RVAP offers volunteer positions in direct service (in person and crisis line advocacy), prevention (UI campus or Johnson County community), and our rural service area (Cedar, Iowa, Des Moines, Henry, Lee, Washington, & Van Buren Counties). Our volunteers are integral to the work that we do. They respond to survivors in hospitals and police stations, answer crisis lines, facilitate workshops on campus, and teach in middle schools and high schools. Volunteers begin by specializing in one area and attend the respective training.
If you have questions or want more information, call RVAP and speak with a staff member 319-335-6001.
Our current volunteers can check this space for upcoming meeting dates, featured volunteers, events, and updates.
Upcoming Monthly MeetingsMeetings are every 3rd Sunday, 3:00 - 4:30pm at RVAP unless otherwise specified.
Upcoming 2020 Meeting Dates:1/26/20
Volunteer Training Dates
TrainingRVAP has three different volunteer training tracks: Direct-Service (in-person advocacy), Prevention Education (University of Iowa & K-12 / community), and Rural Based (volunteering in Cedar, Iowa, Des Moines, Henry, Lee, Washington, & Van Buren Counties).
All prospective volunteers attend an online 10-hour foundation training along with an additional, in-person 22 hours of track-specific skills training focused on either direct service or prevention education. Trainings are facilitated by RVAP staff every February, June and September. However, trainings for our rural volunteer program vary throughout the year depending on the number of rural based applicants.
Volunteer Application Form
Thank you for your interest in becoming an RVAP Volunteer! After submission of your application, our Volunteer Coordinator will be in contact with you shortly to schedule an in-person interview. Applicants must successfully complete a background check and be able to attend all training dates. We interview candidates during the month prior to training.Learn More
Direct service advocates work directly with clients. An advocate is potentially the first person to tell a survivor of sexual abuse, “I believe you” and the first person to affirm, "It's not your fault. " In addition to responding to the immediate needs of survivors, advocates learn professional and practical interpersonal skills while gaining valuable experience beneficial within the fields of social work, law, medicine, and psychology, among others. Direct service advocates must complete 32 hours of training before they are able to volunteer.Learn More
Prevention volunteers have the opportunity to assist our prevention team in their efforts to educate the community about sexual assault, consent, bystander intervention, and healthy relationships. Prevention education advocates will build personal and professional skills including public speaking, curriculum development, and event planning. Training Requirement: Prevention education advocates are required to attend a 22-hour training over a span of one week. ALL dates are mandatory.Learn More
Queer Health Advocates
What are Queer Health Advocates?
Queer Health Advocates are trained volunteers who accompany and advocate for members of the community who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, intersex, asexual, aromantic, queer, or questioning during medical appointments. Queer Health advocates help their clients navigate the healthcare system, amplify clients' voices, promote feelings of safety, and get the care they deserve.
What is the time commitment for volunteering with this program?
After the program fully lifts off the ground, we anticipate no more than 2-3 commitments per month during business hours (typically 8 am-5 pm).
Sexual Assault Activism Month 2020
Sexual Assault Activism Month 2020With a global pandemic in progress, we're going digital with SAAM this year. Our calendar of events will be released weekly throughout April rather than all at once. Come digitally join us at our events this year while staying safe at home!
RVAP's Weekly Reflections and Activity Book for SAAMApril 6th-12th
Men's Anti Violence Counsel: Anti Gym Harassment WeekApril 6th-10th
An online campaign that addresses common harassment that people experience at workout facilities and gyms.