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Learn to help during a crisis

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While South Lake Tahoe is a second home to many people, more than 24,000 call it home year-round. For those of use who live in Tahoe, we often see the struggle that many locals experience throughout the year.

For help with that struggle, the South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center is dedicated to improving the lives of families in our community by offering services to victims and families who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. We are seeking volunteers to help us reach out and continue supporting community members who may be experiencing violence in their lives.

Beginning April 5 the Women’s Center is offering an accredited course designed to teach the fundamentals of working with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. The course will provide successful participants with peer counseling skills, familiarity with local resources, crisis intervention techniques, and the opportunity to be a state certified sexual assault and domestic violence volunteer. It offers a great opportunity to give back to the community and learn more about important social issues.

Once certified, Women’s Center volunteers can participate in areas including childcare, outreach, administrative duties and coverage of the 24-hour crisis line. The crisis line assists people experiencing issues as a result of family violence, sexual assault or child abuse, as well as offering referrals to other community resources. Volunteers can select their own hours, as our volunteer schedule is flexible and accommodating.

Class will be held from 5:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Anyone interested can contact the Women’s Center volunteer coordinator at (530) 544-2118 or stop by the office at 2941 Lake Tahoe Blvd., across from South Tahoe Middle School.

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