SAAVE is a rape crisis program certified under the NY State Department of Health. Services are provided to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, intimate-partner violence, harassment, stalking, and sexual misconduct through a cohort of volunteer and staff advocates. Volunteers are trained by a team of trainers and must pass a test at the end of the training before they may participate in SAAVE.
We have revised our SAAVE services for victims so that we may not only continue to provide our 24/7/365 hotline services but also now safely offer tele-advocacy services to every victim during this pandemic.
In order to become a Certified Advocate with our program, our training includes online work, SAAVE online modules, a Zoom teleconference with SAAVE staff to discuss questions, scheduling etc., and onboarding with WMC as a volunteer (criminal background checks will be conducted if proof of vetting is not already confirmed through employment). Please contact SAAVE@wmchealth.org for details.
In a nutshell these are the steps to follow for volunteer training:
1) Contact SAAVE@WMChealth.org for access to online work;
2) Complete approximately 10 hours of online work at Office of Justice Programs Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Program accessed at www.ovcttac.gov. Obtain Certificates;
3) Email Certificates from online work to SAAVE@wmchealth,org and complete Zoom conferencing to get an opportunity to “meet” with SAAVE staff for questions, scheduling availability, etc;
4) Access will be provided to SAAVE online training platform Online modules to be completed;
5) Onboarding with WMC’s Volunteer Department, including review of Onboarding Packet, attestation, criminal background check completion by WMC if confirmation of prior check done elsewhere cannot be provided;
6) Pass test and receive Rape Crisis Counselor Certification;
7) Attend SAAVE bi-weekly trainings throughout the year – available by call in.
Volunteers should be 18 years old, Bilingual Spanish is a plus. Volunteer will need access to a smartphone or computer, internet access and a private room for Tele-Advocacy sessions.
Shifts are also available on our 24/7/365 Rape Crisis Hotline for which smartphone is required.
 After pandemic is over, all volunteers must be onboarded in person at WMC and attend orientation. We will resume in person accompaniment when it is safe to do so.