Are you looking for a little more meaning in your daily life? Is your job frustrating to you and have you thinking about a career change? Does going back to school sound attractive but you find yourself unsure of what to study and for what reason? If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, consider volunteering with us.
Here at FVPC, volunteers help with a number of the services that we offer. They are support group facilitators, court advocates, community educators and hotline advocates. They work directly with victims of intimate partner violence and they also help fundraise behind the scenes. With all of the opportunities to help here at the Center, our volunteers gain real time experience that they can use in their current work, add to a resume, include on an application for grad school and more.
Hotline Advocates use the skills that they learned in training to assist clients in need with Domestic Violence Protective Orders, do safety planning, offer crisis counseling, refer out to partner agencies, screen for support group and much more. We offer extensive training for all volunteers. The Hotline Advocate training takes place over 6 weeks and includes topics such as crisis intervention, active listening, legal advocacy, understanding Orange County community resources, dealing with different populations, abuser typology, and more. Graduates of the hotline advocate training work directly with clients who call our 24-hr hotline as well as drop into the office.
The dates for the Fall 2011 Hotline Advocate training begin Tuesday September 6 and run for 6 weeks on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30-9:00 pm at The Seymour Center in Chapel Hill. The complete dates are: 9/6, 9/8, 9/13, 9/15, 9/20, 9/22, 10/4, 10/6, 10/11, 10/13, 10/18 and 10/20. We are off the week of September 26. The training is completely free but we do ask for a 9-month commitment to the Center.
Community Educators go out into the Orange County community and speak to public and private groups (including small and large businesses, the UNC Chapel Hill community, Department of Social Services and many more) about intimate partner violence. Our CEs are often professionals in the community and some of them are IPV survivors themselves. The dates for the Fall 2011 Community Educator are TBD and while some of their sessions usually overlap with some of the Hotline Advocate sessions, they are fewer hours.
Spanish language on-call interpreters for Hotline Advocates are in demand! The hours for this training and time commitment are much shorter but the need is great. FVPC does not have a Latino Services Coordinator so we reply on volunteers entirely to help serve our Spanish speaking clients. If you are a Spanish speaker, consider giving us a few hours a week to help meet this need.
To learn more about why our volunteers work with us, check out some of our recent volunteer spotlights here, here and here. If you are interested in learning more about how you can help, please call Elizabeth at 929 3872 or email me elizabeth (at) fvpcoc (dot) org.