WEST CHESTER, PA — The Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc. is holding its next volunteer training series this June to add to its current roster of volunteers assisting CVC in serving local victims of crime and violence.
This comprehensive, 40-hour training prepares participants to advocate for local victims’ rights, provide around-the-clock crisis response, and support survivors through their journey. There are six total dates for training, the first of which begins on Monday, June 18, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Government Services Center in West Chester. The format of the training is a mix of group exercises, discussion, presentations from current CVC staff members, and roleplaying to practice different scenarios that volunteers may encounter.
According to Kathleen Gast, CVC Volunteer Coordinator, “Volunteers help CVC cultivate a collective understanding of victims’ rights and the importance of supporting survivors within the community, which creates a safer space for everyone. The more people we have contributing to the cause, the more powerful the shift becomes. It’s powerful to watch volunteers fulfill their personal drive, positively influence the community, and grow as advocates and ambassadors for CVC.”
Once the mandatory training is completed, volunteers are able to answer CVC’s 24/7 hotline and accompany current advocates in the very real scenarios of responding to victims of rape, child abuse, homicide, drunk driving, and other crimes. They will serve as an extension of the agency in representing CVC at outreach events, providing hotline support, and gain hands-on experience with supporting the agency.
Those interested in becoming a hotline volunteer must complete the 40-hour training, be at least 18 years old, submit a criminal background check and child abuse clearance, and live in Chester County. CVC also offers volunteer opportunities that do not require the 40-hour training such as event planning, light clerical assistance and support for outreach events.
Source: The Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc. (CVC)
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