Volunteer

There are a variety of volunteer opportunities with Sexual Assault Centre Kingston.  All of your work demonstrates a commitment to support, to empower and to advocate for those affected by sexual violence in KFL&A. We especially encourage survivors to be involved, as they bring the value of their lived experience.

“I find everything I do for SACK to be rewarding. We’re a community.” – Volunteer since 2016

Volunteering with the Sexual Assault Centre Kingston offers you a unique and rewarding experience to join other compassionate individuals committed to working towards the prevention of sexual violence. Volunteering at the SAC Kingston also provides you the opportunity to:

develop new skills

support and empower survivors of sexualized violence

work in a team environment

gain career-related, interactive experience

contribute to and connect with the community

*Our Volunteer Program offers diverse opportunities for anyone 18 years and older. We ask all volunteers to commit their time for a minimum of six months.*

 

Ready to learn more? Take a look below for more information about each volunteer opportunity!


Crisis & Support Line Phone-2

Duration of Training

5 hours

Time Commitment

Three shifts per month for 6 months to a year.

Responsibilities

Our 24 hour, 7 days-per-week Crisis and Support Line provides confidential and non-judgmental support for survivors and their loved ones. We offer information, support and coping strategies for survivors of all gender identities. Our crisis line covers KFL&A and Belleville. Recently, we have expanded our reach to Cornwall and Kawartha regions.

Our Crisis Line training prepares an individual for the line through workshops on sexual violence, consent, rape culture, trauma, child sexual abuse, suicide, crisis intervention, communication strategies, self-care, medical/legal information and an overview of community resources in the area.


Accompaniments & Social Advocacy

pexels-photo-305530Duration of Training

2 hours per training

Responsibilities

Our specially trained volunteers can accompany survivors while attending legal or medical appointments, meetings and/or proceeding.

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.

Our Centre will arrange for our volunteers to be trained by the following agencies:

Court Support (VWAP)/ Medical Accompaniment (KHSC)/ Reporting (KPD)

We also train volunteers to assist survivors in completing their Criminal Injury Compensation Board application.


Community Education

Duration of Training

1 hour + training for specific event

Responsibilities

The Community Education Program raises awareness, informs the community, and works towards the prevention of sexualized violence in our community. Community Education Volunteers represent our agency at community events.
As a Community Education Volunteer, here are some of the events you can attend:pexels-photo-301926

  • OHL Onside
  • Girls Inc. Groups/Workshops
  • Supporting a Survivor Groups for Caretakers
  • High School Workshops
  • Information Booths
  • Women’s Retreat

Special Events & Fundraising

*No Training Necessary*

Donate

Special Events: Two hours every other week during preparation for event

Fundraising: Committee meets for one hour each month on the fourth Tuesday.

Responsibilities

As a volunteer participating in Special Events and Fundraising, you will assist the Centre staff in creating and implementing social advocacy events and fundraising initiatives while bringing fresh and innovative ideas to the Centre. This includes networking and retrieving sponsorship’s.

Our annual events include:


Child Minding

Duration of Training

1 hour

Responsibilitiespexels-photo-256430

As a child minding volunteer at the Sexual Assault Centre Kingston, you are allowing us to remove barriers to accessing support for our service-users.

The responsibility of the child minding volunteer is to provide a fulfilling experience for the child in a safe manner while their parent/guardian are accessing our services.

Child minding volunteers will receive an email when there is a request for the service.

 


Bingo

Bingo HallDuration of Training

1.5 hours at Community Spirits Bingo Hall (900 Montreal St).

Dates will be provided to those who are interested.

Time Commitment        

6 shifts (2 hours each) per calendar year

Responsibilities

All volunteers interested in participating in Bingo training MUST complete the Community Spirit Gaming Hall training and read the AO/DA booklet.

Are you looking for a low-key opportunity to represent the Centre? Bingo is for you! Support the Bingo Hall staff during games and promote the Centre to those attending.

This opportunity brings in necessary funds that go directly to client transportation and supplies.


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Need a day to relax and do something creative? Come to the Centre and help with the following:

  • Hand pressed buttons
  • Hand pressed magnets
  • Hand poured candles
  • Create your own workshop for Survivors
  • We always need help with administrative tasks- Just email volunteer@sackingston.com for more details.

 

 


Are you under 18 and still interested in volunteering? Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@sackingston.com to discuss the possibilities.


Next Steps

  1. Fill out a volunteer application
    Thank you for your interest in being a part of our volunteer team. Please fill out an application here.  The application can also be dropped of at the Centre (400 Elliott Ave, Unit 1 – Rockcliffe Plaza, on the corner of Division Street & Elliott Avenue).
  2. Complete a CPIC with a Vulnerable Sector Screening
    All volunteers require a CPIC by our funders. Click here to complete a CPIC online. To complete the CPIC in person, visit 705 Division St (Kingston Police Station).
  3. Check your email
    You should receive a confirmation of your application from the Volunteer Coordinator within 5 days of submitting an application. The Volunteer Coordinator will contact you with dates for the next training.
  4. Visit us at the Centre (400 Elliott Ave, Unit 1) for training
    A Volunteer Manual will be provided to you, along with some light snacks. Please bring a note pad and a writing utensil to take notes!
  5. Welcome to the Team!
    Begin volunteering with us as soon as you complete training and provide a recent CPIC! It’s that easy.

 

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