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Yay Service Heroes!

Remember that Boston Service Hero contest? I won! Thanks for the votes! :) But what I really want to talk about is how all BARCC volunteers are service heroes.

BARCC started out in 1973 as a totally volunteer-run organization. We have staff now, but we still have 100-150 volunteers at any given time; those volunteers contribute enough time to make up 19 staffers, almost doubling BARCC’s service capacity, and that is *awesome*. We have such a tremendously dedicated bunch!

Both of the volunteers nominated for the ServiceHero contest were CAPS volunteers - but that’s just because Dave nominated me and I caught the Google Alert just in time to go “ha!” and nominate him right back! In reality, every single one of our volunteers deserves an award. In the coming weeks, I hope to highlight our hotline and medical advocacy programs as well.

This is a short post for a good reason: we have a new volunteer training happening down the hall right now! Twenty new volunteers and ten new interns are joining the BARCC family this week, and we’re thrilled to have them. Maybe one of them will win next year!

If you’re interested in volunteering with BARCC, hie thee to our website, because we have yet another volunteer training coming up in October! Join us! Fight rape culture! Perhaps win fabulous prizes! The world can be yours! And you’d be joining a group of wonderful, passionate, dedicated, fantastic people.

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Posted by Shira

Shira formerly served as a volunteer with BARCC's Survivor Speakers Bureau and Prevention Services. She also formerly worked as BARCC's volunteer and program assistant. Shira also writes science fiction and fantasy short stories and poetry, and much of her outreach was done within the community of science-fiction fandom and the closely-allied local polyamory community.

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