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Lorain County Rape Crisis Volunteer Training Begins in October
Without a pool of dedicated volunteers Lorain County Rape Crisis could not provide essential services 24/7 at absolutely no cost. Starting the week of October 1, 2012, Lorain County Rape Crisis will hold its next 6 week, 40-hour volunteer training program. No previous experience is necessary. This training will provide the skills needed to successfully serve as a Rape Crisis Advocate.
This training program will be held two evenings a week for 6 weeks. Lorain County Rape Crisis is a registered program of the Ohio Advocate Network which ensures that programs provide quality advocacy and supportive services to those victimized by crime through the establishment of uniform minimum standards for pre-service training and continuing education.
There are two volunteer opportunities: Outreach Advocate and Hotline Advocate. Outreach Advocates must have transportation to the Sexual Assault Care Unit to support the sexual assault survivor in person through the nurse’s interview and collection of evidence. Hotline Advocates return calls to sexual assault survivors when they are received after hours by the 24-hour Nord Center Emergency Crisis Line, helping them through their crisis and supporting them over the phone.
Volunteer Requirements for Lorain County Rape Crisis Advocates are: 40 hour training; a commitment to one or more shifts per month; and attendance at mandatory quarterly reviews and training meetings. Hotline Volunteers must have access to a phone during their shift. Outreach Volunteers must have access to transportation during their shift.
If interested, please contact Brandi, Volunteer Liaison at (440) 204-4398 or e-mail Lorain County Rape Crisis is a program of The Nord Center.

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