Rape Victim Advocates

Rape Victim Advocates

General Volunteer Opportunities


  • Administrative

    Administrative volunteer opportunities include assisting in the office with data entry, filing, organization, etc.

  • Advocacy

    Advocacy Volunteers provide 24-hour in-person crisis response to RVA's 14 partner hospitals, providing survivors of sexual violence with assistance navigating the medical system, emotional support, information and resources, as well as assistance with criminal justice systems.  Advocacy volunteers commit to being on-call for two 12 hour shifts per month for a period of 12 months.  Advocacy volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.

  • Community Outreach

    Community outreach volunteers provide RVA representation throughout the Chicagoland area in a valuable way. These volunteers commit to speaking with the general public about Rape Victim Advocates in a one-on-one way. Opportunities may include events such as Vagina Monologue productions, Roller Derby charity nights, and university/school-based affairs. Volunteers are responsible for ensuring RVA material is available at the event, and that unused material is returned to RVA offices. Some events require "safe people" or crisis counselors as well.

  • Counseling

    Licensed and trained counselors and therapists are needed as volunteers to see clients and possibly facilitate support groups.

  • Development/Fundraising/Special Events

    Assistance in fundraising and planning special events, including but not limited to the annual gala.

  • Education and Training

    Education and Training volunteers provide a number of valuable services; they staff information tables at resource and health fairs, they provide prevention education presentations to youth in schools and other settings, they educate the public through workshops for faith-based organizations, civic groups and others, they help train professionals such as teachers and they conduct outreach on behalf of RVA.  E&T volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.


Mission Statement

Rape Victim Advocates (RVA) is an independent, not for profit organization dedicated to the healing and empowerment of sexual assault survivors through non-judgmental crisis intervention counseling, individual and group counseling, and medical and legal advocacy in the greater Chicago metropolitan area.  RVA provide public education and institutional advocacy in order to improve the treatment of sexual assault survivors and to affect positive change in policies and public attitudes towards sexual assault.

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