Along with Hotline Advocates, FVPC relies a great deal of our community educators. Community Educators go out into the Orange County community and work to educate the general public about issues of domestic violence and dating violence. Our Community Educators can be seen at local health fairs, in our public schools, in front of community partners such as local businesses or churches. We’re on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, in classrooms, at tabling events and speaking to on-campus groups and organizations. We also go into police departments as well as the Department of Social Services to train their staff on some of our best practices. One of our newest community ed projects is time in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro middle schools this fall. We will be in 6th & 8th grade classrooms during the year talking to Health classes about relationship skills (what’s healthy, what’s not and how to get help, if you need it).
All of our presentations are free and they are often open to the public. But we need volunteers to continue to make this outreach happen!
Our next Community Educator volunteer training starts Tuesday September 7. This training is (shorter than our Hotline Advocate volunteer training) taking place over 6 sessions, running approx. 20 hours. The trainings are free but we do ask for a 9-month commitment. If you have an interest in primary prevention of domestic violence, have strong presentation skills and enjoy meeting new people, we’d like to hear from you! Download the Volunteer Application from our website here and we will be in touch to set up an interview. If you are interested in volunteering but worried about fitting training into your schedule please call and we can discuss options for your volunteer training! You can also email me with any questions that you have: vccoordinator (at) fvpcoc.org.