Why Do You Volunteer At SACHA?

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It’s #NationalVolunteerWeek. We could go on and on about how important volunteers are at SACHA and how much we admire their amazingness – we already did in this post!

We thought we’d also hand the mic to our volunteers and let them explain why they give so much to SACHA:

“I volunteer at SACHA because it warms my heart to know there are so many wonderful feminists in the world! Thank goodness for SACHA!” – Katie, Take Back the Night volunteer

‘I love SACHA because it creates a wonderful human connection in a time of need and I fell like there are so few opportunities to share openly and be loving in response.’ – SACHA Support Line volunteer

“I volunteer at SACHA because I believe survivors.” – Jordan, Take Back the Night Committee Member Continue reading

We Heart SACHA Volunteers

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SACHA volunteers donated 10 454 hours last year.

Volunteers warmly listen on our support line, organize events, give important input on committees, and bring their general intersectional feminist awesomeness to SACHA.

We appreciate their skills and gifts SO MUCH!

No jokes, SACHA would not exist without these exquisite humans.

If you know a wonderful SACHA volunteer, please ask them if they’d like a hug or a high five and tell them it’s from us.

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#NationalVolunteerWeek #welovevolunteers #HamOnt

Interview with SACHA’s Finn

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Finn has been doing a work placement at SACHA since January.

Finn’s working on finishing their high school degree and is constantly on the lookout for more puppies to cuddle.

They kindly allowed us to interview them for our blog:

Why did you choose a placement with SACHA – an intersectional feminist collective?

I chose SACHA because I knew it was an intersectional feminist organization. I am an intersectional feminist and thought it would be a good way to improve my knowledge and also just help me to improve on being a better feminist which is very important to me. Continue reading

Quiet Online in January

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We LOVE using social media to create conversations about ending sexual violence and creating cultures of consent.

Our Public Educator, Erin Crickett, is away from SACHA until February. She handles all of SACHA’s social media – FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, and this blog. That means that we won’t be posting as much during the month of January. You might not see the latest news story about sexual violence in our feed.

SACHA’s massive fundraiser Chocolate Fest is coming up on March 2nd. Annie, our amazing Chocolate Fest Coordinator, will be posting on Chocolate Fest updates on Twitter and Instagram. Make sure to follow! Contact Annie if you’d like to donate or sponsor SACHA.

If you want to get in a hold of SACHA, social media isn’t the best way even when Crickett is in the office. If you have questions about any of our programs – Diverse Communities Outreach, Counselling & Advocacy, 24 Hour Support Line or Public Education – calling the office – 905.525.4573 – or sending us a message is the best!

If you’re in need of immediate non-judgmental listening our 24 Hour Support Line  is always available – 905.525.4162.

Things you might not know about SACHA’s Public Education Program:

  • We only have one paid worker in the entire program, Erin Crickett. She works only works four days a week.
  • The program covers workshops and trainings, media (both legacy and new media), community collaboration, and events like Take Back the Night and Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair.
  • In 2015/16 fiscal year we presented to 5040 workshop participants.
  • We currently receive more requests to facilitate workshops than we’re able to provide.
  • The wifi in SACHA’s office, which was only installed a year ago, doesn’t reach to Crickett’s office because the router is not powerful enough. When she wants to post a picture on Instagram, she has to lurk in her doorway.

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  • Our work ending sexual violence and creating consent culture is having an impact.  Last year 95% of workshop participants at the end of the workshop strongly agree or agree that they understand how to prevent sexual violence.
  • Here’s what workshop participants are saying about our workshops:
    • ‘Taught me about myself and how I want my body to be treated.’ – Grade Nine Girl
    • ‘Normal may not always be right.’ – Grade Nine Girl
    • ‘My friends and I still talk about the presentation from last year.’ – Grade Ten Boy
    • ‘Sexual assault is more about power than attraction.’ – Grade Nine Bo
    • ‘Really good speaker, not boring at all.’ – Grade Nine Girl

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Support all of SACHA’s amazing programs by donating to SACHA today! #ShowYourSACHASupport

 

 

Save the Date! Chocolate Fest 2017

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Get ready for SACHA’s most MASSIVE most CHOCOLATEY-EST fundraiser! Our 13th annual Chocolate Fest will be on March 2nd!

We need your help to keep working to support survivors and to end sexual violence.

Join us for a sweet evening of tasty treats from some of Hamilton’s most delicious local bakeries, restaurants, and confectioners.

When: Thursday, March 2, 2017 — 5:30pm-8:30pm
Where: The Cotton Factory — 270 Sherman Avenue North, Hamilton ON
Tickets: $35-$50. More ticket information coming soon!

Click here to visit the Facebook event.

Interested in donating to or sponsoring Chocolate Fest? Contact Annie Horton, Chocolate Fest Coordinator – annie@sacha.ca.

Money raised at Chocolate Fest helps SACHA to support survivors of sexual violence and to work to end violence in Hamilton.

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Looking for Support Line Volunteers

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SACHA’s looking for awesome women and gender non-conforming folks who would like to help survivors of sexual violence.

You get an amazing 16 week training and answer the line from your home.

“I love SACHA because it allows me to connect with a wonderful feminist community.” – Current SACHA volunteer

Training starts in February. It’s good idea to get in contact with Miriam at the beginning of January to get the process started.

As a part of SACHA’s work to end racism and other oppressions, we especially encourage folks who identify as:

  • genderqueer and/or gender non-conforming,
  • who are Indigenous,
  • immigrant,
  • refugee,
  • lesbian,
  • bisexual,
  • two spirited,
  • queer,
  • racialized,
  • and/or who live with disAbilities,
  • and/or who experience any other oppressions to apply.

Have questions?

Don’t talk yourself out of volunteering! Lots of current volunteers had concerns when they started.

This incredible PDF can answer lots of your questions.

Contact Miriam, SACHA’s 24 Hour Support Line Coordinator, for more information -clvol@sacha.ca or 905.525.4573 x222.

 

SACHA is Here For You During the Holidays

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Holiday season: for some it’s a happy season, for some – not so much.

Some survivors struggle with loneliness or tough feelings during the holidays. Friends and families can have questions about how they can help a survivor.

SACHA’s 24 hour support line will be available 24/7 to support survivors of sexual violence – and their friends and family. 905-525-4162.