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Women’s Center Update

Have you ever considered volunteering? Volunteers play a vital role in the South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center’s ongoing effort to provide supportive services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. Our volunteers come from all walks of life. They include college students, retired people, teenagers, mothers, nurses, lawyers, disabled veterans and anyone else who wants to make a difference in their community.

In addition to staffing the 24-hour crisis line, volunteers can also participate in a variety of other agency activities including working with children’s groups and assisting with special events and fund-raisers. Thanks to a generous donation from the Tahoe Douglas Rotary Club the Women’s Center is currently in the process of completing the children’s outdoor play area at our business center. We will be looking for weekday volunteers to supervise and interact with children outside while parents receive counseling or attend support groups.

Although any form of volunteer help is welcome, there is a particular need for additional crisis line volunteers. Volunteers provide crisis line coverage from 5 to 8 p.m. on week nights. Calls to the crisis line are routed through an answering service to a pager carried by the on-call volunteer. Occasionally, the volunteer may be requested by law enforcement or medical personnel to meet with a sexual assault or domestic violence victim at the hospital to provide in-person crisis counseling and support through the medical process.

Each crisis line volunteer receives 80 hours of state mandated domestic violence and sexual assault crisis training. The training includes completing the five credit Crisis Counseling 101 class currently being offered at Lake Tahoe Community College, two hours of emergency room training and at least eight hours of supervised client interaction at the Women’s Center and on the crisis line. For those who are interested in pursuing work in the social services field volunteer hours can be credited toward a related degree.

To find out more about volunteer opportunities at the South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center please contact Lois Denowitz, volunteer coordinator, at (530) 544-2118.

The South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center is located at 2941 Lake Tahoe Blvd. The building was acquired in 1999 with a low-cost loan through the Rural Community Assistance Corporation, fund raised locally and a grant from the Sierra Health Foundation, an independent foundation committed to supporting health-related activities in Northern California.

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