I had the great honor of working for the OCRCC for eight years. The staff and volunteers are dedicated and highly capable of providing healing services to survivors and their loved ones. The OCRCC is focused on survivors reclaiming their power and do an excellent job of balancing survivor needs with advocating for improvements within the various systems of care. The organization is held in high-esteem for its ability to provide consistent traditional and alternative support group based healing therapies. In addition to working directly with survivors and their loved ones, the OCRCC also works to prevent sexual violence by educating students from pre-k to college about healthy relationships. The one thing that sticks with me from my time at the organization is that you could always find a staff member or a volunteer with a smile on their face. Although the topic is difficult, and the mission is large, the organization and its people have the biggest hearts and make the environment an honor to work in. The OCRCC is a safe place for survivors in need of help. It is a place where you will always be believed. Additionally, the administrative staff takes great pride in the efficiency and accuracy of agency finances. They make great use of every dollar donated to the organization and hold donors and volunteers in high regard for their support.
When most people think of a Rape Crisis Center their mind often goes to a sad and desolate place. Orange County Rape Crisis Center is anything but this. It is a place for help, hope, and healing with emphasis on the healing. They provide free and confidential services to people around our community who need it most, and they also have one of the oldest preventative education programs in the entire state! My time as a Community educator for Start Strong allowed me to grow as a person and an advocate. It gave me a space to learn and to ask questions, and most importantly it made me feel like I was making a difference in my community.
I have been honored to be a part of the volunteer effort at OCRCC for the last half year. Working with the staff and fellow volunteers has educated me in the importance of social justice advocacy for all of our society's underserved. I take to heart the trust that both OCRCC and its clients put in me and all of us volunteers as we help people through some of the most difficult times in their lives. We are building relationships of learning and giving to care for others and also being taught how to take care of ourselves so we can maintain the energy to continue giving.
I was a volunteer for the Orange County Rape Crisis Center for two years. As a Community Educator, I would go into schools and teach children how to keep their bodies safe. Working with this organization was an honor. The staff there are dedicated and passionate; the volunteers are consistent and excited to impact the community. The training I received as a volunteer was phenomenal - much more in depth than any other volunteer training I have received with other organizations. The best indicator of how wonderful this organization is, was the instant respect I had from teachers and counselors at the schools in the community. The OCRCC has a stellar reputation in Chapel Hill, so much so that people respected me and the work I did before they even saw what I could do. I recommend the OCRCC as an employer, as a volunteer, or as someone needing advocacy.
I volunteered as a Community Educator with the OCRCC for three years. I was continuously overwhelmed by the dedication of the staff and volunteers. The Center impressively balances professional standards of its team members with a welcoming attitude towards any and all visitors. The presence of the OCRCC is felt throughout Orange County; they serve every possible community member through services in English and Spanish, a wide variety of support groups, childcare, child abuse prevention programs, and so much more. I wholeheartedly encourage widespread support of this incredible center!
I can't say enough good things about the Orange County Rape Crisis Center. They provide an amazing service to our community and especially to our children through the "Safe Touch" program where PreK-5 students learn about personal safety.
I've been volunteering for the OCRCC for three years now on the crisis line, and with every call, I can hear the difference we're making. People know they can call us when they're in crisis, when they don't know what to do. The OCRCC is dedicated to providing good service to everyone--people know that they're safe with us. On a personal level, I can't tell you how incredibly caring and supportive all of the people who work and volunteer there are. I have never met such an amazing group of people, with a culture of genuine kindness and unconditional support.
I have volunteered with the crisis center for 4 months now. My experience in training was amazing, as the center featured many different members of the community in their training sessions. The OCRCC's emphasis on listening to and validating survivors of sexual violence allows for many hurting people to find a safe space and a path to healing. Another great service the center provides is information for survivors, which can help empower those who have had their power taken from them. The Orange County Rape Crisis Center is devoted to providing compassionate and efficient services to the community of Orange County.
I have been involved with the OCRCC since January 2015, and it is one of the best communities I have ever been a part of. The Center is so dedicated to its clients and volunteers, and this is shown by the extensive training that virtually all volunteers must go through in order to represent the Center. The staff are absolutely incredible and make volunteering an even better experience. I find new inspiration each time I interact with someone from the Center; whether it be a client, a fellow volunteer or a staff member. This truly is one of the greatest places I have ever had the honor of being a part of.
Serving as a volunteer for the OCRCC is a dream. After volunteering at several other local organizations, I found the volunteer program at OCRCC to be far more organized, engaging, and geared towards finding volunteers' strengths. The staff is hard working, dedicated, and highly skilled. The organization as a whole is doing high quality and much-needed work for Orange County and way, way beyond. What a privilege to be connected to such a fabulous group of people.