NOVA, the leading nonprofit organization in Bucks County supporting victims of crime, is looking for volunteers for its 24/7 phone helpline and text/chat helpline, and to support sexual assault and other victims of serious crimes during emergency room visits or police interviews. The fall session of crisis volunteer training starts on Sept. 19.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old; have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation (needed for emergency room visits or police interviews); meet all required clearances (child abuse, criminal record check and FBI fingerprinting); complete a 45-hour training program; and, upon acceptance into the program, sign a confidentiality agreement.
The crisis volunteer training consists of individual sessions on specific topics conducted by NOVA staff members who are experts in these areas. The training is free of charge and is presented by NOVA professionals in its Jamison office.
Volunteers will attend sessions to learn how to best respond to Helpline calls and provide victim/survivor-centered and trauma-informed support during emergency room visits or police interviews. Volunteer shifts take place during the evening and weekend hours, with flexible shifts of 2 to 6 hours.
Those interested in volunteering must register in advance by contacting Julie Dugery, coordinator of volunteers and community outreach, at 215-343-6543, Ext. 6604, or by email at JulieD@NOVABucks.org.