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Advocacy/Ombudsman Volunteer Opportunities

Code: PX-1850.4000-030

Organizations that are actively seeking individuals with the requisite skills and experience who are willing to work on a voluntary basis without remuneration as advocates who intercede on behalf of individuals and/or groups to ensure that they receive the benefits and services to which they are entitled and to investigate complaints against corporations, universities, nonprofit organizations, government entities and non-governmental organizations that may be infringing on the rights of individuals. Volunteers in this position may help patients and family members investigate and solve problems with health care providers; advocate for the best interests of individuals with disabilities; provide information and assistance that empowers victims of abuse or other types of crimes to act for themselves (and, if necessary, intercede on their behalf); provide support for crime victims in court proceedings; and serve as advocates for other vulnerable populations.

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