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CSADV needs volunteers

Monday, May 17, 2004

The Plymouth County outreach office of the Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.

CSADV, a nonprofit agency, provides free and confidential services to anyone who has experienced sexual or domestic or dating violence.

"Volunteers are very important in the work we do," said Cathy VanMaanen, outreach coordinator for Plymouth County in a press release. "We need the effort of volunters to provide the best services possible to victims."

There are different kinds of volunteers opportunities for women and men who are 18 years and older. Volunteers can help provide direct services, including answer the crisis hotline, be on call for crisis response, provide legal and medical advocacy and accompany clients.

"CSADV volunteers make a difference in people's lives by providing support in a time of crisis," said VanMaanen. "Efforts of our volunteers can help strengthen the community and help stop the cycle of violence."

Shelter assistants must be 21 years or older. They can help at the safe shelter in Sioux City, VanMaanen said.

CSADV volunteers are also needed in the community education component for school programs and presentations to businesses, clubs and organizations.

Indirect volunteer opportunities include fundraising and special events and office or clerical assistants.

"We hold several awareness and fundraising events each year and help is always needed and very much appreciated," said VanMaanen.

Volunteers who wish to provide direct services receive a 32-hour state certification training program after an interview, according to VanMaanen. Training will be held on Saturdays in June at the CSADV main office in Sioux City.

Anyone interested is encouraged to call the CSADV Plymouth County outreach office in Le Mars at (712)546-6764 and ask for Cathy VanMaanen.

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