The Alachua County Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center is
seeking caring and compassionate volunteers to make a difference in the lives
of individuals affected by violent crime. The Center is particularly looking to
recruit bilingual Spanish-English speaking volunteers. Summer volunteer
training is held over the course of nine weeks, beginning on Wednesday, May 15,
2019. The Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center asks for a minimum
commitment of nine months or 36 shifts.
Volunteers serve as counselors who answer the agency's 24/7 crisis
helpline while the office is closed (nights, weekends, and holidays). Training
includes 30 hours of online coursework in crisis intervention, advocacy,
and the dynamics of sexual violence and interpersonal crimes. In addition
to the online course, applicants meet weekly for group training classes and
interactive role-plays facilitated by the agency's staff. Upon completion,
volunteers are certified in Advocacy Core Training through the Florida Council
Against Sexual Violence.
There is no fee for the training, and applicants do not need to
possess any specific degrees or experience to attend. Potential
volunteers must submit an application (attached).
Potential volunteers must submit the online application.
For more information,
contact Jessie Lazarchik at 352-264-6767 or Ashley Flattery at 352-264-6763.
If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a County program, service or public meeting, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at (352)374-5275 at least 2 business days prior to the event. TTY users, please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).