Volunteers needed to help Clackamas County crime victims
Clackamas County officials are looking for volunteer victim advocates who are interested in providing crisis intervention and follow-up support to people who are experiencing trauma caused by crime.
Advocates respond to hospitals and police stations, keep victims informed of their case status, accompany victims to court (as needed), and support them in exercising their rights under Oregon law. County officials say people who succeed in this volunteer role are passionate about helping others, empathetic, good listeners and enjoy problem-solving.
"Being the victim of a crime can be extremely traumatic," said Clackamas County District Attorney John Foote. "Knowing you have someone on your side, helping you along the way, can make all the difference in the world in recovery for the victim."
Many victim advocates work full-time jobs along with their volunteer commitment. Advocates must be at least 18 years of age and have reliable transportation and no criminal background.
More information on the program can be found at bit.ly/ClackCoVictimAdvocate.
Volunteer trainings will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, starting in mid-February.