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Volunteers

Volunteers are the cornerstone of our agency, which began as a grassroots volunteer phone line in 1975.

Throughout our evolution the Support and Information Line, as well as the volunteers who answer the calls, have remained at the centre of our agency and its values. Over the years we have also been very fortunate to integrate additional volunteer opportunities into our programs, such as fundraising, special events, and text and chat support.

 

The Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) is incredibly grateful for all of the volunteers we have had in the past, as well as those who continue to work with our organization today. We value the contribution of our volunteers a great deal and are thankful for all of the compassion and energy that they bring to our organization. SACE is always looking for volunteers who are passionate about upholding a culture of consent and are excited to contribute to the work that we do.

Complete a volunteer application package. This includes two reference forms (personal, volunteer or professional), which are to be submitted directly back to the Volunteer Supervisor by the referees. The first portion should be filled out by the applicant themselves. The application package can be found here.

After the Volunteer Supervisor has received the completed application package, which includes the two reference forms, successful applicants will be contacted in order to schedule an interview with the Volunteer Supervisor.

The interview generally takes an hour and is more conversational and more personal in nature than many other types of interviews. You do not need to prepare anything in advance of the interview.

Once the interview is complete, if the partnership is deemed a good fit for both the applicant and SACE, you will be invited to join us for training. In the case of the Support and Information Lines, this would be the mandatory 65-hour Training Program.

All volunteers who are applying to take calls, texts and chats on the support lines must also attend an exit-interview with the Volunteer Supervisor and participate in a final assessment role-play. After these assessments, the Volunteer Supervisor will then determine readiness for taking calls, texts and chats on the line.

If you have any questions about the volunteer application process, please contact the Volunteer Supervisor at volunteer@sace.ca or 780.423.4102.

Completed Reference Forms can be sent to the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton via email or mail.

  • Email: volunteer@sace.ca
  • Mailing Address: Attn Volunteer Supervisor #205, 14964 121 A Avenue Edmonton, AB T5V 1A3

We look forward to receiving your application!

Volunteering on the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton’s 24-Hour Sexual Assault Support and Information Line, and Alberta’s One Line for Sexual Violence requires a commitment of:

  • 65 hours of mandatory crisis line training.
  • Volunteering 10 daytime hours per month, with an additional one overnight shift (seven hours, from midnight to 7 am) per month.
  • Attending five monthly volunteer meetings or events per year.
  • Volunteering at one SACE bingo per year.
  • Commitment is a minimum of six months.

We are looking for people who possess:

  • A non-judgmental attitude.
  • A willingness to learn.
  • The ability to work with a variety of people.
  • Good communication and listening skills.
  • The ability to work without direct supervision.
  • Responsibility, maturity, and punctuality.

All interested applicants must also complete a Police Information Check, which can be completed during volunteer training at no charge to the volunteer.

FAQs

  • Providing phone, text and chat support on the SACE 24-Hour Support and Information Line, and Alberta’s One Line for Sexual Violence.
  • Supporting fundraising efforts such as bingos and fundraising.
  • Sitting on our Board of Directors.

Learn more about our application process on the left-hand side of this page.

If you are interested in joining our Board of Directors, please contact the Chief Executive Officer at 780.423.4102.

During the 65 hours of training we will cover topics including:

  • Communication and support skills
  • Information about sexual violence, including the cultural context in which it exists, definitions, and sexual assault within the criminal code
  • Anti-oppression
  • Trauma
  • Sexual violence facilitated through technology
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Stalking
  • Suicide intervention
  • The criminal justice system
  • Sexual violence in diverse communities
  • Community resources
  • Self-care
  • Text/chat support

Volunteers may miss up to six hours of training, which works out to be two evening sessions or one Saturday session. If someone misses more than six hours of training they will have to redo training at a later date. Additional review sessions will be arranged for any volunteers who miss a session. Missing sessions must be pre-approved by the Volunteer Supervisor.

  • Training for the support lines takes place at the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton. Visit the Contact Us page for directions to our office.
  • Training for fundraising support positions happen at the beginning of the fundraising events themselves.
  • Training for the Board of Directors takes place after your term begins.

After a volunteer completes training they will have another meeting with the Volunteer Supervisor to discuss getting started on the SACE 24-Hour Support and Information Line, and Alberta’s One Line for Sexual Violence. If both you and the Volunteer Supervisor feel you are ready to take calls you will start volunteering from home, taking calls on your personal phone during the hours that you are on shift. There is also the option to volunteer on-site at SACE during office hours.

  • We ask that our volunteers commit at least six months to volunteering on the lines after they complete training. There is no maximum time commitment for volunteering, and we have many volunteers who take calls, texts and chats on the line for many years.
  • Volunteering as fundraising support is a less rigid time commitment, and any level of support, whether it be one event or many years, is much appreciated.
  • The board of directors is a two year term, with the option for serving multiple terms.

In order to be eligible to volunteer on the Line, you must be:

  • 18 or older.
  • A police information check must be completed, any information disclosed will be considered depending on the nature of the results and the context of the volunteer opportunity.
  • Be able to provide resources and information on all three options of parenting, adoption and abortion to callers seeking support regarding pregnancy.
  • Not have used sexual violence against, or stalked another individual.
  • Not have a personal relationship with a SACE client.
  • Not have accessed support at the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton, through the crisis line or counseling, regarding your own experience within that last two years (as per the Alberta Psychologists’ Association’s guidelines).

We currently offer training twice a year, once in Spring (May-June) and again in Fall (October-November).

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