The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) at Zufall Health - Somerville serves as Somerset County's ONLY sexual violence/rape crisis program. We provide the county's 24-hour confidential hotline, accompaniments with survivors of sexual violence to the hospital and/or prosecutor's office and/or police station, crisis intervention, information, referral, and support. Services are also available for family, significant others, and loved ones of survivors.
All interested individuals, after interviewing and acceptance into the program, will need to complete a 40-hour training over the course of 3 months.
Once training is completed, volunteer advocates are qualified to provide assistance through hotline support and accompaniments when requested. Advocates must make a one year commitment and take at least 1 shift per quarter and a total of at least 10 shifts in one year. For more information, please contact SASS at (908) 526-2335 ext. 136, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Biligual Spanish/English and Male advocates are especially needed.