Volunteers Needed at CASA

Center Against Sexual Assault
Job Description
Join the fight and become a volunteer
Responsibilities
To provide telephone crisis intervention, support, information and  referrals, advocacy, and accompaniment services to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and/or human trafficking, along with their family and/or significant others.
To provide accompaniment and advocacy services to C.A.S.A. clients. This can include medical examinations, law enforcement interviews, and court appearances.
To provide follow up contact within 24 hours with C.A.S.A. clients according to their individual needs
To document call information and return to C.A.S.A. within 48 hours.  Call documentation can be provided by mail or in person via brought to the office located at 1600 E. Florida Ave., Suite 206, Hemet, CA 92544.  Envelopes will be available for volunteers in the office, if they need to mail their call documentation in.
 
Time Commitment
Prior to staffing our 24/7 Crisis Line, a 42.5 hours training course is required to receive state certification.  This training will be offered in January 2018. An additional 20 hours training will follow for Domestic Violence advocacy state certification, and another 20 hour training for Human Trafficking advocacy state certification.
Upon Completion of the training(s), a 12 month commitment is required. During the 12 month commitment, Crisis Line Advocate/Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence/Human Trafficking Survivor Advocate are required to be available for up to four shifts a month for a period of 12 consecutive hours (5am – 5pm or 5pm-5am).  The monthly hour commitment may vary and will be agreed upon by the Advocacy Services Coordinator and the Advocate Trainee prior to the beginning of training.  We are particularly flexible with the hourly commitment if you are able to take calls in Spanish during off-call times.
Mandatory membership meetings/ongoing trainings are held in our office once a month and are 2 hours in duration.  Crisis Line Advocate/Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking Survivor Advocates are required to attend at least 8 hours of the 12 meetings offered to maintain their state certification.  (that is 4 on going trainings a year) Once a year we have a Mandatory Ongoing training mandated by The California Office of Emergency Services to keep up certification, this mandatory training is included in 1 of the 4 you must do a year.
 
Work-Site
Individual shift coverage for the crisis line occurs at your home or location of your choice that is quiet and fosters confidential transfer of information.  Crisis Calls are routed through an answering service and patched through to the Crisis Line Advocate on call.  The Advocate is required to provide the Advocacy Services Coordinator with the number at which they can be reached.  This number can be home, cell or other reachable number.
 
Qualifications
Applicants must have an interest in assisting Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and/or Human Trafficking Survivors and significant others
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age
Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and/or Human Trafficking survivors must be emotionally ready to assist other survivors and be no less than one year past their own assault/abuse
Past or Present perpetrators of sexual or physical abuse and/or any violent crime are NOT eligible to participate in crisis line or advocacy trainings.
Knowledge of C.A.S.A. policies, procedures and responsibilities.
Successful completion of 42.5 hours State Certified trainings (and the additional 20 hour training for Domestic Violence and 20 hours for Human Trafficking, if you choose)
Ability to work with the diverse communities, without regard to gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religious background, disability, age or other cultural differences.
 
Selection of Volunteers
Application is completed by the applicant and reviewed by the Program Director.
Two in person interviews, one with the Program Director and the other with the Executive Director.
Two references will be required and they may either be academic, professional or personal, although personal is preferred.
Upon receiving acceptance into the advocacy training, volunteer must be fingerprinted, C.A.S.A. covers the fee if you go to the location stated on paperwork provided by C.A.S.A. and fees for training must be paid by first day of training.
 
Next Training will be held on January 8, 2017 and will be evening and weekend trainings.  Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have. Thank you
 
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