WHAT YOU DO MATTERS.
After completing a criminal background check and the mandatory 20-hour training program most volunteers agree to be either a Crisis Line volunteer or Hospital Advocate. Additionally, we use your help for clerical support, fund-raising or to staff booths at area festivals and educational events.
A Crisis Line Volunteer
Works from home agreeing to be “on call” for a 6 hour shift. Calls are routed to you-generally at your home from our answering service. (Your number is kept confidential and the caller never knows your phone number.)You sign up for the shift that works best for you and your schedule. The volunteer helps the caller by offering advocacy and support.
A Hospital Advocate
Volunteers for an “on call” 12 hour shift weekdays or a 24-hour shift on the weekend. The Advocate goes to area hospitals and supports the victim and the family or friends. This volunteer works closely with a specially trained nurse-Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) and area police.
What if I have been a victim of sexual assault?
You might be surprised to learn that some of our volunteers have been sexually assaulted themselves or have had a family member or friend assaulted. It is important that you share this information with the Volunteer Coordinator during your initial interview.
What time commitment do you expect of me?
We require twelve (12) hours of service per month for you to maintain an “active” status with us. Additionally, volunteers must attend quarterly volunteer meetings to increase their knowledge of sexual assault and learn of any updates from RCC.
Sounds great! What do I do next?
We would love to have you join us! We need you, welcome aboard!