Last year, 114 Rape Crisis Service volunteers dedicated more than 40,000 hours. Without the active participation and commitment of volunteers, we would be unable to provide this important 24-hour service.
Volunteers answer hotline and hospital calls in evenings and on weekends. They provide emotional support, discuss the options available with the client, offer accompaniment to hospitals and with law enforcement and provide support and information to significant others.
The primary volunteer role with Rape Crisis Service is the Rape Crisis Advocate. Advocates provide emotional support and information to survivors of sexual assault, significant others and members of their families. This role requires completion of a 32-hour training, reliable transportation, a working cell phone and a minimum one-year commitment (with one debriefing/month). Volunteers are on-call for 16-hour shifts a minimum of four times/month. Recruitment and training for this position occur each spring and fall.