Tahoe Women’s Services seeks volunteers | SierraSun.com

Tahoe Women’s Services seeks volunteers

Tahoe Women’s Services (TWS) is committed to reducing the incidence and trauma of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. TWS empowers survivors to move through crisis to self-sufficiency by providing reliable, consistent and progressive services. To do this successfully, TWS relies on their large volunteer corps, who work in a number of different programs requiring varying degrees of time commitment.

To become proficient, all of our volunteers who work with clients must complete our Crisis Intervention Training. The next training begins on Tuesday, Sept. 11. The training is an intensive 63-hour course being held on a combination of Tuesday evenings, Thursdays evenings and three Saturdays over eight weeks. The evening sessions will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The trainees will be expected to attend all the sessions. Men and women are needed.

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, date rape, child abuse, suicide, peer counseling and crisis intervention techniques.

Graduates from this course are certified by the State of California Office of Emergency Services in Crisis Intervention and Peer Counseling and are eligible to work in any of the Tahoe Women’s Services client-based programs. These programs include the 24-Hour Community Help line, the Children’s Program, the Legal Advocacy Program and the Safe House Buddy Program.

Volunteers find this work both stimulating and rewarding. Whether it’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 about any of the programs, call Keely Hedderman, Volunteer Coordinator at (775) 298-0168. She can answer questions over the phone or meet with interested volunteers to discuss the mission of TWS, the agency’s expectations of volunteers and an overview of the Crisis Intervention Training.

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