Become a Volunteer

We have finished recruiting all of our volunteers for the 2016-2017 academic term: 

There is a possibility that we may do winter volunteer training, but this will be entirely dependent on whether or not we need any more volunteers at that time. For all inquiries related to volunteering contact Andrea, our Office & Training Coordinator at sassloffice@gmail.com

If you’d like to know what we look for in volunteers, or what to expect from a volunteer position, continue reading below and download these examples of our volunteer applications.

Example Application (word file): 2016-2017-volunteer-application-1

Example Application (pdf file): 2016-2017-volunteer-application-1

 

SASSL is looking for enthusiastic folks with an understanding (or a willingness to learn!) about feminism and anti-oppression. Our volunteers come from diverse backgrounds and are committed to supporting survivors of sexual violence and eradicating sexual violence in our communities.

If You…

  • • Have great communication skills and/or enjoy delivering outreach workshops and presentations
  • • Want hands-on experience with organizing and planning events
  • • Want to participate in community initiatives geared towards improving support services and increasing awareness of sexual violence
  • • Have/want experience in budgeting and/or accounting
  • • Have experience or are interested in policy development and campus safety
  • • Want to use your design flair to create promotional material and publicity campaigns
  • • Believe in supporting survivors of sexual violence from a feminist, anti-oppressive, non-judgmental, and anti-racist framework
  • • Are passionate about making a difference at York University and beyond…

Then SASSL wants you!

 How Will You Benefit?

Receive training in areas crucial to supporting survivors such as active listening, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and more!

  • • Network with community members and groups on and off campus to develop your leadership capacities
  • • Be a part of a dynamic and supportive organization
  • • Improve your teamwork and interpersonal skills
  • • Learn about different resources and support services in the Greater Toronto Area
  • • Support survivors, challenge rape culture, and end the silence surrounding sexual violence by further developing your critical analysis skills
  • • Gain an understanding of how we can create safer spaces and healthier relationships with ourselves and others in our lives

What Do SASSL Volunteers Do?

The 24 Hour Support Line

Working on the phone line is our top priority and our main service to the community. Here volunteers can gain valuable experience listening and offering support and giving referrals to callers on the line. All volunteers are fully trained to take calls through the mandatory training days.

The support line is a crucial service, but people cannot access it if they don’t know that SASSL exists. For this reason, while answering the phone is our primary service, much of your volunteer time will be spent participating in awareness-building activities such as creating events, tabling, postering, and participating in outreach and discussions.

Educational Outreach

Want to practice your public speaking skills? Be a part of the outreach team and help in educating our community about sexual assault and violence. All volunteers have the opportunity to participate in the outreach program, where we deliver educational workshops on sexual violence to high schools, organizations, and colleges in the community. We also hold tabling outreach throughout the year.

Events

In conjunction with our support and referral service as well as our community outreach, we also give back to the community through our special events. Each year we host a variety of FREE events, such as comedy shows, movie nights, art shows, guest lectures, fundraising events, and most popularly, Wen-Do, a woman’s only self defense class. All volunteers are encouraged to help out with events, and even have the opportunity to come up with and organize their own event for SASSL.

Publicity & Promotions

Help get SASSL’s name out there to the campus and the surrounding community. Help with poster design, video editing, web design, social media, event photography and more! If you have a passion for art & design as well as educating others about sexual violence and where they can access services, we definitely want your help.

How Do I Become A SASSL Volunteer?
If you want to be a part of this dynamic team, and have the time to commit 4 hours per week to SASSL, you are welcome to the next time that applications will be open. There is a possibility that they will be open again in January 2017, but it is most likely that our next set of volunteers will be chosen in September 2017. For all volunteer inquiries please contact Andrea at sassloffice@gmail.com

 

If you volunteered for SASSL in a previous year, you can email Andrea at sassloffice@gmail.com and state that you would like to return. It is SASSL’s discretion whether or not returning volunteers need to be re-trained, or whether they are allowed to return.

Questions? Please email sassl@yorku.ca

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