Volunteers are the cornerstone of our agency, which began as a grassroots volunteer phone line in 1975.
Throughout the agency's 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 and special events.
The Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) is incredibly grateful for all of the volunteers we have had in the past, and 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 the 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 Manager by the referees. The first portion should be filled out by the applicant themselves. The application package can be found here.
After the Volunteer Manager 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 Manager.
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 partake in training. In the case of the Support and Information Line, this would be the mandatory 60 hour Training Program.
All volunteers who are applying to take calls on the Support and Information Line must also successfully complete a take home exam, attend an exit-interview with the Volunteer Manager, and participate in a final assessment role-play. After these assessments, the Volunteer Manager will then assess readiness for taking calls on the line.
If you have any questions about the volunteer application process, please contact the Volunteer Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 780.423.4012.
Completed Reference Forms can be sent to the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton via email or mail.
Mailing Address: Attn Volunteer Manager #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 requires a commitment of:
- 60 hours of mandatory crisis line training
- Volunteering 12-18 hours per month, for a minimum of 6 months
- Attending 5 monthly volunteer meetings per year
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.