OAKLAND -- Bay Area Women Against Rape, the oldest rape crisis center in the nation, is seeking volunteers for its 24-hour crisis line and advocacy services for Alameda County.
The next 11-week training and certification course runs June 17 through Aug. 28 and covers information on sexual assault and trauma, crisis counseling techniques, and related issues such as suicide, domestic violence, oppression issues, medical and legal issues.
The training is every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Washington Hospital in Fremont. There is a $50 fee to cover training materials.
Participants completing all the training sessions will meet the requirement to become a state certified rape crisis counselor. In exchange for the training, the agency asks that volunteers to be on call for a total of 36 hours each month, for at least 9 months.
During on-call hours, volunteers must be available to take crisis line calls or meet a person in need of service at a hospital. People who want the training without a commitment to volunteer will be asked to pay $250 for the 11-week training program.
Working with Fremont hospitals and the police department, the Oakland-based agency is trying to expand its services into Fremont because of a growing population there. Bay Area Women Against Rape officials are looking for at least 15 Fremont men and women from varying age groups, cultural and educational backgrounds to volunteer. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.
To fill out an application, go to www.bawar.org and click on the volunteer page.
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