What's it like to be a RAINN online hotline volunteer?
November 26, 2013 9:12 PM Subscribe
I'm thinking of volunteering for the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, specifically their online hotline
. Before I dive in, I'm hoping to find someone with RAINN (or comparable) experience who could speak a little beyond what's on the website as to the day-to-day of working on the online hotline, if I should expect much contact with other volunteers or paid staff, favorite/least favorite parts, anything to know going in, etc.
posted by jameaterblues to Human Relations (7 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'd also look really seriously at volunteering at the local rape crisis center, if my job situation settles enough next year. So I'm also wondering if this would be at all good preparation for that, or if I should really look at it as a wholly separate type of role (which would also be fine.)
Personal details: late twenties, cis female, 9-5 office job and relatively flexible off-hours. I'm in DC, so the training should be pretty straightforward. I have a fair amount of volunteer experience in a bunch of different jobs, and recently quit being a volunteer EMT (which I loved; intense jobs are fine, but I have a regular sleep pattern for the first time in years and I'd love to keep it that way for a little while if possible.)
Other genius ideas in a similar vein very much welcome. Thanks, all!