The Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) advocacy team provides immediate crisis intervention services for survivors of sexual assault, their family members and friends. The SASS program is heavily reliant on the support of volunteers throughout the Reno and Sparks communities.
In October of 2014, the SASS program hosts its annual training for new volunteers. No previous experience is necessary to be a volunteer; all of the knowledge needed will be delivered during the provided training. A complete list of training dates and times can be found at crisiscallcenter.org.
In 2013, the SASS program assisted with 195 cases and without the help of the volunteers these victims would not receive the services that are needed after an assault.
Many advocates state that they initially started to volunteer to give back, but the end result is gaining much more than they give. The experience of helping someone in need and being that support system is a feeling that is unmatched.
The requirements to become an advocate are that applicants be 18 years of age or older, have valid drivers licenses and insured and reliable vehicles.
If the potential volunteer has ever been told that they were a good listener, empathetic, and open than they are a wonderful candidate for the SASS program.
Please complete and submit the volunteer application which can be found at crisiscallcenter.org or call 775-784-8085 for more information.
Miriam Hodgman is originally from San Francisco. She previously was the communications coordinator for the largest hunger-relief organization in Sonoma County, California. She has a bachelor’s degree in American history, with a minor in American Indian studies, from San Francisco State University, and has a master’s degree in public administration from Sonoma State University. She enjoys training a variety of martial arts.