Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC)

99 Bishop Allen Drive Cambridge, Ma 02139-3428
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Our missionThe mission of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) is to end sexual violence through healing and social change.

Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC)

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Fundraising Volunteer

These positions offer a meaningful way to support survivors without being involved with direct services. Volunteers may be needed to work on committees, special events, drives, appeals, and a range of other fundraising-related tasks. Positions may be available in writing, layout, design, graphics, computer work, research, organizing, phone calling, and more.
  • One-time, Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Event support, Indoor, Outdoor
  • None, On-site, Formal, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Community Awareness and Prevention Volunteer

Volunteers in the CAPS program work to increase public awareness of the issue of sexual assault, BARCC’s services, and prevention strategies. Volunteers will engage in community outreach activities (i.e. distributing BARCC materials, providing information tables, attending community events, etc.). Experienced volunteers will provide awareness/prevention workshops to various audiences: middle and high schools, colleges, universities, community groups, shelters, conferences, and various service providers. Requires 40-hour training.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings

Survivor Speakers Bureau Volunteer

The Survivor Speakers Bureau (SSB) reaches hundreds of people every year, including high school and college students, police, journalists, health-care providers, legislators, the military, and others. Joining the SSB is a powerful way to connect with people, put a face to this issue, and motivate communities to take action to end sexual violence. Requires training.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Office Support Volunteer

These positions offer a meaningful way to support BARCC without a long-term commitment. OSVs staff BARCC's Cambridge office reception area. OSV responsibilities include: welcoming and directing guests, maintaining Cambridge office spaces, and administrative tasks.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays

Hotline Counselors

Our phone and web chat hotline receives thousands of calls and chats per year that are primarily answered by volunteers like you. Volunteers provide crisis counseling and support for survivors and their significant others. They also provide resources and referrals to callers. Requires 40-hour training.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Medical Advocates

Medical Advocates meet survivors at the hospital following a sexual assault 24-hours a day. They provide as much support and information as needed by the survivor and any significant others who may be with them throughout the time the survivor is in the emergency room. Requires 40-hour training.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings
How you helpWhen you become a BARCC volunteer, you take an active role in helping us to deliver on the promise to end sexual violence through healing and social change. Our diverse group of volunteers, share our commitment to supporting survivors, empowering communities, and ending sexual violence.
About usThe Boston Area Rape Crisis Center provides free, confidential support and services to survivors of sexual violence ages 12 and up and their families and friends. We work with survivors regardless of when the violence occurred, and our goal is to empower survivors to heal. We also work with a wide range of organizations and communities, including schools, colleges, and police, to advocate for change. We provide training in how to respond to survivors and create cultures that prevent sexual violence in the first place.
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