and more. Race Day takes place on August 29, at 4:00 p.m. for live music, food trucks, and fun for the whole family. The race begins at 6:00 p.m.

If you’re interested in forming a team or selling ducks to support the 32nd Annual Duck Race, please email Celsy at cyoung@centerforpreventionofabuse.org.

Race Day logistics may change due to COVID-19 and the recommendations of the Illinois Department of Public Health, the CDC, and Governor Pritzker. Stay tuned for final details.

If you have questions related to volunteering, please call 309-691-0551 or email kward@centerforpreventionofabuse.org.


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