Freedom House Call for Volunteers

Freedom House will hold its Volunteer Training Class, August 19 to October 1, which includes a two-week break for Labor Day & Homestead Festival weekends. All volunteers wanting to provide direct support with clients and their children are required to complete this course. Freedom House provides services to victims and their children in Bureau, Henry, Marshall, Putnam, and Stark Counties of Illinois. In the past year, Freedom House served over 550 victims of domestic and sexual violence – women, men, teens, and children.

“Freedom House is constantly challenged in its ability to provide everyone who seeks assistance for domestic violence and/or sexual assault services,” said Trisha Schafer, Manager of Community Relations & Volunteer Services. “A trained and dedicated group of volunteers ensures that everyone who requires help receives it.”
The 60-hour Volunteer Training Class is required by the Illinois Domestic Violence Act and the Illinois Criminal Sexual Assault Act. Those completing the course will be able to serve as medical on-call advocates, work one-on-one or with a group of adult and child clients, or answer the crisis hotline.

Classes are held at Freedom House on Friday evenings (5–9 p.m.), Saturdays (9 a.m.–5 p.m.) and Sundays (1 p.m.–5 p.m.), beginning Friday, August 19 and continuing through Saturday, October 1. Participants must commit to attending every class. There is no cost to attend, and Freedom House will supply the printed syllabus and all training materials.

“All we request is that prospective volunteers sincerely want to help in the effort to serve domestic violence and/or sexual assault victims and their children by sharing some of their time with Freedom House,” said Ms. Schafer.

For more information or to fill obtain an application, call (815) 872-0087 or visit our website, www.freedomhouseillinois.org.

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