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November 5, 2012

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November 5, 2012

I am on the RAINN Speakers Bureau and I enjoy being part of RAINN. I am a survivor of childhood molestation and I was silent for over ten years. I started speaking out last year in April 2011. I found RAINN through The Joyful Heart Foundation. I am grateful for RAINN because of the Online Hotline. I use them on occasion. I am grateful to have a place where I can find hope and peace. RAINN helps so many survivors. I thank you RAINN for all you do.

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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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

November 5, 2012

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November 5, 2012

I belong to an organization called R.A.I.N.N. - Rape, Abuse, Incest, National Network, which focuses on raising sexual awareness for children, teens, adults, women & men. Dealing with rape & incest issues is widespread throughout our country. Having a personal story, and being a survivor, I will present to audiences, ways in which rape, date rape and incest can be prevented. R.A.I.N.N. has many speakers which travel to different states, and within communities to spread the good news of survival and tactics, and help other victims through a painful experience, that will help them over come their ordeal. I am so grateful that I have been doing presentations for not only R.A.I.N.N, but for myself as well. ***This is my passion and my calling*** I recently did a presentation at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey, where I compiled a powerpoint presentation on sexual awareness. I was very informative and detailed. I also am a professional Certified Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counselor-CASAC with a B.S. in Human Services & Mental Health Management. I will continue to venture out to more facilities, colleges, hospitals and churches as well as schools in the Tri -State and surrounding areas. ( NY, NJ, Ct.. ,Pa.,and Md. ***I want to thank R.A.I.N.N for being in existence***

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

November 1, 2012

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November 1, 2012

I am a volunteer on the RAINN Online Hotline and it has been the best volunteer experience I have EVER had (and that's saying a lot, because my program in undergrad had a strong basis in community service so I have a lot of volunteer experiences). The training was very thorough and well-organized, and I found the group of volunteers with whom I trained to be a great source of motivation and support. Now that I am past training and actually volunteering, I am so incredibly grateful for the supervisors on the Online Hotline, who constantly provide me with feedback and help with difficult calls. They are some of the most encouraging and knowledgeable individuals with whom I've worked. Whether it is simply saying "you did a great job today" or offering me suggestions for handling difficult calls, I sincerely appreciate their assistance and dedication. Other volunteer support services include a newsletter and monthly online inservice. I find both of these resources incredibly helpful for staying up-to-date, having issues addressed/questions answered, etc. Volunteering itself has been a truly amazing and humbling experience. I am so incredibly moved by the survivors' stories, honored that they are sharing them with me, and grateful when I am able to provide them with some help, whether it's just listening to their story or helping them find concrete resources. It is by far the most satisfying volunteer experience I've had. I love doing it and I look forward to participating for years to come.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

August 12, 2012
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August 12, 2012
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RAINN provides a wonderful volunteer experience. The staff is incredibly encouraging and helpful. You receive a lot of training and supervision. While this work can be difficult, it is rewarding. Plus, with the emphasis that RAINN places on self care, you learn how to manage difficult sessions and learn how to identify when you are getting too involved with a specific chat. After you complete training, the time commitment is only 8 hours a month which you can do on your own time at literally any hour of the day. My experience with RAINN has been nothing but positive. If you are looking for a place to volunteer with that will really make you feel the direct impact of your work, RAINN is the place to go.

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

Having a visitor to the hotline come on distressed and in crisis, and leave feeling a sense of hope and relief.

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

More volunteers are definitely needed

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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?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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

Met a lot of new friends during training, has strengthened my ability to listen and problem solve.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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