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Lifestyles

Freedom House to hold volunteer informational meeting on Jan. 15

PRINCETON — Interested community members are invited to attend an informational meeting about volunteer opportunities at Freedom House.

The meeting will take place from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Princeton campus at 440 Elm Place. Light refreshments will be served.

For people interested in becoming a Freedom House volunteer, note the next training class will be held from Feb. 5 to Feb. 26.

Classes are conducted at the Princeton facility on four Tuesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m., and three Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants must commit to attending every class.

The course will comprise 30 hours in the classroom and 30 hours of online independent study, which must be completed before the first classroom day. There is no cost to attend, and Freedom House will supply the syllabus and training materials.

Freedom House is a non-profit organization that recruits and trains community volunteers. Those completing the course can serve as medical on-call advocates, answer the crisis hotline, and work with group or individual adult and child clients. Freedom House provides services to victims and their children in Bureau, Henry, Marshall, Putnam, and Stark counties. In the past year, Freedom House served more than 800 victims of domestic and sexual violence — women, men, teens and children. The 60-hour volunteer training class is required by the Illinois Domestic Violence Act and the Illinois Criminal Sexual Assault Act.

For more information, call 815-872-0087.

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