Looking to lend a hand? Victims Assistance program accepting applications through Aug. 31

Looking for something rewarding and of great service to the community? Consider becoming a Volunteer Advocate with the Castle Rock Police Department’s Victims Assistance Program. The program is currently looking for volunteers.

Great listeners and compassionate neighbors are needed to lend emotional support and crisis intervention for victims of crimes and other tragic events. The volunteers provide victims with information on the criminal justice system and other helpful resources.

At least one victim advocate is on call for weekends and during weekday evening hours. Potential volunteers must go through an application process and more than 40 hours of training before they are certified. Training classes for new volunteers will begin in October.

Volunteers must be:

• at least 21 years old

• be able to work on call at least four 12-hour shifts per month

• have an open and nonjudgement attitude

• be able to cope with emotional and stressful situations

• be able to communicate and most important of all, listen effectively.

Applications must be submitted before 5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 31.

More information and online applications are available at CRgov.com/VA. Questions? Contact Debbie Lewis at 303-663-6110 or dlewis@crgov.com.

All applications must be submitted by either mail, email or in person to the Castle Rock Police Department, 100 Perry St.

This article originated from http://www.crgov.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?aid=1273

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