The Alachua County Victim Services & Rape Crisis Center seeks volunteers to serve as crisis phone line counselors. Summer volunteer training is held over the course of nine weeks on Wednesdays, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., beginning on June 28, 2017.
Volunteers serve as helpline counselors who answer the agency's 24/7 crisis phone lines while the office is closed (nights, weekends, and holidays). Potential volunteers will undergo over 40 hours of training in crisis intervention, advocacy and the dynamics of sexual violence. They are also certified in Advocacy Core Training through the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence. In addition to an online course, volunteers meet weekly for group classes, and interactive role plays facilitated by the agency's staff.
“For many survivors of trauma, establishing a connection with a caring and non-judgmental supporter can be a major catalyst for healing.” Sexual Assault Program Manager Jessie Lazarchik said, “Helpline counselors have the opportunity to take on an important role in this healing process.”
Visit the agency's website for an online application and more information.
For more information, contact Jessie Lazarchik at 352-264-6767.