Rape Response relies on volunteers to carry out many of our programs and services. Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer. If after reading through the volunteer requirements and commitments, you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please complete our Volunteer Application.
About Our Volunteer Program
Who can volunteer?
If you are 18 years old or older
If you live within approximately 30 minutes of Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, GA
No training or previous education is needed
What does a volunteer do?
Use a Rape Response cell phone to answer crisis line calls from the privacy of your home or other suitable private location while maintaining your own schedule
Provide emotional support and accompaniment for sexual assault survivors during the forensic medical exam process at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville campus. The forensic exam typically takes about 3 hours but can be shorter or longer.
What kind of time commitment is involved?
Be available to receive calls and go to the hospital if needed 2 week nights (6 pm to 7 am each night) (Monday & Tuesday OR Wednesday & Thursday shifts) or one weekend (from Friday 6 pm to Monday 7 am)
Once a month
30 hours of initial volunteer training as well as 10 hours of annual continuing education are required. Continuing education requirements can be met by attending quarterly meetings where we have fun, eat dinner together and provide additional training. These meetings are generally 2.5 hours long.
When is the next volunteer training?
Training series are held in spring and fall of each year. Attendance of all 3 training sessions plus 5 hours of online training are required to complete volunteer training.
Spring 2020 training dates are:
Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 8 am to 4:30 pm (light breakfast & lunch are provided)
Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 8 am to 4:30 pm (light breakfast & lunch are provided)
Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 8 am to 4:30 pm (light breakfast & lunch are provided)
How do I become a volunteer?
Fill out the volunteer application on the Rape Response, Inc. website
A personal interview will be scheduled with prospective volunteers
Volunteers must complete our 30 hour volunteer training course
A background check is required and paid for by Rape Response, Inc. prior to volunteering