Victim Services requests volunteers

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Sexual assault can happen to anyone.  And when it does, knowing there is someone to turn to can make all the difference in the world for victims and their families.  The Sexual Assault Program of Victim Services trains volunteers to offer such support to survivors of sexual assault in Dodge, Olmsted and Fillmore counties.  To become a volunteer all interested applicants must attend our required 40-hour course which teaches prospective volunteers the skills necessary to become crisis line advocates.

Our next training starts in January and will be primarily held at the Government Center in Rochester during the evenings with an additional two Saturday morning sessions. Below are the dates and times for this 9 week training. 

Thur. January 17th (5:30pm -9:30pm) 

Sat. January 19th  (8:00am-12:00pm)
Thur. January 24th (5:30pm-9:30pm)
Sat. January 26th (8:00am-12:00pm)
Thur. January 31st (5:30pm-9:30pm)
Wed. February 6th  (5:30pm -9:30pm)
Wed. February 13th  (5:30pm -9:30pm)
Thur. February 21st (5:30pm-9:30pm)
Thur. February 28th (5:30pm-9:30pm)

Volunteering means taking a cell phone and bag of resources to your home when you pick up shifts.  Shifts are usually evenings 5pm-8am, but are also during the day on weekends 8am-5pm.  We require that our volunteers stay at their house during their shift for privacy purposes. The 40-hour training will teach volunteers information and skills needed for call outs, how to support and advocate for victims of sexual violence, and ways they can assist callers who call the crisis line. If you are interested or have more questions, please feel free to contact Neil Dennison who is the Volunteer Coordinator for Victim Services.  He can be reached by phone at 328-7276 or by email