Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
The purpose of being a volunteer for People Against Rape is to offer support, crisis intervention, and advocacy services to adult sexual assault victims (women and men). As an advocate, your job will be to answer calls from the twenty-four-hour, seven day a week People Against Rape Hotline, provide information, accompany victims to the hospital, and refer victims to appropriate services. Duties and Responsibilities:
Must commit to at least 24 hours of coverage per month as an on-call advocate.
Must be reachable by phone during scheduled shift.
MUST respond to PAR Hotline phone calls.
Must be able to respond to the hospital within 30 minutes of the call.
If unable to cover scheduled shift, find a replacement On-Call Advocate.
Must attend PAR advocate training course.
Must be at least one-year post trauma.
Must have the ability to work effectively victims, police, and medical personnel.
Must be reliable and maintain confidentiality.
Must be flexible. You have to have the ability to apply basic concepts and information to a wide variety of unexpected situations.
Must have the ability to work within boundaries of PAR’s regulations and procedures.
Must be 18.
Must have a car.
Work a minimum of 24 hours every month for a nine-month commitment upon completion of training. Go no more than three months without taking a shift.
On-call shifts are each day of the week, 24/7. Weekend shifts are 9am-9am. You have flexibility and are able to schedule your call to suit your life!
On-call calendar is available online. Notify the volunteer coordinator to sign up for shifts.
Location of Job: Volunteers may cover their shifts from any location as long as they are reachable by phone and are able to respond to MUSC within thirty minutes.
Benefits of Volunteering:
Direct contact with victims in crisis.
Basic and on-going training to improve communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a variety of people in diverse crisis situations.
Opportunity to network with others who work with crime victims.
Other Volunteer Opportunities:
PAR advocates may assist in educating the public about sexual assault issues such as date rape, risk reduction, and sexual harassment.