Volunteers are an important part of the work we do with survivors. With the help of volunteers we are able to provide services to our entire community, prevent burnout and reduce vicarious trauma, and increase our fundraising efforts. A sustainable and strong sexual violence advocacy program is difficult to maintain without a thriving volunteer program. The resources below will help your program create your own volunteer program in your rural community.
Rural Volunteer Program Guide, Resource Sharing Project
This Volunteer Program Guide assists you with creating and sustaining a meaningful volunteer program within a rural dual/multi service agency. We have created sample documents and provided you with options to think about as your agency creates your own documents.
Volunteers = Positively Awesome!, National Sexual Violence Resource Center
This helpful blog post outlines a few of the resources available to programs seeking to bolster their capacity to manage a volunteer program.
Rural sexual assault advocacy providers often find themselves too bogged down in working with survivors to be able to sustainably cultivate and engage volunteers, but that is when they are needed the most. This webinar focuses on how to recruit volunteers in rural communities as well as how to creatively utilize them for the purpose of providing more comprehensive sexual assault services.