by Comprehensive Staff

09/24/2015 10:24 pm

Six Reasons to Become a Victim Advocate Volunteer

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At Comprehensive Mental Health, Aspen Victim Advocacy Services relies heavily on volunteers.  Not an expert on advocacy? That’s okay! Several times each year, Aspen provides extensive core training for volunteers to prepare them for the important work they’re about to start. Here are some reasons you might consider joining us for our next training!

1). Help the Community and Others - Helping others is what we usually think motivates volunteers and it is a great reason. Victims of crime appreciate the support from community members. If you want to work with people, this position is for you.

2).  Make a Difference - This is rewarding work. Helping others increases one’s self-esteem and gives us a new perspective on our own problems.

3). Develop Job Skills – Volunteering is a great way to gain hands-on experience for a future career, network with peers, build your resume, and gain leadership skills.

4) Enhance Your Education - You learn a lot in class or by reading books, but real life experience can provide immense knowledge not to be found anywhere else.

5).  Explore Other Interests - Volunteering can bring a richness and balance to your life. If you want to see what else is out there or just expand a bit, then volunteering is for you.

6). Meet New Friends – It’s a great way to develop long-lasting friendships with other volunteers. You never know who you may meet! Attending our monthly meetings can introduce you to a group of like-minded people or to people you would never know otherwise. www.twitter.com/uloop


“What do Volunteer Advocates do” you ask? Let me tell you—lots!

• answer the 24 hour crime victim services phone

• provide crisis intervention services

• answer questions and brainstorm options

• respond to the hospital for the forensic exam

• provide information about victim rights

• apply for crime victim compensation

• provide emotional support

• safety plan

• provide support at interviews

If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering, please contact kfoley@cwcmh.org