How to Help
There are a variety of ways you can help at the Center for Counseling & Victims’ Services (CCVS).
Graduate Counseling Internships
As a graduate intern, you’ll have the opportunity to work with clients who have experienced crime, abuse, and trauma and you’ll have a chance to develop a wonderful skill set to address victims’ issues and experiences.
We’ve found that many of our clients, who seek counseling for other reasons, also have been a victim of crime and these experiences influence the problems they’re overcoming today. As you develop as a clinician, you’ll find that the experience and support you receive here will become a solid foundation for your future career.
You'll also have the opportunity to work with clients who are in the criminal justice system and understand how to help people move from criminal behavior to pro-social behavior. Finally, we offer general counseling to the community, so you will certainly have an array of experiences that will help you grow and learn the art of therapy.
We love our volunteers. At CCVS you can help others, build your skills, and use your creativity to help us grow and thrive.
You’ll work in a culture where coaching and mentoring are highly valued and we’ll do what we can to help you get the most out of your volunteering experience.
Whether you fill a current role, or have an idea for a new one, your help as a volunteer can lead to other opportunities. In fact, many of our volunteers have gone on to paid employment in our own department or with our community partners and we’re committed to providing you with resume building experiences at every step.
Post-grad, masters level, therapists are much needed. If you are working toward licensure, you'll need to have an outside, qualified, clinical supervisor as we are unable to offer licensure supervision at this time.
If you’re interested in applying for a volunteer position in CCVS, please review our Volunteer and Internship pages and e-mail Marci Nelson, CCVS Manager with a completed application.
Donations and Contributions
We are always grateful to have contributions and donations from our community members. Citizens have helped in a variety of ways including:
- Cash donations
- Basic needs supplies (non-perishable food, hygiene/toiletries, feminine hygiene, diapers, etc. )
- Gift card donations (gas, retail, food, etc.)
- Hotel/motel toiletries (These are amazingly welcomed and appreciated)
- Décor and furniture donations (to help our clinic be as comfortable and welcoming as possible)
If you are interested in contributing to our Center, please contact Marci Nelson, CCVS Manager.
Due to limited storage space, we do not accept the following donations:
- Household items
- Baby furniture, carseats, swings, etc.
Speaking and Outreach
If you have first-hand experience with crime victimization, CCVS offers many opportunities to speak about your experiences and educate others. These include Domestic Violence Impact Panels, presentations in local universities, speaking at law enforcement trainings, and other education and outreach activities. We are also open to new ideas and welcome suggestions.
If you are interested in participating or have an outreach idea, please contact Marci Nelson, CCVS Manager.