Have you ever thought about becoming a hotline volunteer? We would love to have you join our amazing team of STAR (Sexual Trauma Advocate & Resource) Volunteers! We know this can be challenging work and we are happy to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.
Our STAR volunteers complete 10 hours of training to learn how to respond to the needs of victim-survivors of sexual violence and their friends and family members. Volunteers sign-up for shifts at the beginning of each month and take calls from home. Many of our hotline callers are looking for information, resources, or a kind ear, but volunteers must also be prepared to accompany a victim-survivor to the hospital during their scheduled shifts.
STAR volunteers are closely supported by RCIS full-time staff and gather throughout the year for debriefing, ongoing trainings, and appreciation parties.
Please take a look at the Qualifications and FAQs here and, if you feel it may be right for you, fill out the STAR application below. For more information or to discuss any concerns you may have, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at (410) 857-0900.
STAR Volunteers must:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Successfully pass a criminal background check
- Successfully complete the initial 10-hour STAR training
- Attend continued brief trainings periodically each year
- Reside within one hour of Carroll Hospital
- Have a valid driver’s license
- Have access to reliable and immediate phone service and transportation
- Be available by phone to respond to calls and accompaniments when scheduled for duty
- Agree to abstain from drug and/or alcohol use when on call
- Be dependable! We promise to be available to those who reach out to us 24/7. Prompt response to hotline calls is very important.
Can I volunteer if I am a victim-survivor of sexual assault?
Many of our volunteers are victim-survivors of sexual violence. If you have taken steps for your own healing, your experience and understanding could be valuable as a STAR volunteer.
What kind of support will I receive from RCIS staff?
Volunteers are provided with contact information to reach RCIS staff members while on duty. Staff and agency therapists are available for debriefing and support after a call if needed for any reason. Volunteer meetings are a key opportunity to receive support and feedback, as well.
What kind of time commitment can I expect?
Volunteers are asked to make a one-year commitment to RCIS. A minimum of 25 hours on call per month is required. Volunteers sign up for shifts at the beginning of each month and are not locked into the same shifts each month, so these hours are flexible. A phone call may only take a few minutes, while a hospital call may take up to three hours.
Why should I volunteer at RCIS?
Volunteer advocates are often essential to a victim-survivor’s recovery after an assault. If you are passionate about supporting victim-survivors of sexual violence and being part of social change to end sexual violence, then this may be right for you. We are looking for compassionate and communicative individuals who wish to develop their advocacy skills and actively participate in the recovery of victim-survivors and their friends and family members. You will also have the opportunity to receive specialized training, meet new people, join a community of like-minded advocates, and attend presentations and workshops by community professionals throughout the year. Volunteers also have the opportunity to staff information booths at community events, assist with fundraising activities, and occasionally assist staff in the office.
How do I apply?
If you are interested in becoming a STAR volunteer, please complete the application below, reach out to email@example.com or call our office at (410) 857-0900.