Great Volunteer Opportunities for Gender Studies Students

Be an advocate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault!  We are looking for social justice oriented volunteers who want to make a direct impact in people’s lives in one of two advocacy positions.

Crisis line: Our crisis line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to callers throughout our 6 county service area and beyond.  Crisis line volunteers offer resources and a supportive ear, help callers create safety plans, and conduct intake interviews with new emergency shelter residents.  Must be 18 years or older, a woman, and attend MWH’s pre-service training and additional crisis line training.  Commitment to a 3-4 hour shift (or 11m-8am overnight shift) per week.

On-Scene-Advocate (OSA): After working on the crisis line volunteers can train to be an On-Scene- Advocate.  OSA’s offer support, information, and resources to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault 24 hours a day, 7 days a week face-to-face at the hospital or on the phone.  OSAs offer non-judgmental support by providing information on SA and DV themselves and explaining medical and legal institutions so that survivors can make informed decisions.  Most importantly, OSAs let survivors know they are not alone and never to blame!  OSAs can also accompany staff to local middle schools and high schools during Building Healthy Relationship presentations in order to allow students to disclose SA, DV, and interpersonal violence.  Further, OSAs can help plan and participate in Sexual Assault Awareness events in April.  Must be 18 years or older, attend MWH’s pre-service training and *volunteer on the MWH crisis line for at least 2 months* (or have previous direct experience working with crisis/trauma survivors), have transportation or live within walking distance of Bloomington Hospital, and attend OSA training.  Commitment to 1 on-call shift per week and 1 weekend on-call shift per month.

Benefits:
-Have an impact by working directly with survivors
-Learn about how domestic violence and sexual assault impact both individuals and the community, as well as how we as a society can lessen incidents of domestic violence and sexual assault
-Learn advocacy skills, such utilizing empowerment models, active and reflective listening, and how to support someone during a crisis
-Continuing educational, social and support opportunities
-Students: Learn and apply practical skills useful in a variety of fields such as social work, psychology and public health
-Internship positions available

We have a pre-service training date coming up:

Saturday, September 21st  9am – 5pm, IU Campus, Woodburn Hall, Room 101

Stacy Weida
Crisis Intervention Services Coordinator
Middle Way House Inc
PO Box 95, Bloomington, IN 47402
Office Phone: 812-333-7404 ext.120
Crisis Line: 812-336-0846

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