15 people are interested
Sexual Violence Crisis Line Volunteers Needed
ORGANIZATION: Victim Services
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15 people are interested
Our volunteer advocates go through a 40-hour training after which they are Certified Volunteer Advocates in the state of Minnesota.
After completing training, our volunteers answer our 24/7 crisis line offering a caring voice to provide emotional support, referrals, and information for victims of sexual assault and other crimes. Additionally, volunteer advocates assist victims/survivors at the hospital during a sexual assault exam as well as law enforcement interviews.
Crisis line shifts are nightly from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. as well as weekend and holiday days from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Crisis line advocates are able to respond to crisis line calls from their homes.
When a volunteer has the crisis line, they are required to stay at their house the entire shift unless they are called out to respond to Saint Marys Emergency Department. Volunteers will be trained to answer crisis calls, help with de-escalation, safety planning, and connecting callers to resources. Volunteers are also trained to respond out to Saint Marys Emergency Department to support a victim of Sexual Assault. Before volunteering all volunteers must take the free 40-hour Sexual Assault Training.
Free 40-hour Sexual Assault Advocacy Training
- Typically held twice a year (Fall and Spring)
- Broken up into 10 weekday evening sessions (ex. 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.)
- Volunteers need to attend all sessions, and can make up two sessions if needed
Minimum requirements to volunteer
- Must be 18+ years old to volunteer
- Live within a 30-minute response time to Saint Marys Emergency Department
- Pass a background check
- Be able to complete the 40 Hour Sexual Assault Advocacy Training
- Able to take one shift per month
Interested in volunteering?
We are always looking for dedicated volunteers. If interested, please fill out an application on the Olmsted County Victim Services webpage.
08:00 AM to 05:00 PM
weekends and holidays
05:00 PM to 08:00 AM
- NONE OF THESE TIMES WORK FOR ME, BUT I CAN STILL HELP
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About Victim Services
151 4th Street SE, Rochester, MN 55904, US
We believe that victims of crime have a right to be met with dignity and respect. To ensure that, the programs of Victim Services are committed to providing: * Advocacy and support to help meet the needs of crime victims; * Advocacy designed to prompt systems change; * Professional and community education; and * Prevention efforts to challenge the existence of violence in our communities.
Victim Services provides crisis intervention, advocacy, financial assistance, and support to victims of sexual assault and major felony crimes. We also provide community assistance on crime prevention and safety education to the schools and community. We also have special outreach programs to assist youth, immigrants/refugee, and SE Asian victims of crime. Victim Services serves Dodge, Fillmore, and Olmsted counties.
On Call/Saint Marys EDRochester, MN 55905
September 19, 2023
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Orientation or Training
- minimum of one year participation in the program; minimum of one shift per month