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Family Resource Center in need of volunteers

Posted: February 28, 2012 11:44 a.m.
Updated: February 29, 2012 5:00 a.m.

The Family Resource Center (FRC) needs caring and committed volunteers to assist in victim services.

“The numbers (of victims) are higher than it’s ever been in the past,” FRC Director Rosalyn Moses said, “And the  funding we receive to operate keeps going down.”

Moses said the FRC is seeking more volunteers to keep the current ones from being strained.

A volunteer training is scheduled for March 5-9 and March 12.

The Family Resource Center serves abused and neglected children as well as adult survivors of childhood abuse and sexual violence in Kershaw and Lee counties.

“It’s something very worthwhile to do with your time, if you have it to give,” Mary Catherine Norwood said. Norwood is a current volunteer victims advocate for the FRC.

Norwood described the training offered by the FRC as “enlightening.”

“I would encourage anyone who has an interest to go ahead and take the training,” she said.

Volunteers for victim services will be trained to support the 24-hour hotline and respond to victims at the hospital.  The Center provides 25 hours of free training prior to volunteers going “on-call.”

Moses said those going through the training can expect to learn sexual assault protocol, meet with various law enforcement agents and act out various situations.

“The training includes role play with various phone calls to learn the difference between certain calls and how to handle them,” Moses said.

The training, Norwood said, can be intense, but it prepares you well.

“The first call can be daunting, but then compassion takes over,” Norwood said about beginning.

The victims advocates’ main responsibility is to comfort the victims after abuse and give them hope to move forward, Norwood said.

“While nurses can be comforting, they have a job to do, and they have to be focused on that,” Norwood said, which is where the volunteer steps in to help.

Norwood said after becoming a volunteer, it was important to be flexible and “never to be out of reach,” while on call.
“Some calls can be lengthy, up to two to three hours,” she said.

All calls though, Norwood said, don’t result in the volunteer having to go to the hospital.

This is an excellent opportunity for individuals considering education or work in the field of counseling, social work, and law enforcement, Moses said.

Volunteer positions are available to both men and women.

All volunteers must be interviewed by a FRC staff person, pass a SLED background check, and be at least 18 years old.  Volunteers for victim services must also have a valid driver’s license and be able to drive at night.

Potential volunteers may get an application off the center’s website at www.frccounseling.com. The application must be dropped off or mailed to the Center, P.O. Box 282, Camden, SC 29021.

To schedule an interview or get more information, contact Christie Derrick or Ginger Goodale at 425-4357 or 1-800-585-4455 during office hours, 9 a.m. -5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The FRC is a partnership agency to the United Way of Kershaw County and coordinates prevention programs in local schools to teach students about personal safety, teenage dating, healthy relationships and safe/unsafe touching. An estimated 5,000 children in Kershaw County have gone through the prevention program.

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