The Brewster Centre

VOCA

If you are the type of person who enjoys fast-paced environments, seeks new challenges every day, enjoys interacting with different community of people, and feels the satisfaction of being an integral part of a movement that is involved in the social lift of a community then the volunteer position is certainly for you!
This position provides volunteers with the opportunity to work directly with victim/survivors seeking information and support.

POSITION: Crisis Advocate Volunteer

FUNCTION:
The crisis advocate volunteer would be working directly under the supervision of the Volunteer Coordinator and the Site Coordinator. The major job role of the crisis advocate volunteer is to provide support to the Brewster Center advocacy staff.  The crisis Advocate volunteer would be fully responsible for providing crisis intervention, safety planning, information and referral and other advocacy services to victims who have contacted the Center via their help line as well as the victims who are participants of its programs in the Brewster Center.

REQUIREMENTS OF POSITION:

Minimum age for becoming a volunteer is 18 years.
Each applicant has to sign a confidentiality statement and has to understand that confidentiality is an important part in the overall trust process and commitment from the Brewster Center.
The volunteer also has to understand that they would be working under certain guidelines, policies standards and the overall mission of the Brewster Center.
Must attend and complete CPR and First Aid
Must have TB test
Fingerprint clearance is a requirement
Attendance and completion of the 8 hour domestic violence 11 course at the Brewster Center
Attendance and completion of the 8 hour Crisis Intervention & Safety Planning at the Brewster Center
Attendance and completion of the 16 hour DV102: Speakers Series
Completion of interview with the Community Education & Volunteer Coordinator
Completion of an eight hour on-the-job training course
Completion of an 8 hour on-the-job training
Attendance at least one monthly volunteer meeting per quarter during placement
Completion of the application form with recommendations

 

QUALIFICATIONS OF POSITION:
1. Willingness to work within guidelines, policies, standards, mission statement of Brewster Center.
2.  Strong communication skills and the power to be non-judgmental
3.  Execute guidance and directive as well as the ability to work as part of a team
4.  Understand and respect cultural and ethnical variances in the community
5.  Effective verbal and written skills
6. Ability to interact with different cultures, languages and situations
7. Ability to organize a variety of activities and deal with a variety of people
8. Bilingual (Spanish/English) abilities highly preferred
9. Love and ability to work with children a must

TIME COMMITMENT:

The volunteers at work at the Brewster Center are requested to commit to at least to two 3 hour shifts per month or one 6 hour shift per month for at least a 6 month period.

Community Trainings and Volunteer Orientations at the Brewster Center
Please attend a volunteer orientation program for further information regarding volunteer opportunities.