The Victim Center in Springfield, Missouri, is now accepting applications from those in the community who would like to become Volunteer Victim Advocates to help crime victims who are in crisis. Volunteer Victim Advocates help all types of crime victims in Southwest Missouri. Secondary crime victims are also served. All services provided by The Victim Center are always provided free-of-charge and are provided to all ages and genders. You will love this worthwhile opportunity and we need your help!
Our next Volunteer Victim Advocate training is scheduled the day of May 18th, but an information Open House is being held from 3-5:00 p.m. this coming Saturday, April 13th at The Victim Center, 819 Boonville. Please park and enter the building through the back door.
Volunteer Victim Advocates choose their own shifts. They are on call approximately two to four times a month. They serve at nights, weekends, and holidays and respond to those who call through the 24-hour crisis line - 864-SAFE(7233). Calls for assistance and help are received from crime victims, law enforcement, and hospital personnel. While many calls only require assistance by phone, others call on advocates to respond to law enforcement agencies, hospitals, and crime scenes. The initial training, monthly advocate meetings, and other trainings are required. Training materials are provided.
More information including a complete job description and application packets are available from Paula Tindell, Victim Advocate/Volunteer Coordinator, by calling show contact info
. Applications, reference checks, background checks, and interviews will be completed prior to acceptance.
Three Volunteer Victim Advocate trainings are typically offered three times a year. The next training is scheduled for the Saturday, May 18th, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Advocate candidates must attend the entire training. Please contact Paula for an application packet and an appointment for your interview. A more detailed job description will be included in the application.
All applicants must be 21 years old, or close to it, and have access to a car and a phone. The Victim Center's buiness office is open Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
The Victim Center is a United Way, non-profit agency, that offers crisis intervention and other assistance to crime victims through our 24-hour crisis line, 864-SAFE(7233). Services offered include crisis interventions, group and individual counseling, Kids Court, and comprehensive educational programs to prevent crimes. Crime prevention programs are extended to area schools, businesses, and community organizations. Other services and programs are offered as well. There is never a charge for any of the services provided by The Victim Center.
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