Press Release

For Immediate Release: August 23, 2018

Share Your Strength: Become a Volunteer Advocate for Victims of Sexual Violence

Union County, NJ – Union County residents who are looking for a powerful way to give back to the community can apply to volunteer with the Union County Rape Crisis Center. The Rape Crisis Center provides intervention, advocacy, medical and legal accompaniment, and other support services for victims of sexual violence through a 24-hour hotline. 

“Our Rape Crisis Center volunteers are a powerful force for good in the Union County community,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “Our volunteers are knowledgeable and non-judgmental. They offer the vital human elements of empathy and understanding to victims, who often cannot turn to family or friends for support or guidance.”

The Rape Crisis Center is one of Union County’s longest-running volunteer programs. It has been part of the Union County Department of Human Services since 1984.

All volunteers are trained, mentored and supervised by professional staff from the Rape Crisis Center. No previous experience in counseling is necessary. The training program qualifies Rape Crisis Center volunteers for certification as Confidential Sexual Violence Advocates.

Volunteers must be Union County residents at least 18 years of age, with a valid driver’s license and their own vehicle.

The next round of training sessions will take place every Tuesday and Thursday from September 11 through October 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

An interview is required before attending the training sessions. Union County residents who are interested in becoming Volunteer Advocates can contact the Rape Crisis Center now at 908-233-7273 to schedule an interview.

The Rape Crisis Center offices are located at the Colleen Fraser Building, at the Union County complex in Westfield.

For more information about the volunteer experience at the Rape Crisis Center call 908-233-7273 or visit the Rape Crisis Center blog, unioncountyrapecrisiscenter.blogspot.com.

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