Becoming a Volunteer

Volunteers are an integral part of the daily functioning of the TRCC/MWAR.  As unpaid staff, they are the heartbeat of the organization.   Volunteering with us is a wonderful way to have fun, make friends, learn and augment skills and give back. You will have the opportunity to touch a life, engage in community building and advocacy, gain critical analysis skills and make a difference in your life.  This is a life changing opportunity for many. 

TRCC/MWAR invites all women identified and trans people to participate in our many volunteer programs.  We offer trainings throughout the year.  Folks over the age of 18 can participate in our:

  • Crisis Line Training Program
  • Court Support and Accompaniment Program**
  • Face to Face Counselling Program**
  • Front Desk and Administrative Work
  • Public Education and Info sessions**
  • Fundraising
  • Board of Directors
  • Special Events

 Our extensive training covers a wide range of topics that highlights the impact of sexual violence in the lives of survivors locally and globally.  The training runs for 10 weeks with focus on topics such as:

  • Contextualizing the Anti-Rape Movement
  • Violence against Women – Issues on the continuum
  • Peer Support Counselling
  • Sexual Assault, Rape, Sexual Harassment
  • Mental Health and Addictions
  • Coping Strategies (isolation to self injury to Suicide)
  • Global War on Women
  • Crisis Intervention and Counselling Skills
  • Women in Conflict with the Law
  • Medical and Legal Intervention
  • Date Rape and Date Rape Drugs
  • Child Sexual Assault and Incest
  • Recent Sexual Assault
  • Ritual Abuse
  • Rape as a Weapon of War
  • Human Trafficking
  • Self –Care Strategies
  • Feminization of Poverty

If you are interested in becoming a part of our volunteer collective, or would like more information, please contact Karlene at 416-597-1171 ext. 223 or email
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– Requires at least 6 months to 1 year experience doing other areas of work, preferably on the crisis line or information desk.

Note: Individuals who are currently accessing services at the centre are required to wait 6 months after this process before becoming a volunteer.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 How do I become a volunteer?

Please contact Karlene at 416 597 1171 x223 or

What kind of volunteer roles are there?

There are several ways to volunteer with us! We separate them into front line work, committee work and activism/event planning. Some of the roles are:

FRONT LINE VOLUNTEERING

Front desk volunteer – The first place of contact for any survivor accessing our services, we need constant support at our front desk answering call, emails, connecting survivors with staff and all around administrative support.

Contact volunteering@trccmwar.ca

24 Hour Crisis Line Counselor – After an 10 session training twice annually, Crisis Line Volunteers answer calls on our 24 hour crisis line

Court Support and/or Face-to-Face Counselor – After working on the Crisis Line for one year, some volunteers move to in-person support and counsel survivors as volunteer Counselors. They also can (in conjunction with counseling or not) accompany survivors to various court proceeding including criminal court, family court, medical appointments, immigrations related court proceedings 

COMMITTEE WORK

We have several committees that convene throughout our year. These include:

 Bowlathon – Our annual fundraising event where volunteers support the committee to make Bowlathon happen. Bowlathon often happens in February. Contact directly.

Take Back the Night Community Planning Committee – After 35 years we are still fighting for our right to walk the streets at night and live violence-free lives. Join our committee that usually starts meeting in August. Contact

takebackthenighttoronto.com

Grants Committee – people who have mad skills to help write grant submissions. Please contact Karlene@trccmwar.ca

Latin Amercian Women’s Program – Fluent in Spanish is critical. Support Spanish speaking survivors with crisis support, accompaniments and Latina caucus work where we talk about our experiences of being Latina, English as a 2nd language, queerness and survivorship. Contact  or lawp@trccmwar.ca 

ACTIVISM

Join us at event like: Take back the Night (takebackthenighttoronto.com), the Sister in Spirit Vigil (http://www.october4th.ca/), International Women’s Day, Trans Day of Remembrance (http://tdor.info/), Elimination of Violence against Sex Workers (http://www.december17.org/), Black History Month events, Sexual Violence Awareness Month and many more events. Please see our website, facebook and twitter for updates on where you can join us!

 https://www.facebook.com/Toronto-Rape-Crisis-CentreMulticultural-Women-Against-Rape-TRCCMWAR-257773617856/?fref=ts

https://twitter.com/trccmwar

I have a project coming up. Can I contact you and ask questions in regards to my assignment?

While we think it is amazing that you have chosen to focus on us and/or sexual violence for your project, we have several projects on the go too! Staff will accommodate requests for interviews on a case by case basis but we may not be able to answer your email in time. Please thoroughly review our website to look for answers to your questions before contacting us.

Who do you serve?

We serve anyone who identifies as a survivor of violence including trans people, non-binary folks, cisgender men and women, and youth.

Who experiences violence the most and how do you serve our diverse communities effectively?

Indigenous, Black, disabled, younger and older women experience the highest levels of violence in our communities. We are committed to the work of ending colonization, white supremacy, anti-black racism and heterosexism in our organization and community work to end sexual violence in order to better serve these communities. Further, we are committed to decolonizing the practice of trauma work within the centre through a number of different ways: talking about our experiences of being settlers, working with Indigenous communities in a good way, centralizing the voices of Indigenous and Black survivors, decolonizing the ways we work through front line support, integrating teaching about the land we are on, understanding how sexual violence is a tool for colonization and much more.

Where are you located and why can’t I find it online?

We are an undisclosed location for the safety of staff and survivors. We also have an emergency exit button on this website in case you are not alone when browsing and don’t want others to know your browser history. Please call the centre for its location if you want to come in.

 Any more questions?

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