Volunteer Advocates with the Union County Rape Crisis Center (UCRCC) are a beacon of hope for victims of sexual violence, by providing support and guidance through the aftermath of an attack. Union County residents can join this deeply meaningful volunteer experience by attending the next round of training sessions, starting this fall.

All volunteers are trained and mentored by UCRCC staff. A weekday evening training course for volunteers is now available consisting of 13 sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Each session starts at 5:30 p.m. and ends at or before 9:30 p.m.

No previous experience in crisis counseling is necessary.

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“If you are looking for an invaluable way to serve the Union County community, I encourage you to contact Union County Rape Crisis Center and join the next training session,” said Freeholder Chairman Mohamed Jalloh. “All we ask of our volunteers is that they have a big heart, a strong capacity for empathy, and a desire to make a difference at a point of crisis in someone’s life.”

The Union County Rape Crisis Center (UCRCC) has been a part of the Union County Department of Human Services since 1984. As advocates for victims of sexual violence, UCRCC volunteers most often provide guidance over the phone. As requested, they may also provide accompaniment for forensic examinations at hospitals, statements at police departments, and to courtrooms.

To attend the upcoming round of training sessions, volunteers can call the UCRCC hotline at 908-233-7273, in order to schedule a pre-training interview.

Persons interested in volunteering should call now, as space is limited. 

The sessions will all be held at the Ralph J. Froehlich Public Safety Building in the County services complex in Westfield at 300 North Avenue East, starting on Thursday October 1.

Volunteers must be Union County residents at least 18 years of age, hold a valid driver’s license, and have their own vehicle. Prior to training, prospective volunteers are scheduled for an informal interview.

To schedule an interview, or for more information about volunteering, call the UCRCC hotline at 908-233-7273.  Additional information is available at unioncountyrapecrisiscenter.blogspot.com.

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