Genevieve N. Waller, Esq.
WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST ADVOCATES!
Mary Dell Hayes
Melanie Snipes, LMSW
Director of Crisis Services
Sherry Lewis, MA, LPC
Director of Therapy and Outreach
INTRODUCING: THE IMAGINE IF CAMPAIGN
This fall, we’re launching a new arts and anti-violence initiative called "Imagine If: Envisioning a World without Violence." This campaign will use the creative process to educate community members about sexual violence, its prevention, and its eventual eradication. We’ll partner with local artists, schools, and community groups to conduct workshops that produce visual, photographic, written, and musical representations of the theme of imagining a world without violence; local artists and community members will also be invited to create and submit works responding to this prompt.
Kayce Singletary, MSW, MPH
Community Education Director
Sarah Moran Nevarez Lauren Wiest, LPC-I
Volunteer Services Coordinator
Amy Meldau, LMSW Zoe McDowell
Group Services Coordinator
Sexual Assault Services Coordinator
Alexis Stratton, MFA
Prevention Education Coordinator
Yanisse Adrian-Silva, LMSW
Bilingual Victim Advocate
Alice Fields, PhD(i) Sarah Collins
A selection of the pieces created through this campaign will be displayed at Tapp’s Arts Center in downtown Columbia during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), as well as at other SAAM events. At the April 3 SAAM kickoff at Tapp’s, project participants will be invited to speak out about violence and its prevention, while sharing their work. Thus, this campaign will inspire community members to envision the end of sexual violence while 27 VOLUNTEERS FOR 30 YEARS! allowing them the space to speak out about th ei r own experiences. We would love for our volunteers to join us in this project. If you’re interested in contributing creative pieces, participating in a workshop, or donating art supplies, let Sarah Thank you to volunteers who helped with our or Alexis know! For 30th Anniversary Event this week. The late more information, visit stsm.org/imagineif. shift stayed until 11 pm to help us clean up!
Abuse in Later Life Coordinator
Community Advocate and Prevention Specialist (Sumter County)
CONTENTS New Volunteers Imagine If Campaign Agency Statistics 1 1 2
Upcoming Events & Trainings 2
AGENCY STATISTICS FOR OCTOBER 2013
There were a total of 33 hospital calls in October 2013, more than in September 2013 and the average for the first 6 months of 2013. There were a total of 56 hotline calls in October 2013, more than in September 2013 and the average in the first 6 months of 2013.
% OF HOTLINE CALLS ANSWERED BY VOLUNTEERS IS DOWN 33% FROM SEPTEMBER 2013
% OF HOSPITAL CALLS ATTENDED BY VOLUNTEERS IS THE SAME AS SEPTEMBER 2013
In October 2013, STSM Volunteer Advocates took 17 hospital calls and 10 hotline calls. Overall, volunteers took 52% of all hospital calls and 18% of all hotline calls.
UPCOMING VOLUNTEER TRAININGS
Have you been thinking about transitioning to another role with STSM, or want a friend or family member to join us as a volunteer? We’ve got three trainings coming up soon, so this is your chance to do so! Advocate Training will be January 25-26 and February 1-2. This training teaches volunteers the skills necessary to accompany survivors of sexual violence to the hospital and to provide crisis intervention on the 24 hour hotline. Volunteers must be at least 18, have transportation, and be on call at least two shifts per month. UPCOMING EVENTS Speaker’s Bureau Training will be February 8, from 9 am-5 pm at the STSM office. This training prepares volunteers to educate the community about sexual violence and STSM services, host information tables at local events, and deliver presentations on these topics to community members. Group Facilitator Training will be February 21-23 at the STSM office. This training prepares volunteers to facilitate clinical groups for STSM clients. Volunteers must be in the second year of a master’s program in social work, counseling, or a similar field or have completed their master’s. If you’d like to join a training: Just let Sarah know! If you’re already volunteering with us, she can just add you to the invite list.
STSM OPEN HOUSE
December 11, 2013 4:00-7:00 pm at STSM offices If you haven’t been to our new office yet or just want to socialize, this is your chance to join us for an open house! You can chat with staff, board members, volunteers, and the community as well as tour our new space.
December 11 7-8:30 pm at STSM offices
If you know someone who would make a great volunteer : Reach out to recruit them! Many people would like to help, but don’t know where Our next quarterly advocate roundtable will be from 7-8:30 pm, right after the open house. to start. You can make it easy for them by providing a concrete action they can take, such as calling a phone number you’ve provided or completing Advocates will have a chance to discuss the volunteer application you’ve given them a link to. A good pitch should challenges of and strategies for effective also include why you think they would be a great volunteer —for example, advocacy with each other! And this time— you could message them to say, “Jenny, I’ve volunteered for STSM as an there will be food :) advocate for 6 months and have really enjoyed it. I think you would make a great advocate because you’re such a good listener and love to help others. They have a training next month, and to get started you’d just need to fill out this volunteer application. Let me know if you have any questions, or you can contact Sarah, the Page 2 Volunteer Coordinator there, at email@example.com or 790-8208.”