ACOVA (A Community Organization for Victim Assistance) is accepting applications for volunteer victim advocates. ACOVA is the victim assistance unit of the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office and works with the Pueblo Police Department as well as emergency first responders to provide assistance to victims of crime and circumstance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Advocates assist victims and their families, friends and witnesses following a crime or circumstance with on scene crisis intervention, provide information on the criminal justice process, community resources and offer emotional support.
ACOVA Program Coordinator for the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, Jennifer Olmstead believes this to be one of the most rewarding volunteer experiences a person could have. “Giving someone who may be at the most mournful or stressful time of their life the information they need to get through, or helping a victim’s family with the grieving process, or even just lending an ear or shoulder during a trying time, stays with you. If you open your heart to someone while theirs is breaking, you can’t help but make a difference. That is what these amazing volunteers do.”
For more information on how to volunteer with please contact Jan at 553-2460, Ruth at 553-2490 or go towww.acovapueblo.org/Volunteer.html. Applications are due by January 11, 2013. Training classes will begin in late January.