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Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region
April Newsletter
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It's time to applaud our volunteers...

The theme of this year's National Volunteer Appreciation Week is “It's time to applaud this country's volunteers." SASC is joining organizations around the country in giving volunteers a big (virtual) round of applause!

We will be celebrating our fabulous volunteers all week on social media, so be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to learn a bit more about our volunteers and the difference they make for survivors of sexual violence. 

In the meantime, check out the infographic below on how SASC's volunteers help survivors. The stats don't lie - our volunteers are one selfless, tireless, and committed bunch!
Volunteering at SASC
 
During the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be thinking about new way to pass the time while practicing social distancing. Have you considered volunteering? Volunteers on our 24 Hour Support Line take shifts from the comfort of home after participating in 9 weeks of thorough training.
 
This is a great way to learn some new skills and build experience. In the coming months, we will be thinking about ways to deliver our volunteer training online. Fill out a volunteer application for our 24 Hour Support Line at: www.sascwr.org/volunteer.
#RallyWithRosie

During World War II, women were called to action with the symbol of Rosie the Riveter. Today, in our current crisis, Rosie is rallying again.

Why? These are critical times for survivors. Research suggests that an increase in sexual violence is one of the likely impacts of large-scale crises, including pandemics. This means that our Centre is bracing for a sharp increase in demand for our services. With demand for our services already at an all time high, the time for action is now.

#RallyWithRosie is a virtual rally, held during the entire month of May. While we’re rallying, we’ll raise some much-needed funds to support survivors. We’re raising $10,000 - and the best part? A generous anonymous donor has come on board and will match each dollar raised during our rally, up to $30,000. Amazing!

How To Join

1. Take the pledge to rally and create a free, personal fundraising page to collect donations.

2. Rally hard - you're the hero in this story!

  • Take a pic in your best Rosie gear, add it to your fundraising page, and to your social media profile(s).
  • Get creative! Hold one of our selfie cards with a message about why you're participating.
  • Use one of our Facebook frames to show your support.
  • We'll give you the tools you need to engage and educate your networks!
  • Let's flood social media and rally united for survivors. 


3. Share your fundraising page on social media, by email or text. Don't forget to let folks know that their donation will be doubled by an anonymous donor!

4. Use our hashtag, #RallyWithRosie! We will enter pics with this hashtag in a contest to win cool prizes. We'll also give a prize to the Rosie with the most donations raised! Stay tuned for other contests throughout this campaign.

 

*Up to $30,000
No One Asks For It!
 
On Friday May 1st, join the thousands across Canada wearing purple in support of survivors of sexual violence. The campaign is called #NoOneAsksForIt!

This is a great way to connect with others during social distancing - take your photos from home, from your backyard, or host an online party on Zoom or your favourite group chat app to get a group pic!

 
Click the image below to learn more!
 

10 reasons why additional funding during COVID-19 is important for sexual assault centres


Ending Violence Association of Canada - On March 18, Prime Minister Trudeau committed an additional $50 million dollars to support women’s shelters, sexual assault centres, and other community anti-violence programs to respond to the unique demand of the COVID-19 crisis. 

Here we take a closer look at why this funding is so important to sexual assault centres during the immediate COVID-19 crisis and its aftermath. We’ll also tell you more about the vital role that community-based sexual assault centres are playing in Canada at this time.

Read more here!

New Website
 
We are excited to announce the launch of our new website! Check it out by clicking here! Some brand new features include an events calendar, online registration for groups and workshops, and online booking forms for our public education program!
 
SASC would like to thank the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation for their incredible support in creating this wonderful new resource. Special thanks also go out to Bob Bender Design, who designed and helped us implement our new website!
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