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.
The SASS crisis line is available 24/7 and all of our services are free and confidential. We need your help to keep these critical services available for survivors who need them, whenever they need them.
Here are some ways that you can help survivors and work to end sexual violence:
Make a donation – every donation, small or big, helps us continue to provide our empowerment-based, survivor-centered services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, throughout the year.
Become a volunteer advocate – complete our free volunteer training and gain the knowledge and skills you’ll need to answer the crisis line, provide peer support to survivors, or even lead a support group. Other volunteer opportunities include: presenting to community groups and students, staffing information booths, coordinating events, staffing the office, or serving on the Board of Directors.
SASS Executive Director, BB Beltran, is featured in the Register Guard:
“There is a strong need for agencies like this,” says BB Beltran, the executive director of the nonprofit SASS, one of only two standalone agencies in Oregon to assist survivors of sexual assault. “I always say that I would love to work myself out of a job and be a lavender farmer, and not do this work if there weren’t a need. But we work with a lot of survivors.”
SASS was honored to be the recipient of a $15,000 grant awarded by the students in the University of Oregon’s Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management’s Philanthropy and Grantmaking Seminar this June. Students researched three local organizations and then split into teams to advocate on behalf of each of the organizations. We are so appreciative that the students chose SASS!