Volunteer Advocate Program

Volunteer Advocate Application

Advocate Training Dates-Fall 2019

As a non-profit we depend on the help from our volunteers. Volunteering as an advocate is both a challenging and rewarding way to give back to the community. Your help as a volunteer advocate makes a difference to end sexual violence and support victim/survivors.

Purpose of the Volunteer Advocate Position: The purpose of a trained volunteer advocate is to support and advocate for the rights and self-defined needs of survivors of sexual violence and their friends, families, and other concerned persons.  This advocacy is provided on the Central MN Sexual Assault Center’s (CMSAC) 24-hour crisis phone line, as well as in person at area hospitals, law enforcement centers, and other community locations.


  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Successfully complete the Minnesota-mandated 40-hour volunteer advocate training (including CMSAC’s pre and post interviews)
  • Commit to taking a minimum of two crisis line shifts per month – Volunteer advocates use their personal cell phones and work from home during shifts. Volunteer shifts are either 16 or 24 hours long, and occur during the evenings and on weekends.
  • Commit to volunteering as an advocate with CMSAC for a minimum of a 12 month period
  • Attend monthly advocate meetings and other specified trainings as advised by the Client Services Coordinator for the purposes of continuing education and case consultation


Responsibilities:  The CMSAC volunteer advocate, under the supervision of the Client Services Coordinator, will be asked to:

  • serve as a first responder for CMSAC’s 24-hour crisis phone line (calls will be directed by an answering service to your phone)
  • provide crisis intervention, support, and sexual violence education to victims and their friends, families, and other concerned persons
  • provide victims with accurate information about their medical, law enforcement, and legal options
  • accompany victims to local hospitals and law enforcement centers when victims are seeking medical care and criminal justice assistance, and provide support during these proceedings
  • help victims assert their rights and advocate for the responsive and trauma-informed treatment of all victims of sexual violence and their friends and families
  • work as a team with multidisciplinary professionals, (e.g., law enforcement, medical, and legal personnel) to provide the best care and services possible for victims of sexual violence and their friends and families
  • provide resources and referrals, as needed, to survivors of sexual violence, their friends, families, and other concerned persons
  • notify the Client Services Coordinator of all crisis line activity, complete appropriate paperwork, and follow other policies and procedures as discussed during training
  • assist in other volunteer duties as needed


Reasons to Volunteer as an Advocate:

Volunteering as an advocate is both a challenging and rewarding way to give back to the community.  Many of our volunteers have identified that empowering survivors to heal from the crisis of sexual violence is a very fulfilling experience.  CMSAC’s volunteer advocacy program will help individuals grow personally and professionally in many ways.  Through participation in our volunteer advocate program, individuals will develop and refine:

  • crisis intervention skills
  • verbal and written communications skills
  • skills in working with a team of multi-disciplinary professionals, (e.g., law enforcement, hospital staff, social workers, and other services providers)
  • social action skills
  • knowledge of all forms of sexual violence
  • an understanding of sexual violence as a product of rape culture

The Sexual Assault Advocate certification looks great on a resume too! The skills gained in both the training and practice are transferable skills to any job where you are working with people!

40-Hour Training Information:

40-hour sexual assault advocate training is typically offered by CMSAC twice a year, once in fall and once in the spring.  The link to the application to become a volunteer advocate is located below and can be submitted at any time.  Please contact Bree at for more information about CMSAC’s volunteer advocate program and for more information about the next 40-hour sexual assault advocacy training.


Please call 320-251-4357 or email Bree at for more information*

Volunteer Advocate Application

Advocate Training Dates-Fall 2019

Advocate training flyer- fall19

Advocate Training Manual

Applications can be submitted to:

Central MN Sexual Assault Center, 15 Riverside Drive NE, St. Cloud, MN 56304

Phone: 320-251-4357/Fax: 320-251-4670