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Fall 2017: Domestic Violence Helpline Advocate - Volunteer from Home!

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Are you a good listener? Are you comfortable talking on the phone? Do you have a passion for helping others?

If you answered yes to these questions, we have an opportunity that may be perfect for you!

Family Violence Project has an ongoing need for volunteer advocates to help answer our 24-Hour Helpline for those affected by domestic violence. As a volunteer advocate on the 24-Hour Helpline, you will make a difference in people’s lives by volunteering once a month from the comfort of your home (you can either cover a day-time shift on a holiday or weekend, or a night-time shift on any night of the week).

Do you worry that you won't know what to say or do as a Volunteer Helpline Advocate? Family Violence Project offers a free 36-hour training that prepares you for this volunteer role; also, a staff person will ALWAYS be available to assist you by phone while you are volunteering. Participants in the training will learn about the complex issue of domestic violence, the staff and services of Family Violence Project, and how to talk with callers and help them create safety plans. Although successful completion of our training is required for this volunteer role, no other experience is necessary.

If you are interested in participating in this training and volunteer opportunity, you must be 18 years of age or older, complete a volunteer interview, and pass background / reference checks prior to being accepted into the training. While the training itself is free of charge, we ask for a $25 donation from those who are financially able to provide it; this will help cover the cost of background checks. The inability to make a donation will NOT prohibit a person from participating!

Family Violence Project's next volunteer training will be held in Waterville in the Fall of 2017, beginning on September 19th and meeting on Tuesday and Thursday evenings through October 26th. If you would like to learn more about this training and volunteer opportunity, please contact Jaime Mooney (Director of Advocacy Programs) at or 207-620-9044.


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