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Volunteer

Volunteering with the Sexual Assault Centre Kingston offers you a unique and rewarding opportunity to join other compassionate individuals committed to working towards the prevention of sexual violence. Our volunteer program is flexibly designed, allowing you to be as active and involved while working around your schedule. Our vital services remain available as a result of compassionate and empathetic volunteers, like you!

 

As a volunteer with us, you will spend time on our telephone crisis line and chat/text support line. These lines support survivors from 7 different regions across Ontario (KFL&A, Ottawa, Renfrew County, North Bay and area, Niagara and area, Quinte and area, SDG&A). You will learn vital skills to provide trauma-informed crisis response care that is situated in an anti-racist, anti-oppressive intersectional feminist framework. Other volunteer opportunities that might become available include but are not limited to: accompaniment support, behind-the-scenes volunteering, and outreach. All of our volunteers typically start on the crisis lines before being offered these additional opportunities. 

 

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Over 18 years of age;

  • Have not been a client of SACK for a minimum of 1 year;

  • Connection to at least 1 of the regions in which SACK's crisis line supports;

  • Access to a quiet space when on shift;

  • Access to secure and adequate wifi (Chat/Text specific);

  • Comfortable supporting individuals via telephone conversation & web chat;

  • Flexible schedule and willingness to take a variety of shifts (we offer shifts in the morning, afternoon, evening, and overnight);

  • Commitment to volunteering for a minimum of 6 months (we ask for volunteers to commit to at least 3 shifts per month);

  • Willingness to learn what working in an anti-racist anti-oppressive intersectional feminist environment consists of.

If you are interested in volunteering with SACK, please click here to submit an application. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to the Crisis Support Program Coordinator via email, volunteer@sackingston.com

Please note: our volunteer program is open to any individual, regardless of gender and sexual identity. We strive for our program to be as inclusive as possible, if you have any access needs or accommodation requirements, please don't hesitate to reach out.

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Crisis and Support Line

Crisis & Support Line

Through the dedication and generosity of our amazing volunteers, SAC Kingston is able to offer a 24 hour, 7 days a week, which provides confidential and non-judgmental support services for survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones. Click HERE to learn more.

Crisis & Support Text and Chat Line

Our confidential Text and Chat Line allows survivors to connect to support through a variety of digital mediums. With volunteers like you, we can provide survivors an opportunity to feel heard, validated, and empowered. Click HERE to learn more.

Accompaniments & Social Advocacy

Our trained volunteers can accompany survivors to legal and/or medical appointments, meetings, and proceedings. Volunteers will assist survivors in accessing and understanding the services they may require after experiencing sexual violence. In addition, volunteers can provide emotional support, information, and advocacy. Click HERE to learn more.

Public Outreach &  Education

Community education volunteers raise awareness, inform the community, and work towards the prevention of sexual violence in our community. Volunteers can attend public events as representatives of SAC Kingston, to provide education, information, resources, and connections. Click HERE to learn more.

Special Events & Fundraising

Special Events

 

Throughout the year we have a variety of special events, such as Take Back The Night. During these events, we love to have the help of community volunteers to prepare and participate to have these events go without a hitch. Many hands make light work!

Fundraising

As a not-for-profit community charity, fundraising is essential to maintain the delivery of our programs and services for survivors of sexualized violence. If you are interested in assisting with fundraising, please let us know. No donation is too small, every bit helps.

Behind the Scenes

 

General Volunteers

We always need extra hands to help us create a community free of sexual violence. This position includes opportunities such as Child Minding, Events and Committee Volunteers, Graphic and Social Media Volunteers, and Promotion Volunteers. Click HERE to learn more.

 

Board

 

We are recruiting board members to join us in May 2022!

 

The Board of Directors is a group of individuals who are passionate about creating a community free from sexual violence using a feminist framework.  The Sexual Assault Centre Kingston operates with a philosophical and behavioural commitment to equity, fairness, diversity, accessibility, and anti-oppression/anti-discrimination practices.  Therefore, the members of our board come from a variety of professional and personal backgrounds. Click here to learn more!

Application Process

  1. Apply here.

  2. You will submit the application and complete an interview with the Crisis Support Program Coordinator or another staff member to learn more about your interests, skills, and goals.

  3. You will be required to complete a Responding to Disclosures online training during your own time (2-3 hours).

  4. You will be required to submit a recent police background check with vulnerable sector screening.

  5. You will be invited to either a virtual or in-person (if restrictions allow) training about the position you have applied for and to learn more about SACK's mandates, mission, and values.

  6. Welcome to the team!

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