The Envision Counselling and Support Centre is looking for women who are willing to volunteer with its 24-Hour Abuse and Sexual Assault Support Line.
"We all have something to offer that will make our community a little stronger, a little more vibrant," said Envision executive director Patt Lenover-Adams. "And when we work together, there’s no limit to the heights we can reach.”
Violence affects everyone: all classes, genders, ages, and ethnic and racial groups. According to numbers supplied by Envision, 29 per cent of children will be sexually assaulted before the age of 18. One in three teen dating relationships have physical aggression present.
And sexual assault rates rose 156 per cent in Estevan last year.
Those are just a few reasons why Envision needs help to keep its support line. Without dedicated volunteers, the support line could not continue on a round-the-clock basis.
Envision currently has 22 volunteers, and seven more are needed. Volunteers receive anniversary gifts, and enjoy summer barbeques and Christmas parties.
"We like to recognize our volunteers anonymously for the great work that they do in our community and surrounding areas," said volunteer coordinator Laura Lausen. "The best part of my job is being creative in ways to show our volunteers how much we truly appreciate them.
Volunteers don't help out the line because of public recognition, Lausen said. They do it because they know the support is needed in southeast Saskatchewan.
Envision volunteers are able to help from the comfort of their own homes with the use of a pager or their mobile phones. There is flexibility, as volunteers sign up for shifts according to their own schedule, and there is a time commitment of about two shifts per month.
Volunteers with small children report they don't have problems or inconveniences during daytime shifts. And there are at least two people scheduled on the line at all times, so support and guidance are available if needed.