Volunteering With Envision
Volunteering for Envision is a wonderful way to involve yourself in the fight against violence in our society. On average, every 5 days in Canada, a woman is killed by her intimate partner. Saskatchewan has one of the highest rates of sexual assault in Canada. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men will be affected by sexual assault in their lifetime. Being a volunteer for Envision is one of the ways people can help those impacted by violence.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What do I need to become a volunteer?
All you need is a desire to help others, a concern about the issue of violence in our society, compassion, empathy and a willingness to listen to others.
- What are the majority of calls to the line about?
Most of the calls are in regards to interpersonal abuse/violence and sexual assault. Most callers want someone to talk to about their situation and some are looking for services and assistance. The volunteers act as a friendly ear and provide referrals and resource information.
- Do I have to have been abused in order to volunteer?
Not at all. Volunteers are trained on the issue of violence in relationships as well as other areas. Knowledge, understanding and empathy are the most important traits needed to volunteer on the line.
- What time commitment do I have to make?
Initially, volunteers must attend training which takes place in the fall over the course of approximately 28 hours.
After the training, the program requests that volunteers schedule themselves for a minimum of two daytime and/or evening shifts per month, including at least one shift on a weekend. There is a monthly meeting that allows the volunteers to connect and often a short refresher is offered. Attendance at these meetings is mandatory.
- What does training consist of?
In-depth training covers most issues surrounding abuse and violence. Training topics range from partner abuse to community resources to communication skills. Volunteers are thoroughly trained on information regarding resources and referrals for callers.
In addition, training focuses on community crisis intervention and information regarding resources and referrals for callers. With the completion of training, volunteers find they have the confidence and knowledge to begin taking calls on the line.
- How long are the shifts and do I have to come to the office to take them?
The shifts are 12 hours long and are from 7am to 7pm (day shift) and 7pm to 7am (evening shift). Volunteers use pagers or cell phones so they are able to work out of their homes.
- I have young children and I am not confident I could take shifts while I am home during the day. Has this been a problem?
Not at all. Most people with young children have no difficulty volunteering for the line. There are at least two people scheduled on the line at all times and the volunteer on call is never on the line without support and guidance. A ‘back-up’ person, an experienced volunteer or staff, is always available.
- When are most of the calls received?
The majority of calls are received during the day. The evening shift receives about 39% and 11% of calls are received during the night (12am – 7am).
- Can I volunteer if I do not live in Estevan?
If you live in the rural area and have cellular coverage, you can volunteer.
- If I decide I want to volunteer, who do I contact?
You can call the Volunteer Coordinator in our Estevan office (306-637-4004) or contact us online and an application form along with information on the program will be provided to you. When you have returned the completed application, you will be contacted to arrange for a screening interview. A valid police record check is required for all volunteers.
“The highest reward for our work is not what we get for it, but what we become by it.”