The Aurora Center offers volunteer opportunities at The University of Minnesota that are focused on providing support to survivors and educating to the campus. All positions are designed to foster leadership and professional skill development for volunteers.

How to Volunteer

All prospective volunteers must attend orientation and training prior to taking a volunteer position. Trainings are scheduled a few times a year; see the next scheduled training sessions.

Application Packet

The 2015-2016 Volunteer Application Packet is now available. Please contact Jerie Smith with questions or to submit your application form.

Available Positions

Violence Prevention Educators (VPE) (Training Spring 2016)
Violence Prevention Educators (VPEs) give presentations to college peers on the issues of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and other related topics. They gain language skills to have conversations with friends and community members to foster change through leadership development. Find out more, or attend the next training.

Direct Service Advocates (Training Spring 2016)
Direct Service Advocates are trained to listen, provide support, and explain options to callers on our 24-hour help line during non-business hours. Advocates may also do follow-up work with clients in the office. Find out more, or attend the next training.

Special Projects Volunteers (Training June 2015)
Looking to get involved with our office? Would you be interested in representing The Aurora Center by staffing various events across campus? The Special Projects Volunteer (SPV) position may be for you!
During our 6 hour training, you will learn important information about preventing sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking and supporting survivors. Download our Volunteer Application Packet and submit to Jerie Smith, Volunteer Coordinator, at smith449@umn.edu by the deadline of Friday, May 1, 2015.

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Who Can Volunteer

No prior experience is needed to volunteer at the Aurora Center, as comprehensive and ongoing training is provided. We require all volunteers to be 18 years or older.

Undergraduate Students & Graduate Student

  • We welcome all students to apply to be a volunteer.

Staff & Faculty

  • We also welcome staff and faculty to apply to be a volunteer.

Community Service-Learning Center

  • If you have been officially approved to complete your service at The Aurora Center, you still need to submit an application and a letter of reference in order for you to volunteer with The Aurora Center. Contact Jerie Smith for all application forms. You will be approved to begin training as a volunteer once your application has been accepted AND you complete the Pre-Training Interview. If you do not apply by the posted deadline you may lose your opportunity to complete the CSLC requirements through our program.
  • While the hours for our volunteer training satisfy the requirement for CSLC, all volunteers are expected to continue their involvement for one academic year, being two consecutive semesters, starting in the semester you completed training.

Students from other colleges and universities in the Twin Cities

  • You are welcome to apply. Acceptance may be contingent upon open spots in the training as we serve University of Minnesota students first. There are other local organizations who train community members to provide support to survivors such as Sexual Offense Services, Rape and Sexual Abuse Center and Sexual Violence Center which can be found in our Recommended Links page.

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What to Expect

Upon receiving your application, you will be contacted to schedule a pre-training interview with an Aurora Center staff member. From there, information about the training and required reading materials will be provided. At training, you will be given a training manual.

After training, you are expected to complete an individual orientation in order to be considered to volunteer. This usually takes place within 1 to 2 weeks after training, at which point you will be ready to volunteer. You will then start to attend regular volunteer meetings and sign up for shifts on call (advocates) or presentations (VPEs).

If there is a need for more Office Advocates, Help Line Advocates who wish to be Office Advocates will be informed of an upcoming 6-hour training and the available hours to work in the office.

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Upcoming Trainings

To participate in any of these trainings, download an application packet or contact Jerie Smith with questions.

Special Project Volunteer Training: 6 hour training on campus June 5, 2015. Application Deadline is May 1 2015. MORE DETAILS HERE

Next 40 hour All-Volunteer Training will be held in 2016. Application Deadline is November 30, 2015.

This is our advanced training for:

Direct Service Advocates
Violence Prevention Educators (VPE)

Please contact Jerie Smith with questions.


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