Volunteer for Advocate Safehouse Project
The Advocate Safehouse Project (ASP) provides clients with the assistance needed to find resources, healing and temporary housing while they attempt to recover from the affects of domestic violence or sexual assault. The agency needs volunteers to help victims of domestic violence through a difficult time in their lives. Join the Advocate Safehouse team of dedicated volunteers and staff and make a difference in your community. The free training prepares volunteers to respond to calls on the ASP 24-hour help line. Classes will be presented by community professionals, on topics including the role of the advocate, dynamics of domestic violence, listening skills, cultural issues, crisis intervention, sexual assault, children and domestic violence, law enforcement involvement, community resources, victim assistance information, and policies and procedures for ASP. There will also be time to practice with role-playing to give the volunteers a chance to hear how an actual call might sound. Training dates are two evenings per week from 6-9 p.m., beginning Feb. 20 and ending March 15. The schedule also includes a session from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on Feb. 24. Volunteers are asked to cover four 12-hour shifts per month, which can be done from home, handling up to three calls. These calls involve listening, taking the caller seriously and responding to his or her needs. These needs may range from hearing the voice of someone who cares, providing the caller with a list of resources, and if needed, assisting the caller with housing.If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kathy at 945-2632, ext. 104. She will mail you an application and set up a time for a pre-training interview. Bilingual volunteers are needed.Kay Vasilakis’ “Nonprofit Spotlight” column appears every other Wednesday. Kay is the media coordinator for the Garfield County Human Services Commission. To contact her, please call 384-9118 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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