Mission: Riverview Center is a nonprofit agency committed to providing compassionate, client-centered care for individuals for individuals affected by sexual assault in Iowa, and for individuals affected by domestic and sexual violence in Illinois.
Location: Cedar Rapids (70 miles from Grinnell College)
Needs: There are all sorts of volunteer opportunities! If anyone has any unique skills they would like to utilize, we can work with them. Our volunteers help out with on-call medical advocacy and supporting survivors of sexual assault in hospital settings, transportation, assisting with presentations/educational programming, community outreach, and helping us with our fundraising events throughout the year! We understand how valuable the donation of time and skills can be, so we do our best to match volunteers to tasks where they feel comfortable and supported. We accept volunteer applications year-round and would love to have you as part of the team. Volunteers in both Illinois and Iowa are trained to respond to area hospitals to provide support and resources to survivors of sexual trauma. Riverview Center events and fundraisers help us spread the word about our services. For these events to run smoothly, we rely on the help of volunteers during setup, throughout the event, and for teardown. Volunteers who enjoy working in an office setting may find a spot in one of our locations. While volunteers will not work directly with clients, each office could use help filing, organizing, shredding, and other tasks necessary to the organization.
- One-time events: yes
- Ongoing: yes
When is service needed: We would love volunteers each month! April is our busiest month as it’s sexual assault awareness month, so more volunteers throughout that month is great too!
Number of hours: Flexible hours, as much or little as is possible for the volunteer
- In-person: yes
- Hybrid in-person/virtual possible: yes
- Fully virtual possible: yes
Prerequisites: A minimum of 10 hours of training for those interested in volunteering monthly, or 30 hours of training for individuals interested in working directly with survivors of sexual assault. This is a free training that we provide through Riverview Center, and it is all virtual and at each person’s own pace.
Background check required: yes
Equipment/logistics needed: Reliable transportation if assisting with medical advocacy. Depending on the type of volunteer opportunity, an internet connection and computer may be needed or we can provide a laptop as well. Anything else, we would provide!
Training supplied: Volunteers in both Illinois and Iowa are trained to respond to area hospitals to provide support and resources to survivors of sexual trauma.
How to apply: From Raechel Miller: People can reach out to me with any volunteer or internship questions any time, through email, phone, or the volunteer application. The phone number I included in the survey is my direct work line, and it can reach me no matter what office I’m in for the day. Volunteer application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FA
Contact: 319-540-0080 Raechel Miller direct: (319) 349-1949, Raechel@riverviewcenter.org
Operation information: Our services are always free for survivors and their families. Our organization is supported by generous donations, grants and volunteer service. Riverview Center validates the experience of all survivors and treats them with empathy and care in a nonjudgmental environment. Riverview Center provides compassionate services to survivors regardless of biological sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, immigration status, English proficiency, race and/or ethnicity, incarceration status, disability, or background. Riverview Center is a safe space. Each client has a unique experience and is the expert in their healing process. Our staff concentrates on supporting survivors by providing options and empowering them to make informed decisions about their care. Advocates and therapists don’t push agendas, curriculums, or personal beliefs. Survivors determine the services they wish to receive and work with our trained staff to develop their own individualized service plan. All cases are handled with confidentiality. We respect survivors’ right to privacy and handle their experiences with discretion.
Address: 118 3rd Ave SE, Suite 500 Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
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