Give Help

Q: I want to help. What can I do to assist STSM?
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You can help STSM in many ways including volunteering, being a community support member, and making financial contributions.

There are many volunteer opportunities at STSM. Volunteer opportunities include becoming an Advocate, joining the Speakers Bureau, helping as an Office Volunteer, and serving as a Group Facilitator. To learn more about different ways of assisting STSM, click here to learn more about volunteering opportunities.  

Making financial contributions is another way for you to help here at STSM. Financial contributions help to ensure that all survivors have access to STSM’s no-cost, trauma-focused services. You can also donate items from our wish list. To learn more about different ways of assisting STSM, click here to learn more about making a financial contribution.  

For more information on volunteering at STSM, email our Volunteer Services Coordinator at vsc@www.stsm.org or call (803) 790-8280.

For more information on financially supporting STSM, email our Development Coordinator  at dc@www.stsm.org  or call (803) 790-8280.

Q: If I volunteer, what choices do I have for placement?
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While volunteering at STSM you have many options on what roles to take.

If you are interested in working directly with survivors of sexual assault and are able to maintain a flexible schedule, consider volunteering as an Advocate.

If you are interested in raising awareness about sexual assault and STSM services by sharing information at community events and speaking engagements, consider volunteering with the Speaker’s Bureau.

If you are interested in helping with special events or administrative work in the STSM office, consider volunteering as an Office Volunteer.

If you have or are pursuing a masters degree in counseling, social work, or a related field, and are interested in gaining direct client contact through facilitating psycho-educational andsupport groups, consider becoming a Group Facilitator.

This are just some of the ways you can get involved at STSM. For more information about any one of these positions, email our Volunteer Services Coordinator atvsc@www.stsm.org or call STSM at (803) 790-8280.

Q: As a man, what can I do to help?
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At STSM we believe that violence affects everyone, including men. Men play a vital role in sexual violence prevention. Men are welcomed and encouraged to volunteer at STSM in whatever position would fit best.

For more information about men and their role to stop violence against women, click here for STSM’s information page.

For a STSM blog post on men volunteering and why it is so vital, click here to view a  blog post by one of our male volunteers

Q: A friend or family member was sexually assaulted, what can I do to help them?
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First, believe the survivor. By revealing to you what happened, they are trusting you. Be compassionate and listen to what they are saying. For more information on how to help a survivor, click here to view a STSM blog post on Helping Survivors: A Checklist for Friends and Family.  

If you have further questions, call our counselors at (803) 790-8208 or our 24 hour crisis hotline at (803) 771-7273.

Q: If I were to donate, how would the funds be used?
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Donated funds support services for survivors of sexual violence and prevention education for the community. If you are interested in supporting a specific project or idea, please contact the Development Coordinator (dc@www.stsm.org) and we will work together to make your dream come true. All donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law.

Q: How can I donate?
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You can donate in lots of different ways!

  • Mail a check
  • Make a one time or monthly gift online
  • Include STSM in your estate
  • Encourage your workplace to make a gift
  • Donate items off of our wish list
  • Would you like to donate something not on this list? Contact our Development Coordinator at dc@www.stsm.org.
Q: Can I include STSM in my estate planning?
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Yes. By including STSM in your estate planning, you are supporting STSM now and in the future. In addition, this often helps reduce capital gains and estate taxes. For more information on including STSM in your estate planning, click here to visit our Legacy Giving page. Or call our Development Coordinator at (803) 790-8280 and we will be able to give you more information.