HOW DID WE GET HERE? By Walter Henry Male Ally Coordinator/ Public Educator SAVIS of Halton. Considering all that is occurring in the world now. It is easy to get distracted by all the proverbial noise of the day. The truth is, whether we like it or not racism, sexual assault and the attitudes towards…
“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.
One to three times 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.
SAVIS of Halton is Seeking Diverse Members to Sit on Our Board of Directors!
SAVIS (Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services) of Halton is seeking new Board members. Our mandate is to provide free, confidential, and non-judgemental 24 hour support to all survivors of violence including women, men, and members of the transgender community. We advocate against violence in the community at large and promote prevention through community education. The Board of Directors provides strategic leadership to the organization by committing to excellence in governance and supporting the optimum achievement of its goals and mandate. We are seeking committed, diverse individuals who have a variety of different experiences.
We welcome applicants with experience in, but not limited to: finance, human resources, fundraising, strategic planning, and policies and procedures.
The SAVIS Board of Director requires a minimum 1 year commitment (with option to renew) including availability to attend monthly evening board meetings.
How to Apply
Joining the Board of Directors is a great opportunity for those who want to be deeply involved with SAVIS.
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.
For more information, contact Shelagh@savisofhalton.org.