Volunteering is a proud tradition at the Crisis Center of West Texas. We are always seeking highly motivated volunteers to join our Mission in Motion Team.
Volunteers in Action
Crisis Response Team
Our Crisis Response Team members take calls to provide support to victims of sexual assault. The call is activated by law enforcement or hospital personnel and you are expected to be at the emergency room within 30 minutes. Your CRT duffle bag contains resource materials for the victim, a change of clothing and a bit a petty cash to use if the victim needs something. You may hold a hand during a rape exam, watch children while the victim is interviewed by police, or just provide a shoulder to cry on. It is a very important job and requires training.
Volunteers must complete 40 hours of Sexual Assault Certification Training followed which includes 8 hours of onsite observation.
You may choose to take calls for one day, one weekend or one week at a time. In addition to the extensive training, you are provided the on-call cell phone and the duffle bag during your call.
We have a small staff and no janitorial or maintenance staff. We routinely need minor maintenance work done like changing fluorescent light bulbs, repairing bunk bed railings, patching holes in walls and painting, assembling furniture, repairing a dripping faucet. If you are a handyman or woman and have some time, we would welcome your help.
Positive Action Towards Healing (PATH)
We know that victims go back to their abuser on average of 7 times. We know that children that witness violence in their homes are much more likely to become abusers, and that the best way to build resiliency in children is a strong bond with the non-offending parent. With the goal of helping these families live a life free from violence, we have developed the PATH (Positive Action Toward Healing) Program. PATH provides life skills and access to off-site programs and classes like job training, financial literacy, parenting, GED, ESL, employment 101 and credit counseling. On Sunday afternoons, we offer an art class for the parent and child to attend together. This help them find an emotional release from their trauma while also providing a fun activity to do together. This class is followed by Yoga. The yoga class helps the parent and child find a calm center and release from anxiety. Finally, a meal prepared by a community volunteer is provided for the families in our Shelter to serve as a respite. We need volunteers that can lead an art/craft activity, teach yoga (or some other type of fitness) or cook for this Sunday afternoon program.
Help Crisis Center of West Texas raise much-needed funds for our programs and have fun at the same time! Special events volunteers offer administrative and event logistics support during special events throughout the year.
Please contact us at 432.333.2527 if you are interested in serving as a volunteer.