Mission: To support, educate and empower those impacted by crime. The Crime Victims Assistance Network (I-CAN) Foundation is a crime victims assistance organization based in California. We are here to help. The I-CAN Foundation provides services, fre... Read more
Mission: To support, educate and empower those impacted by crime. The Crime Victims Assistance Network (I-CAN) Foundation is a crime victims assistance organization based in California. We are here to help. The I-CAN Foundation provides services, free of charge, to victims of crime in Sacramento, throughout the state of California and across the country that include information, advocacy, accompaniment to parole hearings, and resources and referrals.
I-CAN Volunteer Victim Advocates work to enhance the victim-centered approach embraced by the I-CAN Foundation. Advocates provide crisis intervention, peer counseling, emotional support, information and referrals to victims of crime and their loved ones. They may be asked to support a victim through the parole hearing process and accompaniment to court. In addition volunteers may be asked to assist the foundation in outreaching to the community and other organizations. Individuals interested in becoming a Volunteer Victim Advocate with the I-CAN Foundation must first successfully complete the I-CAN Victim Advocate training that covers a variety of subjects on victim services, with emphasis on crisis intervention and peer counseling. To apply email us for the Volunteer Application. Once your application is reviewed by our staff you will be called in for an in person interview. For more information, please call 916-273-3603 ext 28 during our business hours: Mon-Fri, 9:00am - 5:00pm; or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- The interview gets very personal.
- Multiple months passed between the first time I contacted them and when I was "hired."
- They canceled one particular meeting with me twice; first for understandable reasons but the second time they did so 18 minutes before the meeting in an inconsiderate tone, though later they apologized.
- The fliers they had me distribute (for further volunteer recruitment) don't state the 21 year age requirement. I'm sure many people <21 who saw the flier wasted time contacting them.
- What they train you for is primarily to talk to clients over the *phone.*
- Despite the "court advocacy" possibility they state, not a single one of their volunteers (past or present) has actually done it.
- They operate out of what feels like a mobile home, so if you're over 5'6" it might feel uncomfortable.
- Their website has had many technical issues for months; yet they still have volunteers do research for the content. They have trouble navigating their own site.