Volunteers Make a Difference
Sexual assault is a crime that often leaves its victims feeling confused, embarrassed, angry, guilty, helpless and frightened. The emotional impact of sexual assault does not disappear.
Talking about feelings with someone who cares and understands the impact of rape can help. No one should have to face it alone.
You Can Help By:
- Being there to support someone in crisis.
- Listening and offering help to someone in crisis.
- Educating the public on the subject of sexual assault.
What’s In It For Me?
- Volunteerism is a way to act on an issue that is important to you.
- You will learn strong communication and active listening skills.
- You can feel satisfaction knowing that you can help a person through a difficult time.
- You can battle wrong by defending what’s right.
- You can fulfil community service hours.
Volunteer hours are flexible and can be worked around your schedule.
About the Volunteer Program
Since its beginnings, the Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center has relied heavily on volunteers to accomplish its mission. Without volunteers, RARCC could not exist.
Advocate volunteers provide in-person crisis intervention, information, and referrals to victims of sexual assault, to family members, and to friends. These services are provided at local hospitals, police stations, court, etc. Advocate volunteers must complete a 40-hour training (provided by RARCC), be at least 21 years of age, demonstrate maturity, and possess a valid California driver’s license, adequate transportation and automobile insurance coverage.
Crisis Line (Hotline)
Crisis Line volunteers provide crisis intervention, information and referrals to victims of sexual assault, to family members and to friends by telephone. Crisis Line volunteers must complete a 40-hour training (provided by RARCC), be at least 21 years of age and demonstrate maturity.
Speakers Bureau volunteers provide education to the community regarding the issue of sexual assault and possible preventative measures. This service is provided to various groups, schools and organizations. Speakers Bureau volunteers must be a minimum of 21 years of age, must complete a Speakers Bureau training class in addition to the crisis training. Training is provided by RARCC.
Office support volunteers provide assistance in RARCC’s office when needed.