There are many ways you can get involved. As a government-funded, non-profit organization, we rely significantly on the support and advocacy of the general public. Without it, our ability to provide the highest quality care to the people who are left behind to mourn the loss of their loved one is reduced.
Below are some of the most effective ways to support our work and make a difference in the lives of families who are missing their loved ones:
Add Us to Your Resource List
The more outreach programs refer family members to us, the more we can connect with families who are grieving and begin the process of support and healing. By adding our contact info to your website, brochures, and community resource lists, you are increasing our visibility and helping families in need discover who we are.
Participate in Victims and Survivors of Crime Week
Victims and Survivors of Crime Week takes place across Canada in late May. This week serves as an opportunity to recognize the challenges victims and survivors of crime face, and to advocate for the supports that are needed.
By hosting an event or activity during Victims and Survivors of Crime Week you can:
- Give a more effective voice to victims and survivors of crime and their families
- Raise awareness about the important role victims and survivors of crime have in the criminal justice system
- Call attention to the services and assistance available to victims and survivors of crime and their families in your community
- Encourage idea-sharing and networking within your community and among victim support services
- Celebrate and recognize those who support victims and survivors of crime and their families
- Recruit volunteers
- Raise funds for organizations that serve victims and survivors of crime
Given the sensitive and confidential nature of our work, volunteer opportunities are often limited. However, if you are interested in supporting KARE Victim Services, you can always reach out to us. Upon contact, we will work with you to determine if there are any openings that would be a match for your interests and skill sets.
Before inquiring about volunteer opportunities, we encourage all interested applicants to be sure they meet the following requirements:
- Police Enhanced Security Clearance
- Ability to manage one’s own emotions during high stress situations
- Maintain confidentiality in accordance with program policy
- Excellent communication skills
- Attend al mandatory training sessions
- Desire to assist victims of crime and tragedy in your community
- 18 years or older
- Canadian Citizen/Landed Immigrant
- Valid driver’s license (mandatory in most areas but not all)
Financial support is one of the most valuable ways to help us reduce the traumatic impact of violent crimes. Your generous contribution allows us to provide ongoing support, information and referrals to families and loved ones of murdered and missing persons. It also allows us to support other Victim Services Units that are not equipped to deal with serious crime matters.
Essentially, you help us extend our reach and touch the lives of more people who are feeling sadness, despair, grief, anger, stress, and an endless array of other difficult emotions due to the loss of their loved one.
With your support, we have more to offer. And when we have more to offer, the families of violent crime victims have more to gain.
You can also reach out to us via phone for more information.
Call us or email us for help now!