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The Sexual Assault Crisis & Support line needs volunteer advocates

Volunteers are needed to train as Advocates for Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine’s (SARSSM) 24-hour Crisis & Support Line.

Applications are now being taken for a free training session, beginning Wednesday May 4th, and concluding Wednesday May 25th. Held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m., and two Saturdays, May 7th and 21st 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the 40-hour comprehensive training covers topics such as: the brain’s response to trauma; communication and listening skills; and victim advocacy.  “If you are someone who is willing to listen, who wants to have a rewarding experience, who cares and who wants to make a difference, this is a wonderful opportunity,” says Charlene Powell, SARSSM’s Crisis & Support Line Manager.

The 24-hour Crisis & Support Line assists callers in York and Cumberland counties. Volunteer Advocates work from home, have flexible hours, choose their shifts and do not need any experience. SARSSM is thrilled to announce its new blended learning format combining classroom and online activities. We hope you will consider becoming one of our incredible caring volunteers that staff our support line.

SARSSM, Maine’s oldest and largest sexual assault crisis center, has been supporting victim/survivors and providing awareness and prevention programs for 38 years, and is known as the clearinghouse for information and services to the community.

For an application or additional information call 1-800-313-9900, e-mail or log on to the organization’s website at:  All applications must be received by April 29th.