Posts tagged: Volunteer

Out in front, Lynn (third from right) and the CAPS team on a team-building outing to the ICA in Boston. July 21, 2017

In Remembrance of Dedicated BARCC Volunteer Lynn Hinerman

You know your community is strong when you come together to process a loss. In February 2018, we lost a longtime volunteer and friend Lynn Hinerman. Lynn was involved in BARCC since its early days and was an active member of the Community Awareness and Prevention Services (CAPS) team. Many staff and volunteers wrote to share a memory of Lynn, please… Read More

Lindsay, a former hotline volunteer, at a recent Champions for Change Gala & Auction

What I Learned From the BARCC Hotline

The following post was written by Lindsay Laguna, a former BARCC hotline volunteer. A few months ago, I made the difficult decision to stop volunteering as a hotline counselor for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center’s 24-7 hotline. Around the time of my two-year anniversary with BARCC, changes in my life had made it impossible to continue volunteering.… Read More

Survivor speaker Kalie stands at podium with BARCC signage in front and purple curtains in background

A Record-Setting Show of Support at the Champions for Change Gala

Nearly 700 BARCC supporters, volunteers, and staff showed up for survivors this past Friday at our annual Champions for Change Gala & Auction. In addition to a rousing live auction, the evening featured a moving speaking program celebrating the strength of survivors as well as the holistic nature of BARCC’s services and advocacy. As national… Read More

Hotline volunteer Enid smiles for a photo in front of a painting of the BARCC logo.

Enid Levangie Creates Safe Spaces for Hotline Callers

Ten years ago, someone gave Enid Levangie a list of organizations that needed volunteers, and her eye was drawn to BARCC. Our Hotline program stood out to Enid based on her previous experience volunteering for hotlines and the crisis counseling aspect of the program. Today, Enid—now a nine-year hotline volunteer—has been honored as one of… Read More

Walker Bristol Knows How to Engage an Audience

Walker Bristol was organizing workshops on sexual violence at Tufts University, but felt like their work was isolated on a college campus. Walker took the BARCC volunteer training with the intention of doing prevention work on a broader scale. Three years later, their incredible knack for connecting to audiences of all backgrounds has earned them the… Read More

Medical advocate volunteer Ashley Wells smiling at the camera.

Ashley Wells Goes Above and Beyond for Survivors

Ashley Wells stumbled upon the Medical Advocacy program at BARCC when she was unhappy with her work and was looking for volunteer opportunities in Boston. A Google search led her to the BARCC website, and the mission caught her eye. Three years later, and she’s been honored as one of our volunteers of the year for her dedication and reliability.… Read More

BARCC staffer presenting Bystander training next to big poster paper with writing on it

Spike in Hate Crimes Creates Surge in Requests for Prevention Training

Training Can Help You Respond if You See Someone in DangerSince the presidential election, it seems more people than ever are emboldened to discriminate and dehumanize others. This is a powerful root of sexual violence. You've probably seen it yourself. A jogger being taunted on their daily run. A young woman being whistled at on the street. A fellow… Read More

A Caring Voice on the Hotline

Volunteer Spotlight: Jess Nissenbaum, Hotline CounselorWhenever someone calls BARCC’s 24-7 hotline, there’s a voice waiting on the other end of the line. Whether you’re a survivor, family member, friend, or provider, our highly trained and supervised volunteer rape crisis counselors and staff are ready to listen, to support, to help… Read More

Upcoming Community Events: Healing and Action

“What can I do?” “How can I help?” These are two questions BARCC has been hearing over and over throughout this election cycle. We’ve been inspired and moved by the outpouring of support—and also reminded that the need for services like ours is greater than ever. As more and more survivors and their significant others… Read More

2016 Gala Survivor Speaker

2016 Champions for Change Gala & Auction Most Successful Yet

More than 620 BARCC supporters, volunteers, and staff gathered this past Friday for our annual Champions for Change Gala & Auction. In addition to a rousing live auction, the evening featured a moving speaking program to celebrate young survivors and the power we all have to end sexual violence. The event was BARCC’s most successful to date,… Read More

Survivor Speakers Bureau Training

Do you want to share your experience with sexual violence to inspire change?  BARCC is hosting a survivor speaker training for people interested in sharing their stories with media, in legislative actions, and elsewhere. “The Speakers Bureau Training is such a supportive environment where I learned how to share my… Read More

Shout out to all my colleagues and BARCC volunteers

I wrote a blog many months ago about the intersection of sexual violence and the history of wedding traditions.  It was part of the research that I did to figure out what traditions I wanted to keep, what I was tossing, and what I wanted to tweak a little bit.  I am happy to report that both the wedding and the honeymoon were a great success. … Read More

Why We’re Walking Wednesdays, Volume 1

Around our offices, we're all looking forward to April 7th. Not just because we're tired of snow boots and neutral wool clothes, but because the Walk for Change is right around the corner! Certainly, we love the opportunity to support our hardworking colleagues and volunteers who get the event up and running (and Walking!) each year, and we're… Read More

Spotlight on the Survivor Speakers Bureau

I have had the immense pleasure and honor over the past year to work with the fabulous members of the Survivor Speakers’ Bureau (SSB) here at BARCC.  This is a group of 17 dedicated, enthusiastic, and fantastic speakers.  As can be expected, their experiences with sexual violence are as varied as they are.  What is similar between… Read More

An Ode to the Volunteers

This week is volunteer training at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center.  As I type, there are group of people on the other side of the wall learning all about the adolescent sexual assault survivors. While some are going through training to join other organizations such as Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project (GMDVP) or the North Shore Rape… Read More