Volunteer

OCTEVAW’s MANifest Change Project positively engages men and boys to prevent gender-based violence. Many men want to help build a violence-free community and MANifest Change connects male-identifying people with the skills and resources to be part of the solution. As male allies, we learn from women and LGBT2QI+ advocates, practice accountability and hone our skills to prevent common situations of GBV. Volunteer intakes are carried out by the MANifest Change Project Coordinator. A police record check for the vulnerable sector is required. There are three ways to get involved:

1. Help organize and spread awareness

Attend regular gatherings of men to educate ourselves about preventing GBV, practice accountability, strengthen and encourage each other

Join OCTEVAW’s Public Engagement Committee to help organize community awareness campaigns

Get involved in fundraising to support OCTEVAW’s member agencies, e.g. join a cycling team in the annual Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre Spin-a-thon

Time Commitment:  Varies, event-based
 

2. Accompany women and LGBT2QI+ advocates

At times, women and LGBT2QI+ advocates invite us to accompany them to events where our presence helps other men take GBV seriously, and reduces the possibility that audience members will harass advocates. Effective accompaniment is about demonstrating how men can respectfully engage in preventing GBV.

Complete the MANifest Change volunteer intake process

Participate in accountability meetings and coaching check-in’s with OCTEVAW staff 

Participate in Orientation and Active Bystander Training (7hrs, once a year)

Join female and LGBT2QI+ advocates at events that benefit from the presence of male allies, e.g. Project Soundcheck trainings, Shine the Light events, December 6 Memorial

Time Commitment:  24-30 hours/year, daytime, evenings and weekends

 

3. Facilitate male ally workshops with youth

We offer MANifest Change Conversations workshop series in high schools to all-male and mixed-gender groups. Lead conversations about positive masculinity, consent and active bystander skills.

Complete the MANifest Change volunteer intake process

Participate in accountability meetings and coaching check-in’s with OCTEVAW staff 

Participate in Orientation and MANifest Change Facilitator Training (20hrs)

Co-facilitate community, school and campus workshop series with other volunteer facilitators

Time Commitment:  40-60 hours/year; Evenings and/or weekdays  

 

Ready to sign up? Have questions? Contact the MANifest Change coordinator at manifest-change@octevaw-cocvff.ca