Reasons to Give *
- Sexual assault affects everyone. No matter where you live, it is likely that someone you care about has been affected by sexual violence. Most sexual assaults are never reported to authorities and often hidden from family and friends. With your help, we can continue to provide survivors with the help and support they deserve.
- Your donation makes a difference. Grants, fundraisers, and client contributions cannot cover all costs associated with making our services available. Further, grant sources are dwindling. Non-profit agencies are relying more and more on private donations to help cover costs.
- Give so others can get help. Crisis intervention services are needed every day of the year. Prevention is also ongoing. Making a donation allows us to continue offering these services.
How to Give *
Write a Check – You may consider a monetary gift now or at the end of the year. If you itemize, such a gift can reduce your tax bill. Please mail to the P.O. Box below.
Donate Online – You can donate online via credit card by clicking here and entering your donation amount.
Company Matching Contribution – Many employers offer matching contributions. Be sure to ask your employer if they will match contributions you make to RCIS and what forms may be necessary to complete the process. RCIS will be happy to fill out any paperwork needed from our organization.
Donate Goods or Services – We are always in need of various types of services that can be provided by someone willing to donate their talents. We also have yearly events for which we are in need of goods and services to be used as prizes at the events.
Make a Scarf – If you knit or crochet, you can donate scarves to Threads of Compassion. You can make and drop off your soft scarf, approximately 5 inches wide by 55 inches long, at our office.
See our agency wish list for additional agency needs
Take Advantage of the United Way Campaign in your Workplace – To become an affiliated member of United Way of Central Maryland, programs like Rape Crisis undergo financial scrutiny and abide by set standards for use of donated funds. Our United Way designation number is 5650.
Donate Property or Stock – To avoid capital gains, you may wish to donate appreciated property that you have held for longer than one year, such as stocks, bonds, or mutual funds. Contact your investment advisor as early as possible to help you complete the transfer. Contact our Office Administrator at (410) 857-0900 to complete the process.
Shop with igive – Doing your online shopping through igive will enable a percentage of your purchase with participating retailers to be donated to the agency you designate. Best of all, it doesn’t cost you any extra! See their website for additional information: http://www.igive.com/welcome.
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Reasons to Volunteer *
- the opportunity to help others in a time of great need
- to actively serve your community and be directly responsible for making it safer
- to learn about yourself and to develop new skills
- to meet other people who share your concerns about sexual violence
- to experience the satisfaction that comes from reaching out to others
How to Volunteer *
Without the tireless efforts of our volunteers, we would not be able to provide some of the services we currently offer. Below you will find two ongoing volunteer opportunities. For information on internships, please see Job Opportunities.
Hotline Volunteer *
The hotline volunteer is someone who can provide emotional and practical support to victims of sexual violence. Responsibilities include talking to hotline callers, accompaniments to court, police or hospital if needed, and follow-up. Volunteers assist with hotline coverage primarily in the evening, on weekends and holidays. Hotline volunteers also staff information tables at community events and provide assistance with fundraising events.
Requirements: Applicants must complete an initial 10-hour training program provided by Rape Crisis, offered periodically, and pass a criminal background check. Continuing education and supervision are provided at hotline volunteer meetings and additional training opportunities. (Related experience or training cannot be substituted for training program). Minimum age for hotline volunteers is 18 years of age. Applicants must posses a valid drivers license and have access to a reliable insured motor vehicle. To apply please contact our Hotline Services Coordinator; Shawn Trout at 410-857-0900.
A trustee is someone who desires to be a member of our governing board. Members are nominated and elected by majority vote of the Board. Trustees are recruited based on their area of expertise, community service, leadership and desire to be involved.
Requirements: Each trustee serves a three-year term after election and must pass a criminal background check.
To apply: Contact Janice Kispert, CEO at 410-857-0900.
Other Outreach Volunteer Opportunities *
The following are opportunities to help RCIS with events that occur annually.
- Culinary Experience – committee and event
- Threads of Compassion Knitting Circle
- Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® – committee and event
Please contact Shawn Trout, Hotline Services Coordinator at 410-857-0900 for more information on these opportunities.