Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Center has an ongoing need for volunteer advocates for its 24-hour, free and confidential support line.

The center’s next free, 40-hour volunteer advocate training starts on Thursday, Sept. 28. Training will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays at the Winthrop Administrative Office, 134 Main St.

Volunteer advocates are an important and crucial part of the organizations mission to lessen the trauma-related suffering of sexual assault and promote healing by guiding those affected by sexual violence toward survival through support, advocacy, education and community collaboration.

Volunteer advocates support those impacted by sexual violence by answering hotline calls and accompanying victims/survivors to the hospital for forensic medical exams.

Volunteers respond to hotline calls from the comfort of their own home for a minimum of three shifts per month, scheduling is flexible. A Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Center staff member is always available by phone to assist volunteers.

Advocates must be at least 18 years of age, hold a valid driver’s license, pass background checks, and successfully complete 40 hours of advocate training. Although this is a volunteer position, stipends may be available.

For more information, contact Jenna McCarthy at 377-1010, ext. 113, or [email protected], or visit silentnomore.org.