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Advocate/Crisis Line Volunteer

HOW CAN I HELP? Volunteering at Central MN Sexual Assault Center (CMSAC) is both a rewarding and challenging way to get experience helping individuals overcome a crisis in their life.

Volunteering at Central MN Sexual Assault Center will help to build skills for future career choices and give you the satisfaction of helping individuals through a traumatic time in their lives.

There are a variety of ways that individuals can get involved with preventing sexual assault and/or helping people who have been victims of sexual assault. Our main volunteer opportunity is on our crisis line where volunteers take phone calls from victims and their support people, respond to local hospitals, and work with law enforcement. Other volunteer opportunities include helping with the Take Back the Night Awareness Event, becoming a CMSAC representative at community resource/health fairs, providing community education, and raising funds for our agency through CMSAC's fund-raising committee.  Service learning and internship opportunities may also be available.  Please call CMSAC for more information on how to get involved in these and other excellent opportunities!

As previously mentioned, CMSAC's main volunteer opportunity is to become a Volunteer Sexual Assault Advocate and work on our 24-hour crisis phone line.  This position, which requires a 40-hour training that can be taken through CMSAC, is described below:  

 

VOLUNTEER SEXUAL ASSAULT ADVOCATE POSITION DESCRIPTION:

The main role of an advocate is to provide services for sexual assault victims at medical facilities, law enforcement centers, and during court and legal proceedings. Volunteer advocates also answer phone calls on CMSAC's 24-hour crisis line and provide crisis intervention, information, referral, and guidance to victims of sexual assault in the evenings and on weekends.  Advocates use their cell phones to take calls on the crisis line, so volunteer work can be done from one's home unless called in to provide in-person advocacy at a law enforcement, medical, or similar setting.

Volunteers are required to attend a 40-hour training in order to qualify as a sexual assault advocate and begin crisis line volunteer work.  These trainings are offered at CMSAC.  More information on upcoming training dates can be gained by contacting CMSAC.  In addition to the 40-hour training requirement, we ask that volunteers take 2 crisis line shifts per month and commit to volunteering with CMSAC for about a year.  (This particular volunteer opportunity requires you to be 18 or older).

To receive an application and more information, check out our website or give us a call!

Need Type: Volunteer
This Need is ongoing
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 56304-0435