October Volunteer of the Month

 

MESA is pleased to spotlight Holly as our August Volunteer of the Month. Holly is an invaluable part of our volunteer team. Holly has always been such a willing volunteer and makes every effort to participate in everything we do. Thank you, Holly, for your dedication to MESA and our community!

Let’s hear from Holly!

  1. What do you enjoy most about volunteering with MESA?
    I love the community that we have. Everyone is so caring and supportive that I know if I ever had an issue I could go to anyone and instantly feel better.
  2. How long have you been with MESA?
    About 6 or 7 months now!
  3. What’s your personal theme song?
    I would have to say “Flawless” by Beyonce. I think it gives a lot of empowerment to women which I try to do every day and come on, we’re all flawless!
  4. What is your biggest accomplishment to date?
    I would say everything that MESA has given me. Signing up to be a volunteer and now being an intern and Super Group Leader. I love all the responsibilities I have and am very proud of the work that I do.
  5. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
    I would want to heal. This is the work that I try to do daily, but it is usually automatic. Although pain is important to grow, there are many things I wish I could heal immediately.
  6. Who is your role model?
    My grandmother is my biggest role model. She raised me to be the person I am and has overcome more than I could imagine.

Interested in becoming a MESA volunteer? Apply today!

August Volunteer of the Month

MESA is pleased to spotlight Katie as our August Volunteer of the Month. Katie is an invaluable part of our volunteer team. Katie has always been such a willing volunteer and makes every effort to participate in everything we do. Thank you, Katie, for your dedication to MESA and our community!

Let’s hear from Katie!

  1. What do you enjoy most about volunteering with MESA?
    I enjoy believing and supporting survivors in our community who are too frequently disbelieved and re-victimized by society. I also enjoy empathizing with and aiding secondary survivors, or those who are supporting survivors they know personally
  2. How long have you been with MESA?
    I worked with MESA and SPAN’s joint partnership Peers Building Justice for two years while in high school, and have been on the hotline since fall of 2011.
  3. What was the last book you read?
    Believer by David Axelrod.
  4. What is your biggest accomplishment to date?
    I was the deputy finance director for a 2014 Secretary of State campaign that fundraised a record-breaking amount for that office.
  5. What three items would you take with you to a deserted island?
    Water, a phone, and a boat.
  6. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
    I would have Sherlock-like powers of deduction so I could solve crimes and entertain people at dinner parties.

Interested in becoming a MESA volunteer? Apply today!

July 2017 Volunteer of the Month

MESA is pleased to spotlight Lizzie as our July Volunteer of the Month. Lizzie is an invaluable part of our volunteer team. Lizzie has always been such a willing volunteer and makes every effort to participate in everything we do. Thank you, Lizzie, for your dedication to MESA and our community!

Let’s hear from Lizzie!

  1. What do you enjoy most about volunteering with MESA?
    I feel like we’re living in such turbulent times that it’s easy for me to get overwhelmed and begin to feel powerless. I wanted to give back to my community and put some love into the world. I’m a survivor myself and this work gives my pain a purpose; I appreciate being able to use my experiences to help others feel more supported and less alone.
  2. How long have you been with MESA?
    I graduated from the training program last Fall [2016].
  3. How do you usually spend your Saturdays?
    I like playing outside! I’m a big fan of tent camping, kayaking and canoeing (it’s the Minnesota in me). Taking my dirt bike into the mountains is great self-care for me. I really enjoy relaxing with close friends over bluegrass, beer and games. And taking naps snuggled up with my cat.
  4. What is your biggest accomplishment to date?
    Simply getting to this point in my life. 🙂 I’ve had my fair share of pretty tough curve balls thrown at me and I think I’ve been able to stay positive, focus on the learning opportunities and not lose hope. I’ve worked really hard to keep my sense of humor and integrity intact.
  5. What is your favorite joke?
    What time does Sean Connery get to Wimbledon? Tennish.
  6. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
    The ability to turn water into really, really, really good coffee.

Interested in becoming a MESA volunteer? Apply today!

June 2017 Volunteer of the Month

MESA is pleased to spotlight Liesy as our June Volunteer of the Month. Liesy is an invaluable part of our volunteer team. Liesy has always been such a willing volunteer and makes every effort to participate in everything we do. Thank you, Liesy, for your dedication to MESA and our community!

Let’s hear from Liesy!

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I have only been with Mesa since March and working on the hotline since May, so [being chosen as volunteer of the month] came as a complete surprise to me. I am very grateful, but, truth be told, I am just glad to help in any way I can. The real joy of working at MESA for me is the tangible difference volunteers make by just being there and working with all people who are affected by the sexual assault epidemic of our world. Being an advocate for community members and teaching my friends and loved ones about how to tangibly make a difference, instead of just hoping for someone else to combat sexual assault, is what makes me want to keep doing more.

As it is for all of us, sexual assault has an intrinsic influence on my life. I have been doing advocacy work informally with my friends and family for years. As I am sure all volunteers have experienced, I’ve been thanked by strangers for just showing up at events and helping with such a difficult subject; It really puts this work in perspective. Donating a little time every month is not that much effort for me, and I am excited and happy to do anything to help heal and expand how MESA helps survivors and creates open dialogue with the community.

It feels a little strange being such a newcomer and being thanked for the work that so many have done before me, but it shows how much everyone needs MESA. Given our current political climate, it’s even more rewarding to give any extra help I can to an organization that is indirectly under attack by ignorance and fear. We [volunteers] all do such great work by holding space for pain, and creating an environment where people can get the help they need, subsequently creating a ripple effect through our own personal spheres of influence. I am honored and glad to be doing work that makes such a difference to even one person’s life. That’s what it’s about for me, just being there for one person.

Interested in becoming a MESA volunteer? Apply today!

Canine Classic 5k Winner Results Are In!

The Canine Classic was a wonderful success with a warm, sunny finish to warm participants and their pooches. The highlight of the event was afterward, watching all of the lovable, four-legged friends strut their stuff in the Dog Trick Contest. We can’t wait to share more! Stay tuned for pictures to follow!

Check out who took home the big win. Click HERE!

Announcing the 17th Annual Canine Classic 5k! You’re invited!!

Canine 2017 - Canine Logo w sponsors Great cause. Dogs. Running. Music. Fun.
Need we say more?

The Canine Classic is a unique event that helps support a cause that can be difficult to talk about. It provides a fun, positive, and light-hearted atmosphere that brings the community together to support sexual assault awareness.

The 17th annual Canine Classic 5k will be held on Sunday, April 30th 2017 at the Boulder Reservoir. Canine Classic is a dog-friendly 5k run/walk for participants of all ages. (Canine companion is optional.) This is a professionally-timed event that can be used as a BolderBOULDER qualifying time.

This year’s event will feature local DJ, Blakk Caesar (Henry Mitchell), delicious food from the Wheel & Whisk food truck, doggie vendor expo and more fun than you can shake at!

Learn more about this event at CanineClassicBoulder.org.

Interested in becoming a sponsor, vendor, or a volunteer? Contact Alyssa Paschall at events@movingtoendsexualassault.org.

Register

 

 

 

ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES AT NOON ON SATURDAY APRIL 29TH
ENTRIES RECEIVED AFTER NOON ON FRIDAY APRIL 28TH WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR EARLY PACKET PICKUP AND MUST BE PICKED UP ON RACE MORNING.


Boulder artist, Kristin Sheldon, owner and creator of Heartstrings Card Company, has created and donated the Canine Classic race logos for over 25 years. Kristin’s whimsical three dogs, along with the bluebird have become iconic characters for the Canine Classic race every year.

Don’t miss your chance this year to own your very own Canine Classic swag, featuring these lovable mascots! Click here to learn more!

Announcing a Support Group for Primary Survivors of Sexual Assault

Survivor's Support GroupMoving to End Sexual Assault (MESA) is now offering a support group for primary survivors of sexual assault. If you are a survivor of sexual trauma, this group is for you. Benefit from emotional support, understanding, and encouragement from one another.
This 8-week group will provide:

  • A warm, safe, private setting with 3 to 6 members
  • Understanding on how trauma has affected you
  • Tools to help you manage difficult thoughts and feelings
  • A chance to share support with other survivors

Who it helps: This group is for primary survivors of sexual trauma
When: Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (8 weeks) Starting March 9th, 2017
Where: Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA) – 1333 Iris Avenue, Boulder, CO 80304
Facilitator: Taylor Millard, BS, MSW candidate
Investment: $15 per session; Victim compensation accepted as payment form.

Space for this group is limited; register today!

Register

MESA Hotline Volunteer Training Dates Announced

Training Dates Announced:

MESA’s Hotline volunteer training will be held February 23rd through March 22nd. MESA needs you! Gain skills and experience while moving to end sexual assault. Click HERE to apply today!

Recruitment Spring 2017

Employment Opportunity: Now Hiring for the Position of Prevention Education Specialist

Job Description

Mental Health Partners offers a diverse, quality work environment, competitive salary, and a comprehensive benefit package

MHP application and background check required

Purpose:  

To coordinate MESA’s prevention education and awareness-raising efforts

Job Summary:  

This position is responsible for the development and implementation of MESA’s comprehensive social marketing strategy.

Essential Functions:

  • Develop and implement community- based programs for the primary prevention of sexual violence
  • Develop and implement prevention education presentations, workshops and trainings on the topics of sexual assault, sexual harassment, gender oppression, healthy relationships and related issues
  • Conduct outreach with organizations, community groups and other agencies to provide education on the topics of sexual violence, oppression and their prevention
  • Develop and implement relevant curricula, training materials, and presentation evaluation tools
  • Collaborate with Client Services team to develop and update volunteer training materials, manuals, handouts and brochures
  • Assist in organizing and facilitating volunteer trainings
  • Participate in relevant community and networking meetings
  • Negotiate all payments for professional trainings, including trade agreements
  • Represent MESA at the Elder Justice Coalition, Trans* Survivor Task Force, and Boulder County Trans* Health initiatives and participate in activities as required
  • Act as a key representative for MESA with the Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) Disabilities grant initiative and participate in activities as requested by the grant administrator
  • Understand and comply with mandatory reporting protocols for youth who disclose experiences of sexual violence
  • Create and coordinate community events for raising awareness during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April)
  • Building and executing social media strategy around MESA’s mission
  • Develop and implement a model for sexual assault prevention/education utilizing social marketing techniques
  • Produce online educational content relative to MESA’s mission such as webinars, memos, videos
  • Generate and share social media content daily that builds meaningful connections between MESA and the community at large
  • Continuously stay abreast of all developments, narratives, and initiatives relevant to MESA’s mission
  • Promote and participate in MESA fundraising efforts and events
  • Solicit in-kind donations from local media/marketing outlets
  • Assist in the planning and coordination of messaging and events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April).
  • Update and maintain MESA website
  • Provide presentations and trainings related to raising awareness about sexual assault and reducing its prevalence
  • Use social media platforms and web-based technology to provide sexual assault prevention education
  • Maintain an active MESA social media identity
  • Other duties, as assigned.

Skills & Requirements

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Communication, Social Work, Education, or related field preferred.
  • Public speaking, training, or teaching experience required
  • Experience in social media marketing or as a digital media specialist preferred
  • Experience utilizing traditional and new media for public service messaging
  • Experience working within collaborations and building community partnerships desirable
  • Experience and knowledge in sexual assault issues preferred
  • Excellent presentation/training skills required

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Must have understanding of issues and dynamics of sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence and other forms of interpersonal violence
  • Knowledge of community resources desirable
  • Demonstrable social networking experience and social analytics tools knowledge
  • Adequate knowledge of web design, web development, conversion rate optimization and search engine optimization
  • Excellent consulting, writing, editing (photo/video/text), presentation and communication skills
  • Strong project management skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team setting
  • Must be competent in working with people of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds
  • Bilingual Spanish speaking preferred

Working Environment:

  • May require some travel throughout Boulder and Broomfield Counties
  • May include some exposure to people in acute distress or crisis
  • Occasional nights and weekends.

Click here to apply.

lucy Brand Clothing Fundraiser Sale Returns this Friday!

Lucy photofacebook-lucy-logo_400x400What: MESA’s lucy brand clothing sale

When: Friday, January 20th from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (while supplies last)

Where: The MESA office located at 1333 Iris, Boulder, CO (Norton Rooms)

 

Come by MESA this Friday to shop for a cause! There is a GREAT selection of lucy active wear on hand that you don’t want to miss out on!

 

Yoga Pants, T-shirts, Long Sleeve Shirts, Shorts, Jackets, Tank Tops- you name it, we have it!

Credit card, cash, or check are accepted.

See you there!

 

For more information, please call 303-443-0400.