Our volunteer advocates are our agency's front-line responders, working directly with survivors immediately after a a sexual assault by accompanying them to the emergency room. During the hospital accompaniment, volunteer advocates play many different roles such as providing information about medical and law enforcement processes, provding emotional support to the survivor and their friends/family members, and providing crisis intervention to help reduce the trauma a survivor experiences from an attempted or completed sexual assault.
Volunteer advocates also answer our 24-hour crisis line after hours.
Requirements: Volunteer advocates must be at least 18 years old, have reliable transportation, and be able to pass a criminal background check. Volunteers should be reliable, compassionate, open-minded, and good listeners.
Training: After a volunteer applicant completes the application process and is approved to volunteer, they are required to complete a total of 24.5 hours of training, which is provided by STSM. Trainings are help in June, October, and February.
Commitment: Volunteer Advocates are required to be on-call for at least two shifts a month. Each day has a day and a night shift, and the length of each shift varies by the day of the week. Therefore, volunteer advocates provide between 18-30 hours of service each month. Volunteers choose their own shifts based on their schedule, and their shift choices can vary from month to month! We also ask that volunteer advocates remain with our agency for at least one year.
THERE IS AN APPLICATION PROCESS. Contact me if you have ANY questions or to begin the application process!!!!
Thank you for your interest in STSM and your committment to our community!
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Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- 18-30 on call hours per month; active hours vary