Are you interested in learning more about how domestic violence and sexual assault affects those in our community and what you can do personally to help?
Starting Point: Services for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence is in need of more volunteers to help with the important work that they do. Due to the type of work Starting Point does and the level of confidentiality that the volunteers have, they are required by law to do 30 hours of training (20 hours in class and 10 hours outside of class). Starting Point’s comprehensive training program covers topics such as family violence (child abuse and neglect, partner abuse, elder abuse), stalking, sexual violence (child sexual abuse, adult sexual abuse, sexual harassment) and human trafficking. Volunteers will learn about Starting Point’s client services including advocacy, laws, community resources and many other topics that will aid volunteers in supporting victims and their loved ones. Volunteering for Starting Point can be challenging at times, but it is meaningful and rewarding above all.
There are many different roles that Starting Point volunteers can fill, and not all of them involve working directly with victims. Direct service volunteer positions include: court advocate, hospital advocate, law enforcement accompaniment, child advocacy accompaniment, childcare for shelter guests, transportation for victims, crisis line advocates, and support group facilitators. Other positions include: fundraising and special event planning, shelter cleaning and maintenance, office work and educational outreach activities. Volunteers do not need to commit to a minimum amount of hours per month, and they do not have to commit to a regular schedule.
For more information, please contact Lauren Orsini, Starting Point’s Direct Service and Outreach Coordinator at [email protected] or 447-2494.
The next volunteer training dates are:
Thursday, April 12-6:00-8:00pm at Granite State College in Conway
Saturday, April 14-noon-6:00pm Conway location TBD
Tuesday, April 17-6:00-9:00pm at Granite State College in Conway
Thursday, April 19-6:00-9:00pm Conway location at Granite State College in Conway
Saturday, April 21-noon-6:00pm Conway location TBD
We love our volunteers at Starting Point, and we’d be thrilled for you to join us! For more information, please contact Lauren Orsini, Direct Service & Outreach Coordinator at (603) 447-2494 or emailing [email protected]
Have more questions? They might be answered in our Volunteer FAQs- by clicking HERE.
“I just feel better after talking with someone from Starting Point” – sexual assault survivor
“It was helpful to have someone at the hospital who listen and let me know what my rights were” – sexual assault survivor
“Both my children and I feel safer each time we work with an advocate from Starting Point.” – domestic violence survivor
“I have more peace of mind after working with Starting Point”- stalking survivor
“I now believe in myself” – domestic violence survivor
“As a result of support group, I feel I will be more prepared to deal with my daughter’s abusive behavior” – domestic violence survivor
Conway Office: 603.447.2494
PO Box 1972, Conway, NH 03818
Southern Carroll County Office: 603.452.8014
All services are offered free of charge and are strictly confidential.
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