To make a difference in the Santa Barbara community, you don’t need experience or oodles of money. All you really need is a sympathetic ear and a little time out of your regular schedule. Next month the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center (SBRCC) invites everyone interested to become a certified Sexual Harassment Counselor. Learn how to provide support for others and help the ones who need it most.

Since 1974, SBRCC has been working to create a community free of violence and fear. As always, the most powerful assets the Center has are its dedicated volunteers. Open to people of all races, creeds and walks of life, SBRCC is always looking for active community members looking to make a difference.

The 60-hour training period goes from May 8 to June 28 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. All concerned citizens over age 16 are invited. Especially encouraged are men and anybody fluent in both Spanish and English. Once the training is complete, volunteers will be totally qualified to provide help over SBRCC’s 24-hour hotline.

For more information, contact Katie Vazquez at or (805) 963-6832 ex 19. Download an application at the SBRCC’s website.


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