Victim Center in Springfield seeks volunteers

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- The Victim Center is looking for volunteers to help people who have suffered violent crimes, along with their families.

The Victim Center is open 365 days of the year, 24 hours of the day. However, the only thing is, it needs more volunteers to help answer those calls.

The victim center is run by paid staff Monday through Thursday, but the rest of the time, they rely on volunteers like Mandi Hunter.

"It's just really rewarding and really makes you feel good about yourself that you've helped someone else that's going through the toughest time of their life most likely," explained Hunter.

Assistant Director of the Victim Center Anne Crites says Volunteer advocates are the backbone of the center and its hotline. They have 50 now, but need more.

"Crime doesn't happen just during business hours, and people who've experienced crime, and victims of crime may realize they need help at any time of the day or night," explained Crites.

Hunter has been answering the calls of people in crisis for the past three years.

"Don't be nervous, first of all everyone is really great to work with and all the men and women that work here really makes you feel comfortable," said Hunter.

Although not every volunteer answers the phones, but there is one who makes everyone feel comfortable. Her name is Megan, and she is a Volunteer therapy dog that offers that extra 'furry' support to not only other volunteers but everyone.

"She provides a lot of comfort for anybody that comes in for their sessions, or walk ins," explained Volunteer Advocate, Lisa King.

Crites says everyone at the Victim Center knows the importance of their purpose.

"The walking with people, in that journey from trauma to that place of hope and healing," said Crites.

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