Looking for Volunteers...

The Union County Rape Crisis Center is looking for dedicated individuals who are interested in helping survivors of sexual violence.

What are the requirements?
  • Resident of Union County
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Valid U.S. driver's license
  • Personal (own) means of transportation (i.e. a car)
  • Participation in an informal interview between 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday
  • Successful completion of Advocate training, which includes attendance at all sessions
  • Commitment to volunteer for a period of at least one year
  • Commitment to signing up for at least three hotline shifts per month
  • Regular attendance at monthly volunteer meetings (evening)

*If you meet these requirements and are interested in interviewing, kindly phone us at (908) 233-7273 or email rcc@ucnj.org.

Please note that we are hosting Spring Training April 10th - May 24th.

Featured Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate

Featured Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate
Isabelle P

What inspired you to become a Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate?

As an undergraduate student, I was very involved in raising awareness about sexual assault on college campuses. I volunteered at the Office of Title IX and was a member of a sexual assault advocacy organization. I was also fortunate enough to intern at the Office on Violence Against Women of the Department of Justice. After graduating, I was looking for opportunities to continue my involvement in serving survivors of sexual violence. When I came across the Union County Rape Crisis Center (UCRCC) website, I knew that becoming a Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate (CSVA) was the next step for me.

What was the training like in comparison to the reality of serving survivors?

One of the most helpful portions of training entailed role plays. The role play practice helped me feel better prepared for what I could potentially face. For me, nervousness is unavoidable but being able to rely on the foundation of skills and knowledge that I built in training is key.

What unique qualities do you identify within yourself that assist you in serving survivors?

My passion, approachability, active listening skills and ability to empathize are what aid me in serving effectively.

Why do you think advocacy for those affected by sexual violence is so important?

Sexual assault itself is traumatizing, but the process that follows can be very distressing as well. We work to re-empower survivors by equipping them with information and resources. As Advocates, we attend to the individual needs of survivors seeking to support them and/or advocate for them when necessary.

Do you have anything you’d like to share with people thinking about volunteering with the UCRCC?

I have been completely overwhelmed by the amount of support that the other volunteer Advocates have shown me in the past few months. Since graduating a recent accelerated independent training course, the other Advocates have made a huge effort to make me feel welcomed. I am very proud to be a part of such a caring and involved group of people who play an active role in serving and changing our community.

Is there anything you’d specifically like to share with the people reading this?

There have been times throughout this process that I’ve questioned my ability to serve as an Advocate. You’d be surprised at what you can accomplish once you push aside those doubts and serve with an open heart. If you are interested in serving as an Advocate or if you are even the slightest bit curious about what we do, I encourage you to reach out for more information.