Women’s Center seeks volunteers
Many people would like to volunteer but can’t seem to find the time with a packed schedule of work and family obligations. But, even a little time can make a big difference in someone’s life. Thirty minutes of outreach throughout the community could mean victims getting supportive information at critical times. One hour at a kids group could mean the difference between children at home with an abusive parent or participating in games and crafts with supportive adults.
The South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center is in need of volunteers in many areas including childcare, outreach, administrative duties and coverage of the 24-hour crisis line. The 24-hour crisis line is available to assist people experiencing issues as a result of family violence, sexual assault or child abuse as well as offer referrals to other community resources. Being a crisis line volunteer means being the calming voice on the other end of the line offering information and support. Volunteers select their own hours for the most flexible and accommodating schedule.
Beginning Nov. 30 the Women’s Center will be 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, first-response crisis intervention techniques, and the opportunity to be a volunteer under a state certified sexual assault and domestic violence program. It offers a great opportunity to make good use of your free time and learn more about some of the most important and talked about social issues of our time.
Exact time for each class will be determined based upon participants’ needs. Anyone wishing to join the Women’s Center and make a difference in our community should contact the volunteer coordinator at (530) 544-2118 or stop by the business center at 2941 Lake Tahoe Blvd.