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Help Survivors of Sexual Assault
What we’re looking for:
We are looking for compassionate individuals to volunteer with our rape crisis advocacy program. When you volunteer as an advocate you can rest assure that you’re going to be making a difference in the life of a survivor of sexual assault. Our volunteer advocates accompany survivors to emergency rooms, police departments and provide one on one crisis intervention to victims and their significant others.
Each volunteer must complete our comprehensive 40+hour training which will provide you with all the skills and knowledge to do this rewarding work. We offer our training twice a year: November and June. The training sessions are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday’s. We also have a lot of professionals in the field who take our training strictly as professional development. There is a minimal charge for volunteers.
Please contact Kristina Ochoa at 630-790-6600 ext. 2446 or at Kristina.Ochoa@ywcachicago.org for more questions and to register for our next training beginning October 31, 2016.
I wanted to be part of an orgainzation that supports woman in the community and is commited to ending sexual violence against women, children and men. The YWCA is a great place to make a diffrence in the community!
The YWCA is a wonderful organization that is doing a great work in the community.I have been volunteer with Rape Crisis Center for 5 years.The training is extensive and the help given to those who call is needed.
by Maurissa M. from Hoffman Estates, IL
First of all, the training to be a YWCA volunteer is a training you will not forget; it is a character-building training where you will learn about yourself and about others. Second, through the volunteer experience you will have the opportunity to support someone who needs that support from someone that does not know them (and will not judge them!). Third, once a month there are volunteer meetings which continues to build the bond with the other volunteers and staff and are also great learning opportunities.