“I have been a passionate and dedicated frontline volunteer with SAVIS for many years. SAVIS has received countless accolades for their committed service provided to the community – the volunteers and staff are compassionate, caring and professional leaders who drive the success of the organization. Volunteering has enabled me to provide caring, non-judgmental support to courageous survivors of sexual assault and/or domestic violence. The simple act of listening, caring and providing support can create the biggest impact to an individual – it can lead to turning negative situations into positive potentials.”
SAVIS Volunteer, 2015
Join SAVIS’ Dedicated and Passionate Volunteer Team!
We encourage volunteers to assist in many aspects of SAVIS’ work. Volunteers are called upon to staff the Public Outreach booths, provide support to callers on the 24 hour support and crisis line, staff bingo events as well as many other vital volunteer opportunities.
We offer extensive training that will educate and prepare you for working with our agency and supporting the community. SAVIS also provides monthly volunteer meetings where volunteers have an opportunity to expand their knowledge and connect with one another.
Volunteer opportunities include:
Crisis/Support Line Worker (Woman-identified and genderfluid people, 18+); 40 hours of training with a commitment of 20 hours per month.
Provide immediate support, crisis intervention and community resources to callers on the SAVIS 24 hour support and crisis line. Callers may have questions about their own experiences of abuse, or those of a friend or loved one. Callers may be in the process of coping with a recent or historical incident of violence and need emotional support or help in coping with a challenging situation.
Public Outreach/Information Booth Worker (Woman-identified, male-identified, genderfluid people, 18+); 6 hours of training.
Spread awareness of sexual violence and the services of SAVIS throughout the Halton Region by staffing information booths. Youth between the ages of 14 and 18 are able to staff some booths based on the booth location and topics.
Senior Leader Volunteer (Woman-identified and genderfluid people, 45+); 7 hours of Senior Circle training.
A unique opportunity to assist with facilitating discussion circles with seniors in the community about topics including elder abuse, social isolation, neglect, inter-familial violence and inter-generational conflict. This opportunity requires the successful completion of the Senior Leader volunteer training by SAVIS staff, free of cost.
Other senior leader opportunities include Public outreach with SAVIS booths/fundraising, crisis support line worker and/or office administration.
Male Ally Network (male-identified persons, 14+); 14 hours of training.
Engage men and boys to help end violence in your community through education and community event participation. Become a role model for other male-identified people in your life, and help to challenge what it means to “Be a Man.”
Office Administration (Woman-identified and genderfluid people, 18+); 6 hours of training.
Help out in the SAVIS office by completing tasks such as answering the phone, photocopying, shredding and greeting clients.
Special Events/Fundraising (female-identified, male-identified and genderfluid people, 18+); 6 hours of training.
SAVIS hosts multiple events throughout the year including Lunafest (a women’s film festival) and Take Back the Night (an anti-violence rally and march). Be an integral part of organizing these events by attending meetings, spreading the word and attaining sponsors.
Bingo Worker (Open to all, 19+); 6 hours of non-frontline training plus 2 hours of Bingo training.
Once a month the SAVIS bingo team helps run a charity bingo session. As a bingo volunteer you will greet bingo patrons and share information about SAVIS’ services.
Board of Directors (Woman-identified and genderfluid people, 18+); 6 hours of training.
Joining the Board of Directors is a great opportunity for those who want to be deeply involved with SAVIS. We are always seeking for committed, diverse women who have a variety of different experiences. If you are knowledgeable in human resources, fundraising, policies and procedures, strategic planning etc. then we want to hear from you! The SAVIS Board of Directors requires a minimum 2 year commitment, availability to attend monthly board meetings, and work on sub-committees.
- 18+ for most frontline positions (i.e. working directly with clients)
- Woman-identified and genderfluid people unless specified otherwise
- Minimum one year volunteer commitment after the completion of training (most roles)
- Minimum two year commitment for members of the Board of Directors
- Provide a recent Vulnerable Sector Check
- Regularly attend monthly volunteer meetings and SAVIS events
- Most role require the completion of Bingo training
- Commitment to working towards a community free of violence
How to get started:
Fill out the appropriate application below and email it to the SAVIS email address stated in the application. Once we receive your application we will contact you to schedule an interview.
To volunteer please complete the Volunteer Application Form using Frontline and Non-Frontline Volunteer Application.
To volunteer with the Senior Program as a Senior Leader Volunteer please complete the Seniors Circle Application – PDF.
To volunteer to be on the Board of Directors please complete the Board Application – PDF.
For more information, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 905-825-3622 ext. 27 or firstname.lastname@example.org.