Selah Freedom


Selah Freedom exists to end sex trafficking and bring freedom to the exploited.

We are so grateful for each one of our amazing volunteers at Selah Freedom! With your help, we are able to see victims transformed into survivors. Selah Freedom’s volunteers are encouraged to plug in their diverse backgrounds and skill sets, enriching our various programs.

 

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Volunteer News, Trainings and Opportunities

                 Midwest

 
Volunteer Spotlight
 
Meet Bob Grove
 
I began serving at the Selah Freedom house during the last few months before it was opened to the survivors. I was just helping out with various painting and repair projects. When the house was ready for occupancy, I was asked if I would consider staying on as the house handyman. I began serving in that capacity shortly after the house opened in January of 2017. It's hard for me to describe how rewarding the experience has been taking care of repairs and maintenance and interacting with these terrific ladies, both survivors and staff!
 
When I started, I wasn't quite sure what to expect from the survivors. I actually thought that they would run and hide when a man came into the house. But I can tell you that my perception of women involved in sex trafficking has changed radically since interacting with the survivors over the last two years. Before, my impressions of these women came mostly from 70's COP shows on TV. But I found the survivors to be quite different. They are vibrant, warm, wonderful young women no different than any others I have encountered, nothing like my previous impressions. They have welcomed me and shown great appreciation for my efforts. Around the house, I became known as "Mr. Bob"!
 
I thank Selah Freedom for the opportunity to serve there.
 
Thank you, Bob, for all you do!
 
 
Join Us For Rock the Boat!
 
Click HERE To Buy Tickets
 
Sponsorship Opportunities Available
 
Click HERE To Register As A Sponsor
 
Immediate Needs - How You Can Help
 
Here are great ways that you can get involved right now.
We are so grateful for the support of our volunteers. Please feel free to share these needs with your circle of influence.
 
We are grateful for the donation of any items on this list in any quantity.
 
  • T-shirts
  • Sports bras
  • Workout leggings
  • Sneakers
  • $5 Gift Cards to Starbucks, McDonald's or Dunkin' Donuts
  • $10 Gift Cards to Panera or Popeye's
  • $25 Gift Cards to Target or Walmart
 
Click to view our registry for a complete list of items needed for Survivor Totes, Outreach and Prevention Program group supplies, Art Therapy supplies, Education supplies and more.
 
Contact Lisa.E@SelahFreedom.com to arrange donation drop off and for additional details.
 
 
Sign Up For Volunteer Opportunities
 
Click the link below to view all of our Residential volunteer opportunities. To claim a time slot, simply click and enter your contact information. We will send a follow-up email to confirm the time slot and any necessary details. 
 
Please note that you must have completed all required trainings to receive confirmation for a time slot.
 
 
Please contact Jessica Wood with any questions.
 
 
Upcoming Trainings
 
Care Team Training
The Care Team Training prepares you to work directly with survivors in our Residential program and is a vital aspect of Selah Freedom. Our Residential staff will set you up for success so you are equipped to empower survivors and bring your passions and skills to Residential programming!
 
Tuesday, October 8th
6:30-7:45 p.m.
Willow Creek North Shore Campus
 
Please RSVP to Jessica Wood if you are interested in attending!
 
 
CSEC 101 Training
Led by our expert staff, the CSEC 101 course gives an in depth look at the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC), designed to help participants better understand this issue and modern day slavery as a whole. This course covers Federal and State laws, the role of vulnerability, the common recruitment tactics of traffickers and how demand drives this illicit business. Specialized training is available for law enforcement, medical staff and educators. CEU credit may be available to certain professions in IL and nationwide to all nurses. All Selah Freedom volunteers are required to complete this training. 
 
Click HERE to view the training online.
You will need your Better Impact login information to view this training. Need help resetting your login information? Watch our video tutorial HERE.
 
 
Core Values Training
Core Values Training is important for all volunteers to complete so we can provide a strong and united support for survivors. This training is led by Laurie Swink, Co-Founder of Selah Freedom and
Chief Culture Officer. All Selah Freedom volunteers are required to complete this training.
 
Click HERE to view this training online.
You will need your Better Impact login information to view this training. Need help resetting your login information? Watch our video tutorial HERE.
 
 
Join Our Midwest Volunteer Facebook Group
Join our new Facebook Group! Search Selah Freedom Midwest Volunteers and request to join the group. 
 
This is a great place to connect with other volunteers, share about your favorite aspects of volunteering, and learn about new volunteer opportunities.
 
 


                Southeast

Volunteer Spotlight
 
Meet Stacey Allerton
 
I have been volunteering with Selah since the beginning of 2018. What a rewarding and exciting opportunity it is to be a Selah volunteer and to have the opportunity to connect with incredible women and a worthwhile organization!
 
I started my volunteer experience at the residential house, doing projects with our survivors. Since then, my volunteering has grown to include mentoring a wonderful young woman, facilitating self-esteem sessions at the Sarasota County Jail through our outreach program, and working with other volunteers to create an Employment Empowerment workshop series that will hone survivors' career and job search skills.
 
I believe it is truly an honor and a privilege to be part of the lives of our survivors and to be connected with the work of an organization that can so powerfully impact the lives of others. I've met the most amazing people at Selah--- staff, other volunteers, and the survivors themselves.
 
Thank you, Stacey, for all you do!
 
 
Employment Partnership Connections
 
Selah Freedom works with our survivors to empower and prepare them for success as they step forward into a new job/career path. 
 
At the onset of this journey, we carefully select and partner with businesses who can provide a safe environment, provide flexibility, and operate with core values comparable to those of Selah Freedom. A survivor is initially eligible to work 15-20 hours and then may gradually increase her hours. 
 
We would love to get your help in identifying potential employment partnerships for survivors that match their career aspirations and talents.
 
Presently, we are seeking employment partners in the technical area of machining or manufacturing and medical coding/billing.
 
If you have a relationship with a business located in the North Sarasota/Manatee area that you believe meets the above criteria, please reach out to leslie@selahfreedom.com. Our Employment Empowerment team will do the rest.
 
Thank you in advance for your assistance and collaboration!
 
Join us for Rock the Boat!
 
Click HERE To Buy Tickets
Sign Up for Volunteer Activities
 
Click the links below to view our upcoming volunteer opportunities. To claim a time slot, simply click and enter your contact information. We will send a follow-up email to confirm the time slot and any necessary details. 
 
Please note that you must have completed all required trainings to receive confirmation for a time slot.
 
You can access these links on an ongoing basis through volunteer newsletters and on the homepage of www.MyVolunteerPage.com.
 
 
 
 
 
Please contact Jessica Wood with any questions. 
 
Immediate Needs - How You Can Help Now
 
Here are great ways that you can get involved right now!
We are so grateful for the support of our volunteers. Please feel free to share these needs with your circle of influence.
 
We are grateful for the donation of any items on this list in any quantity.
 
  • Laundry baskets
  • Sunglasses
  • One-piece bathing suits
  • Large beach umbrella
  • Sneakers
  • Cotton bikini style underwear (size M-XL)
  • White 1" 3-ring binders
  • Water bottles
  • Publix or Visa gift cards for new volunteer pizza nights at the Residential House
 
Please contact Volunteer@SelahFreedom.com to arrange donation drop off and for additional details.
 
 
 
Our Selah Vie Boutique has transitioned to a national partnership with Fifi's Consignment to specialize in upscale, designer brands, jewelry, accessories, and beautiful home furnishings. Our Selah Vie Boutique location, previously off Fruitville Rd., is now closed.
 
All donations may be dropped off at any of Fifi's convenient locations. If you have any donations for Outreach purposes, please contact Volunteer@SelahFreedom.com to arrange a time and location for drop off.
 
Click here to find the nearest Fifi's location!
 
Upcoming Trainings
 
Care Team Training
The Care Team Training prepares you to work directly with survivors in our Residential program and is a vital aspect of Selah Freedom. Our Residential staff will set you up for success so you are equipped to empower survivors and bring your passions and skills to Residential programming!
 
Thursday, September 12th
4:30-5:45 p.m.
Julie's Place
 
Please RSVP to Jessica Wood if you are interested in attending!
 
 
CSEC 101 Training
Led by our expert staff, the CSEC 101 course gives an in depth look at the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC), designed to help participants better understand this issue and modern day slavery as a whole. This course covers Federal and State laws, the role of vulnerability, the common recruitment tactics of traffickers and how demand drives this illicit business. All Selah Freedom volunteers are required to complete this training.
 
Click HERE to view the training online.
You will need your Better Impact login information to view this training. Need help resetting your login information? Watch our video tutorial HERE.
 
 
Core Values Training
Core Value Training is important for all volunteers to complete so we can provide a strong and united support for survivors. This training is led by Laurie Swink, Co-Founder of Selah Freedom and Chief Culture Officer. All Selah Freedom volunteers are required to complete this training. 
 
Click HERE to view this training online.
You will need your Better Impact login information to view this training. Need help resetting your login information? Watch our video tutorial HERE.
 
Join Our Volunteer Facebook Group
 
 
Join our new Facebook Group! Simply search for Selah Freedom Southeast Volunteers on 
Facebook and request to join the group. 
 
This is a great place to connect with other volunteers, share about your favorite aspects of volunteering, and learn about new volunteer opportunities.