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Freedom House seeks direct-service volunteers

Special training course will take place in February

PRINCETON — Freedom House has announced it is in urgent need of direct-service volunteers to help victims and families impacted by domestic and sexual violence.

Trisha Schafer, manager of Community Relations and Volunteer Services, announced an upcoming Freedom House Volunteer Training Course to be held in February.

“Are you passionate, helpful, kind, and dedicated? Do you want to have a positive impact, be fulfilled and learn new skills while providing an important service to your community? If yes, then this is your call to action,” Schafer said.

“All we ask is that volunteers sincerely want to help domestic violence and sexual assault victims and their children by sharing some of their time with Freedom House,” Schafer said.

“The important work Freedom House does for our communities would not be possible without the time and commitment of volunteers. If you have room in your heart to help, please apply,” she said.

Freedom House will hold the course from Feb. 5 to 26. Classes will be conducted at the Princeton campus on the four Tuesday evenings (6 to 9 p.m.) and three Saturdays (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

Participants must commit to attending every class. The course will comprise 30 hours in the classroom and 30 hours of online independent study, which must be completed before the first classroom day.

There is no cost to attend, and Freedom House will supply the syllabus and training materials.

Applications must be turned in by Friday, Jan. 4, 2019.

“We are especially seeking volunteers in Henry County to respond to victims at St. Luke Medical Center,” Schafer said.

For more information on the volunteer training course, or to obtain an application, call 815-872-0087 or visit www.freedomhouseillinois.org.

Freedom House provides services to victims and their children in Bureau, Henry, Marshall, Putnam and Stark counties. In the past year, Freedom House served more than 800 victims of domestic and sexual violence – women, men, teens and children.

The 60-hour volunteer training class is required by the Illinois Domestic Violence Act and the Illinois Criminal Sexual Assault Act. Those completing the course will be able to serve as medical on-call advocates, answer the crisis hotline, and work with group or individual adult and child clients.

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