Volunteer Advocates

Fall Volunteer Advocate Training

Our VOICE Crisis Line Advocate Training is specifically for anyone interested in volunteering on the Our VOICE crisis line (please review the requirements before committing to the training). In this training, volunteers will learn about Our VOICE services, how to support survivors of sexual violence over the phone and in the hospital, and a variety of other tools and information! At the end, you will then be ready to volunteer on the crisis line directly supporting survivors of sexual violence.

This is a 21-hour training. You must be at all 7 days of the training unless previously cleared with the volunteer coordinator.

Training sessions are held on Thursdays from 5:30-8:30 pm at the Our VOICE office.

Thursdays between September 12th – October 24th 

To sign up for this upcoming training please visit our register page here!

Can’t make this training? Reach out to Quinn at quinnn@ourvoicenc.org about our upcoming Crash Course Training.

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Qualifications of an Advocate:

  • Understanding of sexual violence
  • Ability and willingness to listen and communicate with survivors of sexual violence
  • Evidence of good judgment in everyday relations with others
  • Ability to show concern and empathy for survivors<
  • Reliability and responsibility
  • Ability to manage emotions and reactions to survivors’ stories
  • Patience with self and others in difficult situations
  • Ability to work with diverse populations

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What Our VOICE Crisis Response Advocates Do:

What Our VOICE Crisis Line Advocates Do:

Take crisis line calls during your assigned shift.

  • Assist callers in crisis
  • Go to the hospital with survivors after a sexual assault
  • Provide client with appropriate referrals to Our VOICE services or other community agencies
  • Provide to all victims of sexual assault information regarding options and procedures
  • Know how to take emotional care of self and ask for help when needed
  • Give options, not answers or advice = client empowerment

On Call Shifts: minimum 2 shifts each month

  • Volunteers are scheduled each month based on their self-reported availability
  • Shifts are weekdays 5pm-8am the next morning and weekends 8 am to 8 am the next morning.
  • Respond to on-call calendar scheduling requests by 20th of each month
  • Responsible for finding coverage if not able to cover shift
  • Commit to serving at least 4 months on the crisis line

Attend Continuing Education Meetings at least 3 times a year

  • Trainings offered once a month
  • Mandatory attendance for minimum of 3 out of 12 meetings
  • Learn new policies, laws and current issues
  • Guest presenters on special topics
  • Share concerns and case examples with other advocates
  • Feel connected to the community of Our VOICE Advocates

Report Client Contacts

  • All calls and hospital accompaniments must be reported no later than 9 am the next business day
  • Reports are submitted online

Other Requirements

  • Reliable transportation
  • Cell phone
  • Internet/email

Qualifications of an Advocate:

  • Understanding of sexual violence
  • Ability and willingness to listen and communicate with survivors of sexual violence
  • Evidence of good judgment in everyday relations with others
  • Ability to show concern and empathy for survivors
  • Reliability and responsibility
  • Ability to manage emotions and reactions to survivors’ stories
  • Patience with self and others in difficult situations
  • Ability to work with diverse populations

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If you have any questions, please contact Quinn, the Volunteer Coordinator at (828) 252-0562 ext 105 or email them at quinnn@ourvoicenc.org.