Are you feeling helpless about the rise of violence in your community? You can do something about it! Female and male volunteers are needed in Manhattan and Queens emergency rooms to help survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence (IPV). Mount Sinai’s Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention (SAVI) Program Volunteer Advocates offer comfort as well as provide important information to help survivors regain control over their lives and help begin their healing process.

Recruitment for our 2017 training has begun and will run through the end of September. Please read through the information below for details about the recruitment and interview process. Any questions regarding the recruitment and interview process may be e-mailed to silva.sergenian@mssm.edu (please put in the subject line “Volunteer Question”).

SAVI Volunteer Advocates are trained to support survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence, responding to Emergency Departments (EDs) throughout Manhattan and Queens.

Interested candidates must be able to meet the following minimum requirements in order to participate in SAVI’s Volunteer Advocate Program:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Current residency in Queens or Manhattan to be close to the hospitals we serve. (Some areas of Queens and Manhattan are also out of our catchment area – this is based on ZIP code)
  • Ability to participate in person in a 2.5 hour interview held on our Upper East Side campus
  • Successfully complete the required Mount Sinai Hospital Volunteer Department medical, drug, and background screenings
  • Ability to attend all sessions of the 40-hour New York State Department of Health training provided by SAVI. The dates and times are as follows:
    • Tuesday, October 17: 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
    • Saturday, October 21: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
    • Sunday, October 22: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
    • Saturday, October 28: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
    • Sunday, October 29: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
    • Saturday, November 4: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Willing to commit to a minimum of two shifts per month, for at least one year. Shift times are as follows:
    • 8 pm – 2 am
    • 2 am – 8 am
    • 8 am – 2 pm
    • 2 pm – 8 pm

E-mail your name, phone number, and ZIP code to savi@mssm.edu. We will have someone call you within 1-2 weeks to do a brief phone screening and set up a time for you to come for the in-person interview. Further details about the interview itself will be given to you at the time of the phone screening.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are some of the most frequently asked questions about the SAVI Program we receive at Mount Sinai.

Can I choose what times I am on call? 
Yes. As long as you honor your commitment (see above), you can choose shifts based on what works best within your schedule.

Do I have to go to cases in both Manhattan and Queens? 
Yes. We ask that our Advocates attend to cases in both boroughs. We do provide car transportation to and from cases to make it easier.

If I have trained as an Advocate for another program, do I have to do the SAVI training as well? 
Yes. Each training session is specific to the hospital(s) it serves and mandated by the Department of Health.

Do I need to be in a social service field to do this volunteer work? 
No. We have Advocates that come from all different types of career paths and we welcome that diversity!

Thank you again for your passion and interest in working with survivors through Mount Sinai SAVI’s Volunteer Advocate Training program. We look forward to speaking with, and hopefully meeting, you in the future!

For information on other programs, please visit the website of the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault.

Contact Us

Tel: 212-423-2140
Fax: 212-423-1021

Tel: 718-736-1288

One Gustave L. Levy Place
Box 1670
New York, NY 10029

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