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University of Iowa News Release

Jan. 27, 2005

Women's Center Offers Project Volunteers, Group Facilitators Training

The Women's Resource & Action Center (WRAC) at the University of Iowa is offering training for prospective participants in two of its volunteer programs. Beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 1, with an orientation session from 6 to 9 p.m., new volunteers will be trained as Group Facilitators to lead support and discussion groups at the Center and serve as WRAC Project Volunteers.

The session will take place at WRAC, located at 130 N. Madison St. in Iowa City, directly across the street from the Iowa Memorial Union.

WRAC's support and discussion groups offer participants opportunities to explore, change, learn and heal. All groups at the Center are facilitated by trained volunteers and supported by a Center staff member. Facilitators are needed for such groups as Dealing with Grief and Loss, Coming Out, Gender Puzzle, Sister to Sister, Women and Popular Culture and many others. Group facilitators receive a total of 15 hours of training between Feb. 1 and 12. Call 319-335-1486 for the complete schedule. Training is open to UI students, staff and faculty, as well as members of the community. All are welcome.

WRAC Project Volunteers engage in a variety of activities through the Center, including hands-on projects such as re-furbishing rooms in the building, planning and carrying out educational events -- including last year's "Beyond Cinco de Mayo" -- and a series of voter education workshops during the past semester. They also assist with large-scale WRAC-sponsored events such as the Iowa Women's Music Festival and the upcoming "Daughters of Shahrazade" conference. WRAC Project Volunteers will receive a total of eight hours of training beginning Feb. 1, as well as on-going support. Call 319-335-1486 for the complete schedule. Training is open to UI students, staff and faculty, as well as members of the community. All are welcome.

Space in the volunteer training programs is limited, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no charge for the training. To register for training, for more information, or to arrange for needed accommodations to participate, call the Center at 319-335-1486.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Group Facilitation: Stefanie Greenberg, 319-335-1486, stefanie-greenberg@uiowa.edu; Projects: Kristen Gast, 319-335-1486, kristen-gast@uiowa.edu; Writer: Linda Kroon