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Looking to Volunteer? Join SARA in 2019!

We are excited to announce our training dates for January 2019 and April 2019! We’re looking for more Volunteer Crisis Advocates to help us support survivors of sexual violence. Why volunteer for SARA? Our Volunteer Crisis Advocates (VCAs) are able to develop new skills and gain new experiences that reach beyond their roles as advocates and inform their day-to-day lives. Additionally, our VCAs get to be part of a great team of staff and other volunteers who work together to provide crisis response to survivors through our 24-hour crisis hotline and in-person support for survivors at hospitals, police departments, and protective order proceedings.

“Volunteering for SARA has been such an amazing adventure: time commitments aren’t a problem, flexibility is always an option, and helping someone is part of the job.” says VCA Tosha Brown. “You don’t have to have special skills; you just have to be a great listener. As a volunteer for SARA you give a voice to those who feel voiceless. You give power to those feeling powerless, and, by simply saying, ‘I believe you,’ you give someone hope again.” (To read Tosha’s blog post about volunteering for SARA, click here.)

SARA volunteers are a crucial part of our ability to respond to survivors and their loved ones in moments of need, providing crisis intervention, support, advocacy, emergency assistance, and information and referrals. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, have access to reliable transportation, complete the 40-hour Crisis Advocate training provided by SARA, and be able to commit to at least one (1) year of service. For more information or to access our online application packet, please click here! If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Director of Crisis Services Laura Guilliams by calling 540-345-7273 or email: lguilliams@sararoanoke.org.

Applications for January 2019 are due Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019! Apply here!!