Become a Lorain County LOSS Team Responder (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors)

The Lorain County LOSS Team, based on a national program, provides support, guidance and hope to suicide survivors. Each Lorain County LOSS team consists of two to three responders, including survivors of suicide, clinicians, clergy and other caring individuals. Once dispatched, the team members meet and travel together to the scene of the suicide, providing immediate assistance to help survivors cope with the trauma of their loss. The team works in conjunction with local law enforcement to provide this vital support.

LOSS Team Responder Volunteer Requirements:

General requirements to become a volunteer are:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Complete a criminal background check, drug test and fingerprinting
  • Successfully complete the Lorain County LOSS Team volunteer responder’s training, post program interview and screening process
  • Have access to reliable transportation and phone during their shift
  • Maturity, dependability, sensitivity and a desire to help others
  • Adherence to The Nord Center policies and procedures

To become a Lorain County LOSS Team Responder, or to learn more about the Lorain County LOSS Team program, please email LOSS_Team_Responder@nordcenter.org. Download a printable flyer on becoming a LOSS Team Responder by clicking here.

 

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Volunteer for Sexual Assault Services

Volunteers enable the Sexual Assault Services (SAS) program to provide essential services to survivors of sexual assault and to those who support them, on a 24-hour basis, at absolutely no cost. No prior training or experience is necessary – just a desire to help those in crisis.

SAS Volunteer Opportunities:

Outreach Advocate: Must have transportation to our Sexual Assault Care Unit to support the survivor, in person, through the nurse’s interview and exam.

Hotline Advocate: When a phone call from a survivor is received after hours, by our 24-hour Nord Center Emergency Crisis Line, the advocate returns the call to the survivor and helps them through their crisis and supports them over the phone.

Community Outreach: Participate in health and wellness fairs throughout the year, and may also present Rape Crisis services presentations to businesses, schools and universities.

Staff Support: Help the Rape Crisis staff with administrative duties, special events, fundraisers, surveys and assistance with the preparation and organization of survivor materials.

SAS Volunteer Requirements:

General requirements to become a volunteer are:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Attend a pre-volunteer screening interview
  • Complete a criminal background check, drug test and fingerprinting
  • Successfully complete our 40-hour training program
  • A commitment to one or more shifts a month
  • Hotline Volunteers need access to a phone during their shift
  • Outreach Volunteers are required to have transportation during their shift
  • Mandatory attendance at quarterly reviews and training meeting
  • Maturity, dependability, sensitivity and a desire to help others
  • Adherence to The Nord Center policies and procedures

Prospective SAS volunteers must attend an extensive training program to prepare them for the demands of this position. The 40-hour training is offered twice a year, in fall and early spring. It is only through the dedication and strong commitment of our volunteers that we are able to serve so many people.

If you are interested in becoming an SAS volunteer, please contact Becky Opel at (440) 204-4188 or e-mail ropel@nordcenter.org.