Tahoe Womenand#8217;s Services recruiting new volunteers | SierraSun.com

Tahoe Womenand#8217;s Services recruiting new volunteers

TAHOE/TRUCKEE and#8212; Tahoe Womenand#8217;s Services (TWS), a nonprofit organization, announced the schedule for its eight-week Fall Crisis Intervention Training, set to begin Sept. 7. The organization also encourages community members to volunteer and help the agency in its mission to reduce the incidence and trauma of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse locally. TWS empowers survivors to move through crisis to self-sufficiency by providing reliable, consistent and progressive services. Volunteers work in a number of different programs requiring varying degrees of time commitment. All of the volunteers at Tahoe Womenand#8217;s Services who work with clients must successfully complete the Crisis Intervention Training, which is offered bi-annually. Interested parties can send an e-mail to hayley@tahoewomenservices.org.

Tahoe Womenand#8217;s Servicesand#8217; Crisis Intervention Training is an intensive 68-hour course held Tuesday and Thursdays evenings 6-9 p.m. and three Saturdays 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. The trainees are expected to attend all the sessions.

Topics covered during the training include: The basics of domestic violence and sexual assault, cultural diversity, substance abuse, legal issues of domestic violence and sexual abuse, acquaintance rape, child abuse, suicide, peer counseling and crisis intervention techniques.

Graduates from this course are provided with a certificate of completion and are recognized as able to work in Crisis Intervention and Peer Counseling. Successful completion will allow volunteers to contribute in any Tahoe Womenand#8217;s Services client-based programs. These programs include, the 24-Hour Community Help Line, the Childrenand#8217;s Program, the Violence Prevention Program and the Safe House Buddy Program.

Volunteers find this work both stimulating and rewarding. Whether itand#8217;s giving clients important information when they need it, 24 hours a day or helping guide and empower children through positive role modeling, creative self-expression, education and support, this experience is sure to be a valuable growth opportunity for the volunteer.

For more information please call Hayley Adamski, volunteer and event coordinator at (775) 298-0182 or hayley@tahoewomenservices.org. She can answer questions over the phone or meet with interested volunteers to discuss the mission of TWS, the agencyand#8217;s expectations of volunteers and an overview of the Crisis Intervention Training.

and#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com

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