UNION COUNTY – The Union County Rape Crisis Center is currently seeking volunteers to serve as advocates for victims of sexual assault. The volunteer advocacy program, which is run by the Union County Department of Human Services, has provided thousands of residents with support and guidance since its inception in 1984.
“This invaluable community service would not be possible without a network of dedicated volunteers, and the Freeholder Board is very proud of them,” said Freeholder Chairman Linda Carter. “Our volunteer advocates help guide victims through legal and medical systems while providing emotional support, respecting the strict confidentiality of each case.”
No previous experience in counseling is necessary. Volunteers at the Rape Crisis Center receive a thorough training course. Volunteers must also be age 18 or over and have their own transportation.
Volunteer Advocates most often provide guidance over the phone. In some cases, the Advocate may accompany a victim to the police station, hospital or courtroom.
Advocates may also offer support and guidance to family members, loved ones or friends, if requested by the victim.
The next volunteer recruiting sequence is currently under way, beginning with initial interviews for prospective volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, call the Union County Rape Crisis Center at 908-233-7273 to schedule an interview over the summer.
The training starts this fall for qualified volunteers. The course consists of two sessions per week from September 3 to October 31, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. All sessions will be held at the County services building in Westfield, at 300 North Avenue East.
For more information about the Rape Crisis Center call 908-233-7273 or visit the Rape Crisis Center blog, unioncountyrapecrisiscenter.blogspot.com.
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