Volunteer Program at Sexual Assault Services of Calhoun County Recognized at 2015 Governor’s Service Awards
Sexual Assault Services of Calhoun County (SASCC) was recently recognized at the 2015 Governor’s Service Awards for its volunteer program. SASCC is among the top five in the Outstanding Volunteer Program Award category.
Volunteers at SASCC provide advocacy and support to survivors of sexual assault in the Battle Creek, Marshall and Albion areas. The volunteers take turns being on call and meet survivors at hospitals and police agencies. They offer emotional support, an ear to listen, and most importantly they believe the survivor. The volunteer victim advocates also talk to the survivors and their families about what they may experience in the upcoming months and provide referral information for further assistance.
Each advocate receives 30 hours of training, attends monthly meetings and receives continuing education. SASCC averages 25 to 35 volunteer victim advocates, ranging from 21 to 77 in age.
During 2014, the volunteers donated 7,675 hours to assist 114 survivors and 197 family and friends of survivors. For 19 years, volunteer victim advocates have responded to crisis calls that happen at all hours of the day and night, on weekends and holidays, helping to fulfill the needs and facility recovery for sexual assault survivors.
“After someone is sexually assaulted they need to feel safe, be able to express their emotions and know what comes next,” said Joyce Siegel, SASCC program manager. “The SASCC volunteers fulfill those needs. They provide an enormous service to the community, and have been doing so for many years. We are very proud of our outstanding volunteers, and the difficult, but extremely meaningful work they do.”
SASCC was a finalist amongst more than 160 nominations. To learn more about the services provided at SASCC, visit sascc.net. If you or someone you know needs help following a sexual assault, call our 24-hour crisis line at (888) 383-2192 or call our team at (269) 245-3925, Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sexual Assault Services of Calhoun County (SASCC) is a grant-funded department of Bronson Battle Creek Hospital and Bronson Healthcare. SASCC is committed to providing empathic, non-judgmental, comprehensive services, support and advocacy for survivors and others affected by sexual assault or abuse; raising awareness of sexual assault; and engaging others to help in holding offenders accountable and to achieve a community free of sexual violence.