Volunteer training for Alexandra House Starts in September

Alexandra House will hold its biannual volunteer training Sept, 5-28.

 

This training presents the unique opportunity for community members to learn critical skills when working with victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, dating violence, and abuse in later life. Whether working in the shelter, as hospital advocates, or childcare providers, volunteers are an indispensable component of Alexandra House’s work.

 

There is no substitute for a reassuring voice and a steady hand in an emergency.Alexandra House will hold its biannual volunteer training Sept, 5-28. This training presents the unique opportunity for community members to learn critical skills when working with victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, dating violence, and abuse in later life.

 

 

Whether working in the shelter, as hospital advocates, or childcare providers, volunteers are an indispensable component of Alexandra House’s work. There is no substitute for a reassuring voice and a steady hand in an emergency.

 

The training is comprised of 10 individual sessions that cover topics that range from legal matters to the specific needs of survivors and their families. Interactive workshops, guest speakers, and the most current research help prepare volunteers for the sensitive nature of this work and to hone appropriate responses to crisis.

 

Along with a desire to help Anoka County families, an ideal candidate must have excellent communication skills, heightened cultural awareness, and an ability to maintain confidentiality.

 

Additionally, candidates must: be over 18, have a valid Driver’s License, pass a background check, be able to make a one-year commitment, and attend meetings and trainings as needed.

 

Mandatory information session:

 

• Thursday, Aug. 17, 5:30 to 7pm

 

Volunteer Training Schedule:

 

• Tuesday, Sept. 5, 5:30-9 p.m.

 

• Thursday, Sept. 7, 5:30-9 p.m.

 

• Saturday, Sept. 9, 9:00 a.m.to 4:30 p.m.

 

• Tuesday, Sept. 12, 5:30-9 p.m.

 

• Thursday, Sept. 14, 5:30-9 p.m.

 

• Tuesday, Sept. 19 , 5:30-9 p.m.

 

• Thursday, Sept. 21, 5:30-9 p.m.

 

• Saturday, Sept. 23, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

• Tuesday, Sept. 26 , 5:30-9 p.m.

 

• Thursday, Sept. 28, 5:30-9 p.m.

 

Pre-registration required.

 

The information session on Thursday, Aug. 17 and all 10 volunteer training sessions are mandatory. Contact Jess Cheney, Community Education Coordinator, with questions or to register at 763-795-5452 or email at [email protected]

 

Participants need to complete the Volunteer Application on our website at www.alexandrahouse.org prior to the Information Session.

 

Alexandra House assists individuals and families impacted by domestic and sexual violence through a continuum of free-of-charge services from emergency shelter and crisis intervention, to legal advocacy and long term housing assistance, to youth prevention and intervention services that are designed to help victims regain hope for a better future. Alexandra House is on  Facebook – facebook.com/alexhousemn or on Twitter at  @alexhousemn.