FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 2, 2014
In light of reduced funding and agency capacity, Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS), the primary provider of sexual assault support services in Lane County, will reduce hours of services. Beginning Monday, January 6th, to maintain the best possible services with limited resources, SASS announces the closure of Drop-In Advocacy Services on Mondays and Fridays.
Drop-In Advocacy Services will still be available 9am – 4pm, Tuesday – Thursday. As always, for those in need of any SASS service, please contact the 24 hour Crisis Line.
Although SASS’ Drop-In Advocacy Services is one of its most utilized services, it has been extremely difficult to sustain given current funding levels and agency capacity.
“Although this past year’s increase in state funding through the Oregon Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Fund has certainly helped, like many other local service providers, SASS has seen a decrease in funding from other sources over the past few years,” says BB Beltran, Executive Director of SASS. “I think given our current capacity, the best course of action is to reduce the hours of our Drop-In Advocacy Services. It is important to note that Drop-In Advocacy Services will still be available Tuesday through Thursday and survivors will still be able to access other critical services like our 24-hour Crisis and Support Hotline and Medical and Legal Advocacy. I am confident that SASS will continue to provide the essential support survivors and their partners, friends and family need.”
For more information, contact:
BB Beltran, Executive Director, at 541-484-9791.
Tickets for the 2014 Eugene-Springfield Community Performance of The Vagina Monologues are now on sale.
Friday, April 4th & Saturday, April 5th @ 7pm – $10*
ASL interpretation at Friday & Saturday performances
Sunday, April 6th @ 2pm – $8*
*prices do not include credit card and processing fees for credit card and online sales
Tickets can be purchased online at: sass.ticketleap.com/2014vm
Sexual Assault Support Services, 591 W. 19th. Ave., Eugene – Mondays from 1-3pm
The Wesley Center, 1236 Kincaid St., Eugene – Tuesday, March 25th 5:30-7:30 and Saturday, March 29th 12-3pm for cash/check only
Tickets will be sold at the door beginning 1 hour prior to each performance for shows that are not sold out. Performances are at the Wesley Center, 1236 Kincaid St.
For more information visit vdayeugene.org or email email@example.com.
THANK YOU to the following sponsors for supporting the 2014 Eugene-Springfield production of The Vagina Monologues:
Pacific Continental Bank
Friends of V-Day
Anne Marie Moore, WHNP
City of Eugene, Human Rights Commission
State and University employees can now support Sexual Assault Support Services through the Charitable Fund Drive using code “4435”
Giving Online is Easy and Secure:
- Go to ecfd.oregon.gov and click on “PLEDGE NOW“
- Click “LOG IN” and enter the “iPledgeOnline” giving site by typing in your:
- Username = your employee ID number, including all zeros (and begins with “OR” if you work for a state agency).
- Password = either the password you chose in a previous year OR your first name and last name in ALL CAPS, with no space between (if you’ve never pledged online before = example: JANESMITH). If this is your first time pledging online, you will be asked for your email address and your state agency and location.
- Enter your pledge amount, use the code “4435” to allocate your gift to Sexual Assault Support Services, and provide contact information.
- Submit your pledge – and you’re done! Your gift will start with your first paycheck of 2014.
Thank you for your support – when you make a donation to Sexual Assault Support Services through the State Employees Charitable Fund Drive, you are helping to ensure services for survivors are available whenever they need them!
Our next volunteer training will begin October 25th at 5:30 pm. Our Direct Service Training puts sexual violence into a political and social context. It is required for all volunteers. A training schedule with other logistical details is included in the Fall 2013 SASS Volunteer Training Packet. You must complete all the trainings on the schedule before you can do direct service, and the first weekend must be completed in whole before advancing.
Upon completion of the Volunteer Training, each trainee will go through an informal two-way interview with a SASS staff member. This is an opportunity to ask questions of and give feedback to each other. Together we will discuss your interests and skills, and our additional training requirements necessary for you to move from a trainee to a regular volunteer. We also have a process of shadowing and supported on-the-job training for each volunteer job description. You will always be able to receive mentoring as a volunteer at SASS and in time you may become a mentor to newer volunteers.
Each new volunteer training is exciting for the current volunteers and staff because new volunteers (you!) bring new ideas, expertise and energy. The rewards of volunteering at SASS are many. You will have the opportunity to meet new people, to work with others towards a common goal, to acquire new skills, to offer services to survivors, and to network with other community agencies. In return SASS encourages initiative, dedication and responsibility on the part of the trainee/volunteer so that we may offer the best possible services to survivors and do the most effective work for social change. If you are willing to make an effort on behalf of yourself and others, you will find that you are very welcome here and that your work makes a difference.
To join our Fall training, register online or download the training packet and fill out and return the last page.
For more information, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at:
541-484-9791 ext. 306
volunteer (at) sass-lane.org