LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Rape Crisis Center (RCC), which serves all of Clark County, continues to address the increasing demand for its services and is calling on the community for help.
Trained volunteers are essential to the RCC, and given the growing demand for services and efforts to add new and expanded services, volunteers are needed now more than ever. The RCC expanded its office space in February of 2019 to help manage the increasing demand, which continues to climb.
“Our office expansion earlier this year gave us the capability to expand our counseling services, support groups, prevention, and volunteer programs,” said Daniele Staple, executive director of The Rape Crisis Center. “We have made significant strides in expanding our counseling services, but we still struggle to staff community events as more and more groups are reaching out to us for training, information, and prevention programming. Trained volunteers are absolutely vital to our operations, and we now have the space to accommodate larger classes of volunteer trainees. Our hope is to max out our next class starting at the end of May, especially as the busy summer months approach.”
According to Staple, in each of the last three years, a summer month (June, July, August) has been the busiest of the year both in terms of responding to victims at the hospital and calls to the RCC’s 24/7 hotline number.
Those who are interested in becoming a volunteer should apply online at rcclv.org.
Applications for the next training session are due May 20 and the training course begins May 28. The volunteer training is a total of 50 hours and includes learning about the services of the RCC, community resources for sexual assault victims, how to respond to individuals in crisis, how the investigation and criminal justice process works for sexual assault cases and how to represent the RCC at community events.
New volunteers must be at least 21 years of age and be able to successfully pass a background check, drug screening and commit to a minimum of six months of volunteer service of at least four hours per week.