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"I am so happy that I found Valley Trauma Center both for the work I do with survivors and the staff I work with. This has been one of the most rewarding and fulfilling experiences in my life. And I am both privileged and humbled to work with survivors in their time of need."

Julie Pietroski

Rape Crisis Advocate

HOW YOU CAN HELP
BECOME A VOLUNTEER - WE NEED YOU!

"In my heart, I know that I'm right where God wants me to be--helping others and growing from my experiences at Valley Trauma Center."

Sheba Shiver

Rape Crisis Advocate

Valley Trauma Center is always looking for special people who are ready to make a commitment to becoming part of a unique team of dedicated individuals working daily as Rape Crisis Advocates, Counselor Trainees and Interns, and Prevention Educators. Volunteers are essential to the mission of Valley Trauma Center. As a community-based organization, the center relies on volunteers to promote and sustain its ongoing programs of crisis intervention, advocacy, education, and prevention.

"Volunteering at the Valley Trauma Center has shaped the person that I am today. Although it has its challenges...the rewards are immeasurable. It has taught me the beauty of reaching out to others and shown me what an effect I can have on another  person’s life. It has truly been one of the best decisions of my life."

Nelie Farivar

Rape Crisis Advocate

The rewards of volunteering for Valley Trauma Center are many: helping people in crisis, working to end violence, receiving on-going training and supervision, educating the public about important social issues, assisting a long-standing community organization, and receiving state certification as a rape crisis advocate.

"I am so happy that I found Valley Trauma Center both for the work I do with survivors and the staff I work with. This has been one of the most rewarding and fulfilling experiences in my life. And I am both privileged and humbled to work with survivors in their time of need."

Julie Pietroski

Rape Crisis Advocate

We require all of our volunteers to attend our 60-hour state certified training, which is offered three times a year over four consecutive weekends.  The training prepares volunteers to perform accompaniments and staff the 24-hour hotline. The training covers a variety of topics, including:

Historical, Psychological, and Sociocultural Aspects of Sexual Assault

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Rape Trauma Syndrome

Crisis Intervention

Countertransferrence and Self Care

The Sexual Assault Response Team

Child and Teen Sexual Assault

Domestic Violence

Cultural Competency

Prevention Education

We ask that our advocates make a minimum one-year commitment to a 6.5 hour shift. You must be over eighteen to be a rape crisis advocate.

" When people are upset, I like to make them feel better. I always have. On my hotline shift I get the chance to do just that.  It is very rewarding to have a survivor tell you that you have made a difference not only in their day but in their life."

Bill Vought

Rape Crisis Advocate

 

For more information about volunteering, email stephanieprince@valleytraumacenter.org....or download and complete our PDF Volunteer Application, and mail it to:

Valley Trauma Center
7116 Sophia Ave.
Van Nuys, CA 91406

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 
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