WRC needs volunteers
RADFORD, Va., Aug. 5, 2008 –The Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley needs volunteers to help with a variety of activities.
“Volunteers are the backbone of our organization,” said Mary Forti, Women’s Resource Center Volunteer Coordinator. “We could not provide the depth of the services we offer without our university and community volunteers.”
To comply with state certification, each volunteer must undergo training, some up to 50 hours, depending on the interest and tasks of the volunteer. Each volunteer commits to a year of assistance and at least eight hours a month.
Volunteers staff the 24-hour Crisis Hotline, provide assistance with the Children’s Program and act as Emergency Advocates.
“The need at the Women’s Resource Center is great for community volunteers,” said Pat Brown, executive director. “With the upcoming training, now is the perfect time for those interested to become active in our organization.”
Other opportunities for volunteers include:
- Resume/Job skill trainers
- Clerical support
- Hygiene/Self-Care trainers
- Music/Art therapists
The Women’s Resource Center’s volunteer training will begin in September. One training session is an intensive, two-week training; the other is spread over a four-week time frame.
For those who are interested in volunteering, please contact Mary Forti, Women’s Resource Center Volunteer Coordinator, at (540) 639-1123.
The Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley, a non-profit, human service organization, has been providing hope and help to victims of domestic and sexual violence for the last 30 years. The Women’s Resource Center, the oldest in Virginia, provided programs and services to 3,340 children and adults in Radford and Floyd, Giles, Montgomery and Pulaski counties last year. It also serves New River Valley Community College, Radford University and Virginia Tech campuses. Its mission is to create a community free of domestic violence and sexual assault through services, support and education.