Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.
Why Volunteer? Victims of crime or circumstance often suffer trauma and have needs that they cannot always meet on their own. The crime, the involvement with law enforcement and the judicial process can all be very confusing and stressful to victims.
Being a victim advocate can be a challenging, yet rewarding experience. An ideal advocate is level headed, nonjudgmental, a good listener, understanding and compassionate to the needs and feelings of the victim. Advocates will provide on scene crisis intervention, emotional support, help with a safety plan and civil restraining orders, information on victim rights, community resources and the criminal justice system.
Volunteers sign up each month to serve five 12 hour shifts ( 6 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.). All successful applicants are required to attend 40 hours of training as well as all regular meetings/trainings each month.
We are now accepting applications for volunteer victim advocates. Please call 583-6434 for more information on training dates as they are subject to change.