Media Release

County Victim Services & Rape Crisis Center Seeks Crisis Line Counselors

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 3:30 PM

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - The Alachua County Victim Services & Rape Crisis Center seeks volunteers to serve as crisis phone line counselors. Spring volunteer training is held over the course of nine weeks on Wednesdays, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., beginning on February 1, 2017.

Volunteers serve as helpline counselors who answer the agency's 24/7 crisis phone lines while the office is closed (nights and weekends). Potential volunteers will undergo over 40 hours of training in crisis intervention, advocacy and the dynamics of sexual violence, and be certified in Advocacy Core Training through the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence. In addition to an online course, volunteers will meet weekly for group classes and interactive role plays facilitated by the agency's staff.

Sexual Assault Program Manager Jessie Lazarchik said, "Many people want to help, but they aren’t sure how. Becoming a helpline volunteer gives them a great opportunity to learn the skills that allow them to support and serve survivors in our community.” She continued, “We are seeking caring and compassionate volunteers to make a difference in the lives of individuals hurt by violent crime.”

Visit the agency’s website for an online application and more information.

For more information, contact Jessie Lazarchik at 352-264-6767.


  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

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).