Volunteer Positions

I sit with the survivor throughout the evidence collection process or just their stay at the hospital and provide support, information, and whatever else it is that they might need.

Starred (*) positions are considered direct service positions. You must be at least 18 years old and attend our 40-hour volunteer training to be considered for these positions.  To apply for a direct service position, please submit an application to volunteer@barcc.org. Our next training will be held during evenings and weekends in October (click here for dates); our Info & Interview sessions will be held September 28, October 3, and October 5. You must submit an application to RSVP for an Info & Interview session, and you must attend one Info & Interview session to be considered for the training, so apply now!

 

Office Support Volunteers (always accepting applicants!)--Must attend 2-hour training and submit this application!

OSV training times are frequent & flexible.


These positions offer a meaningful way to support BARCC without a long-term commitment. OSVs staff BARCC's Cambridge office reception area. To apply, please submit this application. All OSVs must be at least 18 years old.

NOTE: OSVs do not need to complete the 40-hour training, but instead a 2-hour training at BARCC's Cambridge offices.

OSV responsibilities include:

  • Welcoming and directing guests
  • Maintaining Cambridge office spaces
  • Optional: Administrative Tasks

All genders are welcome to apply!

Community Awareness & Prevention Volunteers (requires 40-hour training; see top for dates): Must submit this application to volunteer@barcc.org!

Our next training will be held on these dates. 

Volunteers in the Community Awareness & Prevention Services (CAPS) program work to increase public awareness of the issue of sexual assault, BARCC’s services, and prevention strategies.  Volunteers will engage in community outreach activities (i.e. distributing BARCC materials, providing information tables, attending community events, etc.).  CAPS volunteers also accompany Survivor Speakers to provide BARCC information and audience support.  Experienced volunteers will provide awareness/prevention workshops to various audiences: middle and high schools, colleges, universities, community groups, shelters, conferences, and various service providers. 

Requirements and Details:

  • Completion of 40 hour Rape Crisis Counselor training (see top for future training dates).
  • Attend mandatory Peer Supervision on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month from 6:30-8:00pm.
  • Spend 4-6 hours each month doing community outreach activities.  After receiving additional training which could take up to a year, volunteers can be certified to present awareness and prevention workshops. 
  • Volunteers interact with diverse community members, including survivors and significant others so must be prepared to receive disclosures and provide support.
  • Weekday daytime availability is very helpful.
  • CAPS is currently seeking volunteers of all genders.

Fundraising Volunteers

No formal training required. 


These positions offer a meaningful way to support survivors without being involved with direct services. Volunteers may be needed to work on committees, special events, drives, appeals, and a range of other fundraising-related tasks. Positions may be available in writing, layout, design, graphics, computer work, research, organizing, phone calling, and more. Applicants are considered on an as-needed basis.

Commitment: Dependent on project.
Training: Varies based on tasks. 

Hotline Counselors (requires 40-hour training; see top for dates): Must submit this application to volunteer@barcc.org!

Our next training will be held on these dates. 

Our 24-hour hotline receives over 3,000 calls per year that are primarily answered by volunteers like you. Counselors provide crisis counseling over the telephone for survivors and their significant others.  They also provide resources and referrals to callers. 

Requirements and Details:

  • Completion of 40 hour Rape Crisis Counselor training and a “buddy” shift after graduation from training (see top for future training dates).
  • Attend mandatory Peer Supervision on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8:00pm
  • Sign up for at least one shift per week.  Shifts are usually about 5 hours in length and every shift gets calls.  Shifts are available 24-hours a day.
  • Have access to a landline or a cell phone for use during your shift in a private, secure location.
  • You have a set time every week that you are taking calls.  You know exactly when your shift begins and ends; calls can be taken from your home.
  • The Hotline is currently seeking volunteers of all genders.

Medical Advocates (requires 40-hour training; see top for dates): Must submit this application to volunteer@barcc.org!

Our next training will be held on these dates. 

Medical Advocates meet survivors at the hospital following a sexual assault 24-hours a day. They provide as much support and information as needed by the survivor and any significant others who may be with them throughout the time the survivor is in the emergency room. 

Requirements and Details:

  • Completion of 40 hour Rape Crisis Counselor training and a “buddy” shift after graduation from training (see top for future training dates).
  • Attend mandatory Peer Supervision on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8:00pm
  • Complete and return all necessary immunization and paperwork before the end of the training
  • Sign up for at least one shift per week.  Shifts are 5-8 hours in length when you carry a cell phone so that you can be notified to go to the hospital.  You may not get called to go to the hospital every week. 
  • A valid driver’s license and access to a car are not necessary.  You must, however, be able to make it to a designated SANE hospital in our service area within 45 minutes of receiving a page.
  • Cases average about 4 hours, so you need flexibility in availability around your shift.  You may be called at the end of your shift and then be at the hospital for several hours past when your shift ended.
  • Medical Advocacy is currently seeking female identified volunteers.

Event Volunteers

No formal training required.


Help out at specific BARCC events throughout the year. We’ll e-mail you several weeks before the event to see if you are available. No need to submit an application--just email us to let us know you are interested!

Commitment: Participation in one event per year.
Training: Varies depending on task.


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