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Giving time is the Iowa Way

BY DI STAFF | 2015 EDITION

Domestic Violence Intervention Program 

The program provides vital services and support for victims of domestic violence and their families. 

In an averae year, it answers around 18,000 crisis phone calls and provide more than 8,000 nights of safe shelter. Volunteers can help answer the crisis line, act as court advocates, and visit conventions and fairs to increase education and awareness.

Rape Victim Advocacy Program: 

RVAP is a confidential advocate for sexual-assault victims and prevention agency based in Iowa City. Volunteers can work either in direct or non-direct service. 

Direct service helps to provide support to survivors, friends, and family. Direct-service volunteers also help answer the 24-hour Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline and accompany survivors to the hospital or police station. 

Indirect volunteers help in planning and staffing events and information booths, developing education curricula, and assisting with office administration.

Crisis Center of Johnson County: 

The agency provides a multitude of services to Johnson County and the surrounding area, and volunteers can help by anything from working at the Food Bank to answering calls on the crisis line.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Johnson County: 

The agency is a mentoring program that matches volunteers with children with similar interests and personalities. 

With their little brother or sister, volunteers do activities and help the children reach their potential.

UIHC:

At the UIHC, community members, college students, and high-school students are allowed to volunteer at the facility as well as the UI Children’s Hospital.

College students looking to volunteer go through an application process; they could be assigned to a number of departments including the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, DeGowin Blood Center, Mother/Baby Unit, and more.

10,000 Hours: 

Through 10,000 Hours, people can record 10 hours of volunteer work and get free concert tickets.

The organization is part of a movement to mobilize young people to volunteer in their communities and recognize those who do.


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