The Violence Intervention Program of Opportunities for Otsego will hold its Rape Crisis Counselor Certification course beginning September 10, 2019. The 30-hour course teaches community members about the dynamics of sexual assault and domestic violence and how to appropriately support and respond to victims. Upon completion, volunteers may support staff and clients by answering the 24-hour hotline, providing support at the emergency shelter and program office, and assisting with community outreach events.

Workshops are scheduled every Tuesday and Wednesday from 5:30 -8:30PM from September 10 through October 9. Trainees must attend all classes and complete an additional 10 hours of volunteer time to receive their New York State Department of Health Rape Crisis Counselor Certification and Office for Victim Services Sexual Assault Advocate/Counselor Certification.

Registration closes September 6. For more information, contact Taylor Ashton at 607.433.8031 or

About The Violence Intervention Program (VIP): VIP is the primary provider of services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and violent crime in Otsego County. The program offers individual and group counseling, legal advocacy, crime victim’s compensation assistance, safe housing, medical accompaniment, community education, and a 24-hour hotline to support individuals and families in maintaining their personal safety and security.

About Opportunities for Otsego: OFO is a Community Action Agency that has been fighting the "War on Poverty" in Otsego County since 1966. The agency strives to alleviate poverty and fosters self-sufficiency through comprehensive and holistic client-centered services. OFO’s mission is to be the leader in developing innovative solutions that promote healthy lives, thriving families, and caring communities.

Contact Information
Opportunities for Otsego
Daniel Maskin, Chief Executive Officer