We at the Coryell County Crime Victims Office always have several victim related or community projects at any given time, as well as our typical workload and always welcome volunteers who are willing to lend a helping hand. We are an approved site for several local universities and colleges to provide supervision during practicum and internship degree requirement to college-level students pursuing a degree in counseling, social work or criminal justice. There are currently positions available for interns-please contact our office for more details.
Volunteers provide much needed help and we could not do what we do without them! Some examples of how you can volunteer as a victim advocate include:
Victim and court advocacy- Volunteers support victims of violent crime and their families/friends through the criminal justice process. Volunteers attend hearings and other court proceedings as a supportive and informational source. This may also include working with victim children and families while they are present for trials during the time they are not testifying in court helping them to feel comfortable, playing games with kids, and interacting with families.
Administrative Duties- Volunteers assist with general office duties, including but not limited to, answering phones, typing, preparing crime victim packets and mail-outs, faxing Crime Victims Compensation claims, sending surveys to victims, picking up police reports from various law enforcement agencies, etc. Some projects may be worked on at home.
Educational Programming - Volunteers assist in educational programs throughout the community to various groups including churches, civic groups, community groups, etc. Audiences vary and days and times vary depending on the group.
Community outreach- Volunteers organize and participate in community events/activities such as health/awareness fairs in order to increase visibility and educate the general public.
Also, as a grant funded office, we often have needs that go unmet due to policy guidelines and are not permitted to use our grant funds to buy the extras that are often so important when comforting victims of violent crime and appreciate any extra help or donations from the community. If you, your agency, church or civic group would like to make a tax-deductible donation for victims helped by our office, please view our wish list for current needs.