volunteer & make a difference
in your community.
Our advocates walk alongside others on their healing journey.
Volunteer advocates help the VPC cover the 24/7 Support Line after hours.
Some characteristics we look for in an advocate are: passion for supporting others, genuine compassion, ability to maintain confidentiality, follows healthy and appropriate boundaries, and strong communication, and listening skills.
We offer advocacy training once a year or by demand.
If you are interested, fill out an application or contact us at 218-387-1262.
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. WE TRAIN YOU.
Volunteer Advocate Information
Potential volunteer advocates must complete our 40 hour training program. This involves both in-person and online training.
Upon completion of the training, individuals are certified as a Domestic and Sexual Violence Advocate. This grants them the ability to provide advocacy services through our support line.
Advocates attend one mandatory Advocate Meeting each month to continue education & training, build team support, and debrief calls.
Advocates sign up for a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 7 on-call shifts each month.
On-call operates when the VPC office is closed. Shifts are 4pm-8am on Mondays-Fridays.
The VPC Support Line is forward to the advocate's cell phone or personal phone. Advocates do not need to remain awake for on-call shifts but do need to be available to answer calls throughout the night.
When an advocate is on-call, we ask they: remain within Cook County, refrain from consuming alcohol or non-prescribed mood-altering substances, have access to phone services at all times throughout their shift, and have access to a reliable vehicle.