Organizers of SafeHope would like to see domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking end in McPherson, Harvey and Marion Counties — but for now there are victims who are in need of the support they provide. And they need more people to join their fight.
SafeHope is hosting and information night from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 20 at 122 W. Marlin St., in Suite 208 in McPherson to recruit potential volunteers. The group’s leaders will detail the work they do with survivors of violence and sexual assault and explain the role volunteers can play in helping them.
“Volunteers are critical to the work we do. We’re doing a big push to reach more people and to get the word out there,” said Christina Smith, community engagement coordinator for SafeHope.
SafeHope, provides advocacy and support to all survivors and secondary victims, of sexual violence, domestic violence, and stalking and creates a safe environment for survivors to heal from their trauma.
There are three volunteers within McPherson County and Laura Patzner, program director for SafeHope, hopes to see that number grow.
Patzner said even though SafeHope is fully staffed, they find themselves in need of more people.
“Now is the time for us to push our volunteering program in McPherson. We also want to let people know that they have an opportunity to work on creating a safer community by offering their time and talents,” Patzner said.
The goal of SafeHope is to end all sexual and domestic violence as well as stalking, but Smith and Patzner said they can’t do it without volunteer support.
“I promise you, if we stop domestic and sexual violence, I’ll go home and find something else to do. But in the mean time, how we do that is engaging with the entire community — and by creating a safe community for everyone. We are really trying to inform communities about what we do so that they understand the impact sexual and domestic violence has on them — and how we can go about changing that culture,” Patzner said.
There are many opportunities for volunteers to participate. They include, but are not limited to: Answering phones, helping out at the office, greeting people at the door, becoming a help line advocate, and helping organize storage units and donations.
For more information on how you can volunteer, call SafeHopes office at 316-803-1800. If you needing assistance from the help line, call 800-487-0510 or call the local help line at 316-283-0350.
Visit SafeHope’s website at http://safehope.net.
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