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.
Volunteer Training Dates
RVAP 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).
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.
Direct service advocates work directly with clients. An advocate is potentially the first person to tell a survivor of sexual abuse, âI believe youâ 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.
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.