One in Four…

Raising awareness about issues related to domestic & dating violence

Lending an ear… January 5, 2011

Filed under: volunteering — Elizabeth Johnson @ 4:07 pm

Have friends ever told you that you are a good listener?  Do people you don’t know well confide their life story to you or ask you for advice?  Do you feel like you are more patient with other people and their issues than your own?  If so, read on…

We need *daytime* advocates in our office Monday – Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm or 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Daytime advocates meet with walk-in clients and callers to our 24-hour hotline. We also need *overnight* advocates who carry a cell phone to respond to hotline calls during non-office hours (evenings and weekends). Using active listening and crisis intervention skills, advocates provide emotional support and informational resources (legal, medical, mental health and shelter options) to victims of domestic violence, their friends and family members. Note: A special need exists for bilingual (Spanish/English) advocates for daytime shifts.  Requirements for this position include completion of 48-hour classroom training and completion of three “shadowing” shifts with an experienced volunteer. Prior to training, a completed application and interview is required.

FVPC volunteers serve victims of domestic violence as well as the Orange County community at large. Men and women of all ages, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, educational backgrounds, and experience levels are welcome. Volunteers do not need to live in Orange County.  FVPC does ask for a nine month commitment from volunteers but the training is free.

Spring training starts February 15th and goes through March 24th, meeting Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30-9:00 pm. Click here for our volunteer application.

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