Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County (FVPC) seeks volunteers who are bilingual in Spanish and English to work directly with victims of intimate partner violence during daytime hours. FVPC serves approximately 800 clients per year but not all of those clients are fluent in English.
If you have a couple of extra hours per week and speak Spanish as well as English, we could use your help! Bilingual (Spanish/English) Interpreters work in conjunction with FVPC trained (45 hrs) Hotline Advocates to help clients understand their rights. Interpreters might answer questions about Domestic Violence Protective Orders, local community resources, financial assistance or about the cycle of violence as they help clients navigate through their domestic violence situation toward help and healing. Interpreters go through a basic 10-hour training before working with clients. They can elect to be “on call” (available by phone during a set time each week) or spend time “in office” (available at our Chapel Hill office during a set time each week). Scheduling times for either option can be flexible but a minimum of 3 hours per week is preferred. Potential volunteers do not need a background in victim services or to reside in Orange County.
This is a terrific opportunity for grad students, retirees or others with limited hours who are looking to give back to their community. Men and women of all ages, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, educational backgrounds, and experience levels are welcome.
If you are interested in helping or would like to know more about becoming a trained Hotline Advocate, please contact Elizabeth Johnson, Volunteer & Community Education Coordinator. Elizabeth can be reached at elizabeth(at) fvpcoc(dot)org (919) 929-3872 ext. 118.