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Why Volunteer Advocates Are Crucial to RESTORE

By Kathleen C., Volunteer Coordinator at RESTORE

At RESTORE, we’re dedicated to empowering survivors of sexual assault through compassion, validation, and healing. We are leading the community through educational campaigns, advocacy, and social justice. All our services are free and confidential to limit the barriers to care as much as possible. RESTORE serves five counties: Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming.

My name is Kathleen, and I am RESTORE’s Volunteer Coordinator. I have been honored to be a part of RESTORE for the past five years. Throughout my time here, I have gained a deep appreciation for every person who joins in this work but there is a special place in my heart for our Volunteer Advocates.

For over 50 years, RESTORE has been bolstered by a dedicated coalition of Volunteer Advocates. Our volunteer program enables our services to be available 24/7, no matter what. It takes all of us to do this work and we would not be the leading organization we are without this impeccable support from our community. RESTORE Volunteer Advocates shoulder the weight of being the first responders to those accessing our 24/7 hotline and in-person hospital accompaniment. This valued support allows RESTORE’s other departments to provide comprehensive care to survivors by offering counseling, criminal and civil advocacy, and education.

When someone finds themselves in a position they never expected, RESTORE is there to walk with them every step of the way. From the hotline, to the hospital, to court and beyond, we provide compassion, validation, and empowerment.

If this is an issue you care about and a mission you are energized by, please consider joining our team. RESTORE is seeking prospective Volunteer Advocates for our next training, which begins July 22. Throughout training, you will strengthen your skills and understanding along with gaining a new perspective to support survivors of sexual assault. By the end of training, you will be confident in your ability to face any challenge with those we serve and be a certified Rape Crisis Advocate through the Department of Health.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about RESTORE and our coalition of Volunteer Advocates. If you’re interested in becoming a Volunteer Advocate, please email [email protected].

If you or someone you know is in need of RESTORE’s services, there are 24-hour hotlines available:

Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties: 1-585-546-2777
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network): 1-800-656-4673


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