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Atira Women's Resource Society

Atira Women's Resource Society

Atira Women's Resource Society (Atira) is a not-for-profit organization committed to the work of ending violence against women through providing direct service, as well as working to increase awareness of and education around the scope and impact on our communities of men's violence against women and children.

Atira provides housing, advocacy and support to any woman who lives full time and identifies as a woman and meets our organizations mandate. We strive to make our services more accessible to Transgender, Queer, Two-Spirit, and Intersex women in need of our services through education and information. Atira recognizes the barriers and stigmatization faced by women who do not fit into society's gender binary system and the violence, poverty and discrimination they encounter as a result.

Keywords: Women , Crisis Support


Atira Women's Resource Society
Branch: Surrey
1- 2970 King George Blvd, White Rock, BC V4P0E6

Atira Women's Resource Society url http://www.atira.bc.ca/

Atira Women's Resource Society Phone Number 604-531-9143

Atira Women's Resource Society Email address info@atira.bc.ca

Atira Women's Resource Society
101 East Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC V6A1K7

Atira Women's Resource Society url http://www.atira.bc.ca/

Atira Women's Resource Society Phone Number 604-331-1407

Atira Women's Resource Society Email address info@atira.bc.ca



Volunteer Information for Atira Women's Resource Society

What services does your organization provide?
Atira provides a range of services not only in the Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (DTES) but also in Surrey and White Rock. Services offered in the DTES include:

Numerous housing and shelter programs
Legal Advocacy
Stopping the Violence Counseling
Homelessness Outreach Support
Self Employment Initiatives (Enterprising Women Making Art, Painter Sisters Painting Company)


Do you have any age requirements?
18 and older


Do you require language proficiency other than in English?
Any second language is an asset


What time commitment(s) are you expecting from a volunteer?
3-6 hours per week


Are there any other requirements for being a volunteer?
Commitment to a minimum of 6 months


Are there any specific skills and experience required?

  • Interest and competence in working with women and children in a feminist based, harm-reduction environment
  • Have a well-developed analysis of the impact/legacy of colonization and assimilation and the resulting impact on First Nations, Metis and Inuit women
  • Be open to working with women who are struggling with substance use and/or mental & spiritual wellness
  • Understand and be at ease working within a harm reduction framework
    Non-judgemental of women

What type of volunteer positions are typically available?
In program volunteering (providing services directly to women and children)
Administrative
Accounting
Donation organization and sorting


Do you provide training for volunteers?
Yes - two training sessions.
1 - Orientation of Atira and our philosophy
2- Program Orientation including tour, meeting staff and learning more about the specific volunteer role


What are the typical volunteer activities occurring at your organization?
Planning activities for women to participate in (i.e. leading an arts workshop, planning a walking group, helping at a community kitchen, helping with the community garden, helping with child care, etc.)

Administrative tasks such as filing, scanning and organizing.

Donations sorting and organization


How will a person benefit from volunteering with Atira Women's Resource Society?
Volunteers at Atira Women's Resource Society have the opportunity to work directly with women and children affected by violence and can truly make a difference in the community. Volunteers have the opportunity to build relationships with the women who access our services and are there to support the women in whatever they need.

Volunteers will also have the opportunity to learn new skills such as organizational skills, taking ownership and being flexible and adaptable. They will also learn about what it means to be a feminist based, anti-oppressive, harm reduction organization.


Do you accept high school students?
No




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