24-Hour Crisis Hotline Advocate

Hearing understanding and supportive words after disclosing an assault can make all the difference in a survivor’s path to healing. You can be a voice of hope by becoming a hotline advocate for SASO.


As an advocate you provide:


•Local emotional support information

•Support at the hospital, court & with law enforcement

•Complete confidentiality

•Access to resources

•Empowerment & healing


SASO provides a free 30 hour hotline training every Spring and Fall.


If you are interested in becoming a hotline advocate contact SASO's Volunteer Advocacy Coordinator, Mara Dan-Weber at mara@durangosaso.org 

Volunteer Opportunities

24/7 Crisis Hotline

Prevention/Education Programs

"Knowing that I can positively impact the life of someone in need is a reward beyond words.

-Erin, Hotline Advocate 

Child Assault Prevention Program (CAPP)

Empowering youth is one way to help prevent sexual abuse. Join us in teaching elementary aged children about their rights to remain "Safe, Strong, and Free!"


As a CAPP volunteer you:    


•Perform role-plays in classrooms

•Show children how to stand up for their rights against unsafe adults and bullies

•Interact with children and other volunteers

•Assist with classroom management

3 hours of free training provided by SASO. Training offered annually in the fall. Please check with staff for training/event dates.

2018 SASO Hotline Volunteers

Bystander Intervention Volunteer

Inspire middle and high school youth and collage students to change the culture that tolerates sexual violence and oppression.


As a volunteer you will: 


• Educate students about sexual harassment and sexual assault

• Facilitate dialogues with groups

• Teach youth to be effective bystanders that intervene in situations that could lead to sexual violence

10 hours of free training provided by SASO. Training offered annually in the fall. 


If you are interested in volunteering for our CAPP or Bystander programs please contact SASO's volunteer coordinator at mara@durangosaso.org


"Volunteering for SASO has been a powerful way for me to help myself and others move through the pain and suffering, towards healing and wholeness"

- Tim, Bystander Volunteer


First Responder Training

An educational opportunity open to everyone interested in learning the realities of sexual assault used as a tool for multiple oppressions, how to work towards preventing it, and how to help someone who has experienced sexual assault (7 hours).  For more information, go to the First Responder/Ayuda page.

Council on Sexual Violence Prevention

The goal of the CSVP is to guide violence prevention programming for groups in La Plata County by assessing needs, evaluating programs, raising awareness, providing advocacy and developing leadership. This council hopes to become a model for:


• Reducing sexual violence in our community

• Increasing awareness of individual and social impacts of sexual violence

• Providing support necessary for empowerment of those directly affected by sexual violence

Board of Directors

Become a SASO board member and have a hand in guiding the community wide effort to end sexual violence and oppression. Participate in fundraising efforts, marketing, and networking to continue to expand the SASO family.  If you are interested in becoming a board member, contact Executive Director, Maura Doherty-Demko, at maura@durangosaso.org

Short-Term Projects

Do you want to contribute but don’t have time to commit on a regular basis? Here’s how!

• Leadership on Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events

• Help with recruitment efforts (posting flyers, tabling, etc.)

• Clerical office support (newsletter mailings, data entry)

• Organize and/or participate in fundraisers

• You tell us! What skills are you excited to share with SASO?


Other Ways To Help

• Attend a First Responder* training with no further commitment

• Make a tax-deductible donation to make sure SASO can continue to provide much-needed   services

• Speak up when you hear comments or jokes that support sexual violence and oppression

• Donate an item from SASO’s wish list (call to find out what’s on it!)

• Support survivors by not only believing them, but by believing in them

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