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April 6, 2011

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April 6, 2011

Being a RAINN volunteer is an amazing experience. You receive excellent training and supervision and are connecting with people in genuine distress, which is incredibly challenging but very meaningful and important work. I feel like being a RAINN volunteer is one of the most important things I do, even though it's only 8 hours a month, because you are helping to empower people and sometimes to even save their life.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The visitors to the hotline that decide to not hurt or kill themselves, the people who have never opened up to anyone else but feel supported by you

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more people to volunteer, give a training on basic helping skills

March 31, 2011

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March 31, 2011

What a fantastic organization! Cutting edge technology, a wealth of information and expertise from all the employees, and a wonderful spirit of indomitable spirit among the volunteers. I have been volunteering as an online hotline volunteer for over two years, and it has been a wonderful experience.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The feedback I get from callers. They are always grateful for the amazing service being provided.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it more funding!

March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011

I've been a volunteer with the hotline since February 2010 and my experience so far has been great. It's been great being able to help people who have been affected by rape, abuse, and incest either as a victim or knowing someone who was.

I am really glad they have been able to expand
their service to the military in a safe non-threatening environment.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Receiving a thank you for all the help or that I have made them feel better.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

wish there was more people we could help and more resources for us to provide. I do think the PSAs have helped bring awareness.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Learning better crisis management and I do think it helps me understand how to help other people out better

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Really great experience and it makes me feel great every time a visitor comes to the hotline telling me I've helped them out a lot.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011

RAINN is a fantastic organization and I am so honored to be a part of it. I have had the opportunity to really feel that people are being helped by this organization because of it's anonymity and because of the caring people who are involved.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I feel the results of RAINN every time a visitor leaves better and more informed than when they came.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

want to help even more people.

March 29, 2011

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March 29, 2011

RAINN serves as an awesome opportunity to give back to survivors and victims of sexual assault. I love when a visitor says, "thanks, you've helped me" or "I feel better now." It makes me feel good that I made a difference. RAINN is truly awesome!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

when visitors express satisfaction with my services. It makes me feel good and proud to be a part of something larger than myself.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't change anything!

March 29, 2011

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March 29, 2011

I have been volunteering with RAINN since September 2010. I am in the Navy stationed in the greater DC area. I have personally been affected by sexual assault and have gone through the process of healing. I have changed my major from education to psychology and am going to get my masters in social work. RAINN is a wonderful organization with an awesome mission. My work as a RAINN volunteer has not only alowed me to help alot of people start to heal, it also has helped me continue to heal.

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RAINN has not only alowed me to help others but it has helped me continue my healing process by reminding myself that I am SSSOOO not alone out there...

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I am not quite sure why sharing of personal expieriences with visitors (no details, for obvious reasons) is not allowed but I think it could help in some cases where empathy is hard to achieve. As volunteers we are not bound by Ethic Codes like proffessional mental health care providers are. I think I would change that rule if I could. Just my oppinion. Otherwise, the organization is AWESOME!!!!!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Letting us talk to other volunteers when noone is in the Que

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

ABSOLUTELY!!! I have learned so much as a volunteer with this wonderful organization. Life skills, career expierience, comunication enrichment just to name a few...

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Enlightened, empowered, humble, enthusiastic, greatful, appreciative, thankful, empowering, helpful, and I could go on and on... Just the few months I've been with RAINN, I definatly know that I have found the right career for me :)...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

March 29, 2011

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March 29, 2011

Working with RAINN on the online hotline is the most rewarding volunteer experience I've ever had.

I've worked with several non-profits over the past few years and RAINN is the only one that I have not become somehow disenchanted with. I truly believe that they are doing all that they
can to provide the best services to the people they serve, and I feel that my work is appreciated and valued by the organization.

The online hotline is a brilliant service: I encounter so many people who don't have access to a phone, or are more comfortable typing than talking. The work can be challenging, but at the end of every session I know that I've helped someone get a little closer to getting their life back on track, a little closer to healing from incredible trauma. I'm grateful that RAINN has given me the opportunity to make such a difference in people's lives.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

hearing the people we serve tell me how it has helped them.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have more paid positions so I could come work for them!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I've gained skills and knowledge that I've utilized in the rest of my life. I am better able to support the people in my life who have come to me with problems, and I'm currently in training to volunteer locally as a hospital advocate.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Like I actually made a difference.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

March 29, 2011

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March 29, 2011

I've volunteered at RAINN for over a year now and it has been the most rewarding experience I've ever lived. Although recently I fractured my foot, ankle and toes and have been kept in bed for about 9 months and I truly miss the satisfaction I get from knowing I have helped a survivor by being there for him/her. I believe RAINN gives to the visitors a sense of knowing someone truly cares and that there is HOPE out there for them and that by contacting RAINN they find their little space of peace with people who truly care and give of their time for the benefit of others at the same time rewarding oneself with content and the power of knowing you've helped someone through a difficult time in their lives. I absolutely Love volunteering for RAINN and expect to continue after my full recovery of my left leg.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

When someone tells me at the end of a session thank you for being there and your words have been the best medicine, I feel totally gratified to know I made a difference in the individuals life.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add on SPANISH volunteers and the SPANISH language as many victims of human trafficking /rape consist of Hispanics.

March 28, 2011

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March 28, 2011

I've been a volunteer for RAINN's online hotline since October 2010. I spend about 8 hours a month helping people right from my home computer. It is an amazing experience. People have told me that I have saved their lives and have given them hope. It is an extremely powerful feeling to have a person tell you that you have radically benefited their life. RAINN's online hotline is a vital resource for those impacted rape & sexual assault. Being an online hotline volunteer is both personally rewarding and manageable for people with busy lifestyles.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The people I talk to on the hotline each week tell me how much I have helped them.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...have more people volunteer for the hotline so it is never understaffed and also provide online hotline services in Spanish.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Maybe have more local meet-ups with volunteers? But really, it is a perfect volunteer opportunity!

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I have made new friends, saved lives, and have discovered how to help and talk to trauma survivors.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

AMAZING!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

March 28, 2011

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March 28, 2011

I love volunteering here! I have been for a few months now. I got to know a lot of people at the corporate office during my training, and they were all friendly, devoted people. I work in the online hotline, and all of the people I have met on there have also been fantastic people. The work is satisfying, and they have realistic expectations about what you can and can't do as a volunteer. I highly recommend this nonprofit!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

People have directly expressed to me how much the crisis intervention can help their situations--since it's intended to only be a one-time service, I do not talk to visitors after they have started their healing journeys, but pretty much everybody I interact with is grateful for the service and help they received.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I think the volunteers could have a bit more training. Honestly, some of the volunteers I trained with were just not very good at crisis intervention, not to insult them or anything...but yet they were able to continue with the training, when I was scared they may not be a good fit for this position. I'm sure that RAINN would remove anybody that is not a good fit at all for the online hotlines...but it still made me worry slightly.

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