2004 volunteers for Tahoe Women's Services (TWS) answered almost
1000 calls for help. TWS provides the only 24 hour community Help
Line in the North Lake Tahoe/Truckee area. The Help Line is available
for information and referral and peer counseling on any subject
although the agency's primary emphasis is on domestic violence and
sexual assault. A new training for Help Line volunteers will begin
September 8, 2005.
training is an intensive 63-hour course being held on a combination
of Tuesday evenings, Thursdays evenings and every other Saturday
over eight weeks. The evening sessions will be from 6 to 9 pm. Saturday
will be from 9 am to 4 pm. The trainees will be expected to attend
all the sessions. There will be a sliding scale training fee for
covered during the training include: the basics of domestic violence
and sexual assault, cultural diversity, substance abuse, legal issues
of domestic violence and sexual abuse, date rape, child abuse, suicide
and crisis intervention techniques
additional information call Keely Hedderman at 775-298-0168. She
can answer questions over the phone or meet with interested volunteers
to discuss the mission of TWS, the agency's expectations of volunteers
and an overview.
Tahoe Women's Services Volunteer Program offers a variety of opportunities
to serve the community. There is usually a project that can fit
into everyone's busy schedule and if not there is always the option
of tailoring a volunteer project to individual schedules. Some programs
have lengthy trainings, such as the 70-hour Crisis Intervention
Training. Some have minimal training, such as special events which
require only energy and time. Some are in between. Below is a sampling
of the volunteer opportunities at TWS.
Time Support Group
is a weekly children's group that offers activities and support
for children who have been exposed to an abusive situation. TWS
staff and volunteers provide fun and hands-on activities to help
guide and empower children through positive role modeling, creative
self-expression, education and support. This program requires nine
hours of training. We ask that mentors volunteer one and one-half
hours per week for at least three months. Males and bilingual applicants
are especially needed to meet the needs of the children. For more
information, call the Children's Services Coordinator at 530-546-7804.
TWS philosophy is that all people have the right to a life without
violence, and we believe the best time to stop violence is before
it begins. The Prevention Program provides prevention education
to children and teens in schools and in the community. They provide
age-appropriate material on child abuse prevention, dating and domestic
violence, sexual assault, self defense and sexual harassment. All
volunteers are required to complete 11 hours of training. For more
information, call the Prevention Program at 530-546-1480.
Community Help Line
are needed to answer the 24-hour Community Help Line. The Help Line
is answered from home. There is a 66-hour required training that
certifies graduates as a California State certified crisis intervention
and peer counselor. Volunteers are qualified to answer the Help
Line, provide peer counseling in TWS offices and in the safe house.
The training includes information on active listening, peer counseling,
advocacy and educates volunteers on topics such as crisis intervention,
domestic violence, sexual assault, suicide, depression, child abuse
and other related issues. Training is open to men and women over
18. Bilingual applicants are especially needed. Call the Volunteer
Coordinator at 775-298-0168 for more information.
program helps TWS establish better connections with the local business,
community and service organizations while spreading awareness of
domestic violence and sexual assault. Volunteers educate business
owners and employees about the services offered by TWS. In addition,
volunteers help with community health fairs and other educational
events. There is 12-hour training. For more information, call the
Volunteer Coordinator at 775-298-0168.
are needed to help with the 17th Annual Chocolate Festival and the
TWS Ski Day. Volunteers play a vital role in planning TWS fundraisers
including collecting items for the silent auction, recruiting chefs
and wineries to participate in the festival, selling tickets, assisting
with publicity and decorating for the festival. To find out how
you can help, call the Volunteer Coordinator at 775-298-0168. If
you have other areas of expertise such as carpentry, graphic design,
photography, interior design or media relations, we also have a
need for your talents. If you think you can help, but donšt feel
like you can fit into one of the above programs, call the Volunteer
Coordinator to explore more options.
2005 Volunteer Training Dates
11, Saturday, 9am - 5pm
will be provided & coffee, juice & bagels)
The morning will start with a presentation by the prevention team.
Followed by a presentation by Kellie O'Donnell regarding the Parasol
Community Collaboration and the important role we play in its success,
as well as, how our membership helps us. After lunch, the keynote
speaker will be Elaine Whitefeather. Ms. Whitefeather has many years
of training experience and has spoken at CalCasa events in the past.
She is also a sexual assault survivor. Her training agenda is entitled
"Improving Cross Cultural relations in order to assist Sexual
Assault Survivors". The goals of the training will be to:
Improve our ability to be bridge builders across cultures.
Eliminating barriers to seeking help due to cultural issues.
3) Improving cross cultural communication
4) Identifying various ways different cultures engage in problem
solving & our ability to help them with problem solving
5) Understanding how various cultures deal with crisis or threat.
day will conclude at 5pm and should be very insightful. So that
I can order food for the morning and lunch please RSVP to Keely
Hedderman 775-298-0168 or you may e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If possible please let me know by Friday, June 3rd.
We look forward to seeing everyone there. All of the staff and board
will be there and any volunteers who work with clients should plan
on attending and advancing your education.
13, Wednesday, 5:30pm - 8pm
Lee Thorpe will be the speaker. Lee gave staff an afternoon of
individual zen shiatsu body work and realized that all of us (volunteers
too) who are doing this work need to be sure we are taking care
of ourselves. She will be starting a series of classes for us.
This first one will be about body position while working, whether
at a desk, on the phone, or at the hospital with a client. This
should be very interesting. Please RSVP by Tuesday 7/12
Other scheduled continuing education classes (topic to be determined)
Wednesday, September 14 -- 5:30pm - 8pm (light dinner)
Tuesday, November 8 -- 5:30pm - 8pm (light dinner)
Crisis Intervention Training will be Sept. 8 - Oct 25. If
you have any friends that might be interested please give them
my number, I would be very happy to talk with them. If there are
any classes that you feel you need a refresher on, let me know
and I can give you the specific dates (this would also count toward
your 12 hour annual requirement).
Kid's Time training is scheduled for Aug 30, Sept. 1 and Sept.
6. Each evening class will be from 6pm to 9pm. If you have
any friends who may be interested, or if you would like further
information, please call Gina Farrel at 530-546-7804. (This would
also count toward your 12 hour annual requirement).