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Volunteers are critical to daily life at Interval House and take on a broad range of activities. If you would like to apply to one of the above positions, please submit a resume and cover letter.
If none of our current volunteer positions are a good fit, you can also fill out our Volunteer Profile Form and email it with your resume to email@example.com, fax to 416-928-9020, or mail it to the address below:
Attn: Volunteer Program
131 Bloor Street West, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M5S 1R8
For more information, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-924-1411 ext. 238.
For information about student placements, please see our Student Placements page.
KALI, COMMUNICATIONS VOLUNTEER
|What motivates you to be a volunteer?
I work a corporate job that I am very fortunate to have, but I have always been motivated and driven to help other people. I believe that human connection is one of the key components in our experience on Earth, and so I wanted the opportunity to donate my time in a meaningful way, and positively impact the lives of people who are struggling. Compassion and empathy are invaluable character traits that I do my best to harness in my day to day life, and volunteering is one way I can do this.
How has your volunteer position at Interval House helped you in your own professional and/or personal growth?
Personally, I've been able to learn a significant amount about domestic violence against women and just how many women suffer in unhealthy relationships. I've learned a lot more about women's issues and why it is so important to fight for our equality, and support each other. Professionally, I've been able to develop my writing skills further and broaden my portfolio with pieces written specifically for a not-for-profit organization. Tone and word choice are particularly important when writing about sensitive and emotional issues, and I've gotten great guidance on this from the Interval House team.
What does Interval House mean to you?
To me, Interval House represents a safe space for women and children to heal from abuse holistically -- ensuring that they are healthy and equipped with necessary skills in all facets of life. It's a place to build self-esteem and self-care practices, pursue independent lives, and seek out healthy relationships. It represents a new beginning, a place to restart and rebuild, in a supportive and caring environment.
What message do you have for the women and children at Interval House?
First off, I would commend them for their incredible bravery! Taking the steps to flee a toxic relationship is not easy and it's important to celebrate yourself and your successes along the way, big and small. I would encourage them to keep pushing forward, even on the toughest days because that's where true strength and growth come from. I would remind them that they are valuable and worthy people who are deserving of a happy, healthy life and love. Finally, I would say it's okay to be open and honest about their experiences -- vulnerability is what makes us human and what often leads us to the most enriching experiences and relationships in our lives despite how reluctant we can be. Don't listen to the voice in the back of your head that tells you that you can't do it or you don't deserve happiness -- you do and you can have it! Make yourself a priority, follow your intuition, and never stop seeking happiness.