Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+
Rape Crisis Center Medical Advocate - Northwest Suburbs of Cook County
Supervisor: Volunteer Coordinator, Allyson Schnoor
Hours per Month: Minimum of 12 hours, 2 shifts of 6 hours
Minimum 1 year committment after training.
The Role of an Advocate is to provide support to the 24/7 crisis hotline. This includes answering hotline calls, responding to 1 of the 8 hospitals in NWCASA’s service area, and providing documentation within a timely manner. Advocates work directly with survivors of sexual assault and their significant others.
24/7 Hotline Crisis Intervention:
- Answer calls during assigned shifts
- Hotline Crisis Calls – Individuals looking for immediate help
- Hotline Information/Referral calls – Individuals looking for information on resources available to them
- Hospital Calls – Survivors needing an advocate in the hospital setting
- Work closely with survivors in a hospital setting
- Provide emotional support and information about resource available to survivors
- Fill out paperwork in a timely manner
- Attend Volunteer Recruitment Events if interested and able to
- Attend General outreach events and functions if interested and able to
- Support NWCASA by attending events and fundraiser
Skills and Qualifications:
- Must be 18 years or older
- Knowledge of sexual violence issues
- Ability to deal sensitively with victims of sexual violence and their significant others
- Public speaking abilities
- Able to work independently and to prioritize/organize tasks
- Ability to provide own transportation
- Ability to reach all 8 hospitals within the state mandated 1 hour.
- Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Elk Grove Village
- Glenbrook Hospital, Glenview
- St. Alexius Medical Center, Hoffman Estates
- Lutheran General, Park Ridge
- Northwest Community Hospital, Arlington Heights
- Skokie Hospital, Skokie
- St. Francis, Evanston
- Evanston Hospital, Evanston
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