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We love our volunteers!

The fact is we wouldn’t exist without the support and dedication of volunteers.

At Sagesse, we use a peer-support model, which means that our programs are facilitated by volunteers. We also have volunteers who work in a variety of other roles to help support our mission and vision. 

 That’s why we offer a variety of ways for people to get involved in disrupting the structures of domestic abuse across Alberta.

Benefits of volunteering

Available across Alberta

Even though our office is in Calgary, we have volunteer opportunities available across the province. This includes virtual roles as well as in-person opportunities to make a direct impact in your own community.

Learn new skills

All our volunteer opportunities include in-depth training, so that you can learn new information, develop new skills, and gain valuable experience.

Join our community

Everyone who volunteers with Sagesse deeply believes in the power of working together to disrupt the structures of abuse in our province. You'll get to make an impact in your community and meet new people.

Current volunteer opportunites

Exciting things are happening at Sagesse, and we’d love you to get involved!

Through the Sagesse Line, we provide chat, text and phone support to anyone impacted by domestic abuse, including friends, family and others who informally support them. As a Sagesse Line volunteer, you will be the first point of contact people have with Sagesse. While the Sagesse Line currently runs from Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with enough volunteers, we will extend hours to 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

We believe in the power of peer support and this pilot will allow people accessing supports to connect with a peer supporter from their first interaction with us. This is where you come in! Through your work with the Sagesse Line, you will help people get access to the resources they need.

As a Sagesse Line Volunteer, you will provide:

  • General information about who Sagesse is and peer-support programs offered
  • Peer-based emotional support
  • Registration of individuals interested in attending peer-support programs

About Sagesse

Sagesse empowers people of all backgrounds to disrupt structures of abuse through curating environments to heal and lead safe, healthy lives.

Our Volunteer Program provides opportunities for volunteers to engage in peer-based support for those impacted by domestic abuse. The volunteer program includes 21-hours of direct capacity building, ongoing supervision, volunteer wellness and recognition.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Must be over the age of 18
  • Must be able to complete shifts at Sagesse main office (Calgary)
  • Must complete minimum 21-hours of building core competencies sessions and up to 30 within the first year
  • Must successfully complete up to eight hours of observation and shadow shifts to graduate to Sagesse Line
  • Must be able to commit to at minimum four shifts, each four hours long, per month, over a three-month period
  • Must provide a current (within the last six months) police check or obtain one
  • Must provide references
  • Must be able to provide proof of a government standard COVID-19 immunization record

Benefits include:

  • Flexible volunteer schedule
  • Volunteer wellness program
  • Mentorship opportunities for new volunteers 
  • Reference or support letter after 30 hours of volunteering

End of the Rainbow, a partner organization of Sagesse, is seeking volunteers with daytime or evening availability Monday-Friday. In this role, you will co-facilitate Finding Our Voices, a six-week self-esteem peer-based group offered through Sagesse.

Volunteer Requirements:
• Individuals who identify within the 2SLGBTQ+ community
• Must be over the age of 18
• Must provide references and police check
• Ability to speak Mongolian, Arabic, Dari, and Spanish.

About End of the Rainbow
End of the Rainbow is a non-profit that connects people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities or expressions to volunteers. Together, they create: support groups and mentorship; match convention refugees, sponsor groups or “groups of five;” and provide language, employment, other training or educational services.

Finding Our Voices will start in April. If you would like to volunteer for this position, please contact volunteer@sagesse.org

The BElieve in YOU Program at Sagesse provides peer support for individuals who are or have been engaged at the intersections of domestic violence and sex work. BElieve in YOU engages with people who have diverse experiences, thus we hold the continuum of sexual exchange from choice, circumstance, to coercion at the core of the program.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Individuals who identify as a woman
  • Must be over the age of 18
  • Must provide references and police check

Time commitment:

  • 5 hours/week

BElieve in YOU Peer Support Facilitators will have the opportunity to co-facilitate: 

  • 6 week self-esteem peer based group (Finding Our Voices)
  • 14 week Intersections of domestic abuse and sex work peer based group (Growth Circle)

Apply today  

Seeking volunteers with daytime or evening availability Monday-Friday for the following opportunities:

  • Co-facilitate a 6 week self-esteem peer based group (Finding our Voices).
  • Co-facilitate a 14 week domestic abuse peer based group (Growth Circle).

You can learn more about our peer based groups here.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Individuals who identify as a woman

  • Must be over the age of 18

  • Must provide references and police check

Time commitment:

  • 5 hours/week

Individual Support has two programs that fall under this category

  • Drop-in style individual support: individual support peer facilitator will provide one-off in-person support for women identified individuals with lived experience in domestic violence
  • Mentorship: mentors will be paired with a participant in our Moving on With Mentors Program for women-identified individuals with lived experience in domestic abuse.

You can learn more about our individual support programs here.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Individuals who identify as a woman

  • Must be over the age of 18

  • Must provide references and police check

Time commitment:

  • 5 hours/week

 

Seeking volunteers with daytime or evening availability Monday-Friday for the following opportunities:

  • Co-facilitate a six-week, provincial self-esteem peer-based group (Finding our Voices)
  • Co-facilitate a 14-week, provincial domestic abuse peer-based group (Growth Circle)

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Individuals who are non-binary or identify as a woman
  • Must be over the age of 18
  • Must provide references and police check

Sagesse empowers individuals, organizations and communities to disrupt structures of abuse by curating environments to heal and develop competencies to lead safe, healthy lives.

Benefits:

  • Join an informal community of volunteers
  • Flexible engagement
  • Extensive training – 30+ hours of capacity building
  • Volunteer wellness and recognition program
  • Ability to receive reference letter after 30 hours of volunteering