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, providing 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 25 hours of training, which is provided by STSM.
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.
THERE IS AN APPLICATION PROCESS. You can find our application on our website at https://www.stsm.org/get-involved/volunteer-opportunities. Contact our Volunteer Services Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Thank you for your interest in STSM and your commitment to our community!
3830 Forest Drive, Suite 201, Columbia, SC 29204, US
To support survivors in recovery from the trauma associated with sexual assault and abuse and educate the community to identify and prevent sexual violence.
Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands is a non-profit, United Way Member Agency. We serve as a clinical, educational and outreach center for sexual abuse and trauma issues through a team of committed professionals and volunteers dedicated to the health and healing of the total victim through prevention, treatment, and advocacy. Our goals include public education, awareness, risk reduction and treatment for survivors of sexual assault and abuse. Our services include the following:
-Accompany survivors of sexual assault during medical treatment and the reporting process
-24-Hour Crisis Hotline (771-7273)
-Free, confidential Legal and Personal Advocacy
-Free, confidential Crisis Counseling
-Free, confidential individual counseling for survivors of sexual assault or abuse, as well as their family and friends.
-Support Groups for survivors and family
-Prevention Education for youth in elementary through high school
-Community Education Presentations
-Professional Development Trainings for teachers, counselors, and other helping professionals