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By Lauren B.

This summer, RESTORE will celebrate its 50th anniversary.

In 1973, the then-named Planned Parenthood of the Rochester and Genesee Valley began its first 24-hour rape crisis hotline, staffed solely by volunteers for its first five years. For five decades, Volunteers for Rape Crisis Service (renamed RESTORE Sexual Assault Services in 2014) have been there for survivors of sexual assault, 24/7/365. The program now serves Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming counties.

For our fiftieth year, RESTORE staff are compiling archives including newspaper articles, photos, and past program materials. As we review this rich history and reflect on the strides we have made - as a society, and as an agency - it is a profound experience to examine just how far we have come, and the incredible potential we have for the future. Part of this history includes the experiences and reflections of RESTORE (or RCS) volunteers.

Thanks to the commitment of hundreds of volunteers over these past fifty years, survivors have had a place to turn for information and support. If you are interested in sharing thoughts on your experience as a current or former RESTORE (or RCS) volunteer, or have any questions, please connect with our RESTORE Training Coordinator.

Interested in volunteering with RESTORE? The next round of volunteer advocate training will kick off this summer. All applicants will be screened and must complete a 40-hour training. To get started, download the volunteer advocate application and email to [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