PAVE is in desperate need of volunteers for our Hotline. There are currently 11 volunteers helping with the hotline and we could use between 10 and 15 more.

A volunteer can be on-call from anywhere. The way it works is someone in need of PAVE’s services calls the hotline number which is answered by a third party, then the volunteer is put in touch with the caller.

Eileen Monyahan, PAVE Office Administrator/Advocate said volunteers can counsel a violence victim on a number of things, from how to get away from their abuser to how to file for a restraining order. Volunteers must go through hours of training, given at the PAVE office in Bennington for free.

Any level of commitment is a help, even if it’s one day a week. The shifts run from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., and 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

“Even if someone only does a short while, that’ll help,” Monyahan said. Read our press release.