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Thank you for your commitment to ending sexual violence through healing and social change!

We so appreciate your interest in becoming a Hotline, Medical Advocacy, or Community Awareness and Prevention Services volunteer. BARCC began as an all-volunteer organization in 1973, and we cannot advance our mission without the community of people who give their time and energy to do this meaningful work.

If you have any questions about this application, please e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call our recruitment and training coordinator at 617-649-1273.

If you would prefer to fill this form out in hard copy, please download the PDF, print, fill out, and send to the following address:
BARCC
Attn: Megan Mulcahy
99 Bishop Allen Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139

Direct service volunteer application form

Please scroll down to fill out all sections of the volunteer application and submit at the bottom. Items marked with a red star are required; all other items are optional. 

Volunteering at BARCC is a rewarding experience that brings all those involved into contact with the incredible resilience of survivors and our community. Those experiences are also often crisis situations that can be unpredictable and emotionally challenging for volunteers.

We find that volunteers are most successful in this work when they have taken time to address and process how they are personally connected to the issue of sexual violence so that they can then support the healing of others and give back to the community.

For this reason, we ask that you consider the below guidelines prior to submitting your application.

Guidelines for knowing if it is the right time for you to become a BARCC direct service volunteer

Please check each box to confirm you have read it. If you have questions or concern about any of the guidelines, you can e-mail volunteer [at] barcc.org or fill out the text box below the list.

Your contact information

Logistics

We have four volunteer trainings per year. You must be able to attend all sessions of a particular 40-hour rape crisis counselor training to be considered for that training session.

February–March 2018 training (also available in calendar PDF):
Saturday, February 24, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Monday, February 26, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 28, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 1, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 3, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 7, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 8, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 10, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Makeup date (required to hold date in case needed): Saturday, March 17, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

June 2018 training:
Monday, June 4, through Friday, June 8, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. each day

August 2018 training:
Monday, August 20, through Friday, August 24, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. each day

October–November 2018 training (also available in calendar PDF):
Saturday, October 13, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Monday, October 15, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 17, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 18, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 20, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 24, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 25, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 27, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Makeup date (required to hold date in case needed): Saturday, November 3, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

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You must be able to attend all sessions of a particular 40-hour rape crisis counselor training to be considered for that training session.

BARCC requires a one-year commitment for direct service volunteers, starting immediately after training.

Please consider your plans for the coming year (e.g., applying to school, moving, etc.).

Volunteer program requirements

Each direct service program requires volunteers to attend regular meetings and cover a certain amount of shifts or engagements per week or month. Please see below for the requirements for each program.

Hotline requirements: three- to five-hour weekly shift; peer supervision meetings on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, 6:30–8:00 p.m. in Allston.

Medical Advocacy requirements: five- to eight-hour weekly shift; peer supervision meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, 6:30–8:00 p.m. in Allston.

Community Awareness and Prevention Services requirements: minimum two monthly engagements (schedule fluctuates); peer supervision meetings on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, 6:30–8:00 p.m. in Cambridge.

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Direct service volunteer programs

Please be sure to read the descriptions of all of our volunteer opportunities. A volunteer can only participate in one program at a time. Please let us know which direct service program you are most interested in volunteering with. If you are interested in more than one program, please rank them.

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