Volunteer Advocates

Fall Advocate Training

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

Fall 2018: September 7 – October 18

Click here to register for the Fall 2018 Training

 

Next Training Dates

Winter 2019: January 10 – February 28

Spring 2019: April 4 – May 16

 

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:

Take crisis line calls during evening, weekend and holiday hours

  •       Assist callers in crisis
  •       Provide hospital accompaniment for sexual assault victims, their friends and family
  •       Provide client with appropriate referrals to community agencies, 211 or Our VOICE Client Services Coordinator
  •       Respond to hospital calls in teams of two whenever possible
  •       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

Complete 21 hour Training

  •       Pre-training interview and references required
  •       Includes homework outside of sessions—readings and activities
  •       1 session may be missed and made up

On Call Shifts: minimum 2 shifts each month

  •       Monday thru Friday 5 pm to 8 am
  •       Saturday and Sunday 8 am to 8 am
  •       Office Holidays 8 am to 8 am
  •       Respond to on-call calendar scheduling requests by 20th of each month
  •       Responsible for finding coverage if not able to cover shift

Attend In-Service Meetings held monthly

  •       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
  •       Mandatory attendance for minimum of 5 out of 12 meetings

Report Client Contacts

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

 Requirements:  Reliable transportation, cell phone and internet; Minimum age: 20

 

If you have any questions, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (828) 252-0562 ext 105.

Download the Our VOICE Advocate Application here. You can turn in the application in person at the Our VOICE office or email the completed form to quinnn@ourvoicenc.org