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What you can do to help

There are several ways to support what we do here at Growing Strong. As a non-profit organization that supports the community, we always have things to help with. Donate or volunteer with us today!

At Growing Strong Sexual Assault Center, we stand in solidarity with survivors of sexual violence, offering them support, resources, and a safe space to heal. However, we cannot do this important work alone. We rely on the generosity of individuals like you to continue providing essential services to those who need it most.

Your donation can make a real difference in the lives of survivors. Here’s how:

Direct Support: Your contribution enables us to provide crisis counseling, advocacy, and support groups to survivors, helping them navigate their healing journey with compassion and care.

Education and Prevention: With your support, we can expand our outreach efforts to educate communities about  Erin’s Law, consent, healthy relationships, and bystander intervention, working to prevent sexual violence before it occurs.

Accessible Services: Your donation helps us ensure that our services remain accessible to all survivors, regardless of their financial situation. From hotline support to legal assistance; every contribution helps us reach those in need.

We know that choosing where to donate can be a deeply personal decision, and we want you to feel confident that your support will be used effectively. That’s why we are committed to transparency and accountability in our financial practices. You can trust that your donation will be used to directly impact the lives of survivors positively.

We accept all forms of payment as well as items for survivors. To donate, please contact us or use our “Donate Now” button to make a one-time payment or to set up a recurring payment. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you for considering supporting the Growing Strong Sexual Assault Center. Together, we can create a world free from sexual violence.


Items we accept

We accept new clothing, hygiene items, & comfort items. Any time we get a hospital call, we will bring a set of extra clothes, any hygiene items needed, as well as a blanket and/or stuffed animal to support survivors. We need ALL sizes of clothing (XS-3XL+), children sizes, and prefer that all donations are unisex or gender neutral. Sexual violence can happen to anyone, & we never know what sizes, etc. a survivor will need. Thank you so much for your support!

Clothing:

  • Unisex pants (sweat pants, leggings, yoga, etc.)
  • Unisex long or short sleeved t-shirts and/or sweatshirts
  • Underwear and sports bras
  • Socks

Hygiene items:

  • Body wash
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Body lotion
  • Tooth brushes and tooth paste
  • Hair brushes/combs
  • Hair ties
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine hygiene products (all kinds)
  • Self care items (bath bombs, face masks, body spray, etc.)

Comfort Items

  • Stuffed animals
  • Soft blankets
  • Coloring books (adult and child)

Volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community and support survivors of sexual assault! We are always looking for more people who are able to provide empathy and kindness to survivors.

Our volunteers can help with:

  • Our 24/hr Crisis Hotline
  • Medical Advocacy
  • Prevention Education
  • Office Support
  • Events
  • Fundraising

Requirements

Volunteers must submit an application and complete an interview with a Growing Strong Staff member. All volunteers will be required to get their fingerprints entered and pass a background check. Trainings will be offered before any volunteer work can begin, including:

  • 40 Hr. Training covering multiple topics in relation to sexual violence. (History, Intervention, Prevention, Absolute Confidentiality, etc.)
  • DCFS Mandated Reporting & Civil Rights Compliance
  • Training on how to fill out paperwork for each service offered

*Ongoing education and training may be offered/mandated throughout volunteer time.

Volunteer Positions:

Auxiliary Member

Auxiliary members help staff with basic clerical work, organizing and promoting events, and fundraising

Volunteer Advocate

Volunteer advocates cover the hotline on evenings, weekends, and holidays from their own locations. They provide emotional support and information to survivors, their family members, and their friends. Volunteers covering the hotline are occasionally called to respond to a survivor at the hospital or law enforcement center. When this happens, the volunteer arrives at the hospital or law enforcement center within 30 minutes of the call, asks the survivor’s permission to speak with them, provides information relevant to medical procedures and the criminal justice process, provides emotional support, communicates with family members and significant others, and makes needed referrals.

Volunteer Prevention Educator

Volunteer prevention educators complete additional training beyond the initial 40 hours required of volunteer advocates, in order to prepare them to offer Growing Strong prevention programs to schools and community groups ranging from preschool to adult. They can help with readying handouts to give to participants, present video and power-point content, lead discussions about the content, and offer emotional support and referral to Growing Strong to individuals who choose to disclose an experience with sexual assault after attending a presentation


Internship

Our internship program offers a unique opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of survivors of sexual violence while gaining valuable experience in the field of advocacy and support services. As an intern at Growing Strong, you will have the chance to work closely with our dedicated team, learning from experienced professionals and contributing to our mission of providing comprehensive care to survivors.

Throughout your internship, you will be involved in a variety of activities, including:

  • Providing counseling, support, and crisis intervention to survivors through our hotline and in-person services
  • Assisting with outreach and education initiatives aimed at raising awareness about sexual violence and promoting prevention strategies for a range of audiences
  • Supporting survivors through the legal and medical advocacy process, accompanying them to hospital calls and court hearings as needed
  • Participating in community events and fundraising efforts to support the work of the center

We are committed to providing our interns with a supportive and enriching experience, offering mentorship, training, and opportunities for professional development. Whether you are interested in pursuing a career in social work, counseling, advocacy, or another related field, an internship at Growing Strong will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to make a positive impact in your future endeavors.

If you are passionate about supporting survivors and eager to learn more about the important work we do, we encourage you to apply for our internship program. Together, we can create a safer and more supportive community for all. Please contact us for more information on how you can get started.