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Meet the front-desk crew!

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Volunteer Appreciation Party, March 2014

Meet our current group of front desk volunteers! After this winter’s 30-hour training, we’re up to sixteen wonderful people who are on the desk once a month or more at our main offices. Volunteers commit to one year with us, but in our third year running this program, we still have folks from our first ever front desk volunteer training working with us. We rely on these volunteers to give our Office Coordinators time off the desk: to supervise their colleagues, go to committee meetings, do community outreach and advocacy work, or take a day off. Front desk volunteers also support our programs in many different ways. Not only do they take on projects like funding research, calendar maintenance, and resource preparation, they also provide front-line support as part of our Information & Referral program. We love our front desk folks, and couldn’t do what we do without them!

Why I commit: Angie

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“As a gal who grew up with a rough childhood, it kills me knowing how it feels to be lost and judged when you ask for help. If my bit helps one teen avoid having to figure it out alone, words cannot express how relieved I am to know they might be ok.” – Angie

Monthly donor Angie first found out about H&H in 2003 when she saw a sign in the window at our former home across from Girourd Park. After reading up on us, she promised herself she’d get involved, and that day came when Angie participated in a Zombie walk, where a group of undead supporters lurched their way around town to raise funds for H&H! Since then, Angie not only got involved as a monthly, but also organized a zombie-themed bowling fundraiser for us (!!) and regularly volunteers as an event photographer! And as a small piece of trivia, Angie is the only monthly who literally brings us her donation in person each-month. How’s that for community-based funding?!

Name: Angie Radczenko

Monthly since: June 2013

I fill my days with: I work full-time as a studio framing assistant, but my passion outside work is horror, photography, nature, astronomy and anything I get creative on!

Is there a particular Head & Hands program that you are passionate about? Off the top of my head it would be Sense, as I learned about sex through TV and my own research. I had no idea what a period was until I saw an episode of Roseanne when I was 14!

As a teenager I was: Messed-up, quite simply. I met good people at 16 (still friends today!), and changed schools (by myself, no easy feat!) due to bullying, and by 17 I started to see it gets easier :)

Top three things you’d want to have with you on a desert island: Nature guides to the region, deluxe Swiss Army knife, and a harmonica. (Did I take this one too literal, hehe?)

On a lazy afternoon I: Roam around the river hunting for critters and talking to strangers

I can’t live without: Oxygen (nuknuk)

My fave book, zine, magazine, blog: That’s a tricky one…I guess anything non-fiction and science/nature related, I’m a learning junkie :)

Want to be like Angie and become a monthly donor? Visit our Monthly giving page, or give Juniper a call at 514-481-0277!

Solidarity through Action: Fundraising Guides

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Jen shows her excitement for the fundraising guide launch.

Jen shows her excitement for the fundraising guide launch.

Over the years, we have been so lucky to benefit from the awesome fundraising support of our community. From cocktails to student bake sales to a little dance party that could, third party fundraisers have a big impact on our budget, and that’s why we’re hoping to make it even easier for people to get involved with our Solidarity through Action fundraising guide!

We’ve created two third-party fundraising guides: one for the general public and one for students and student groups. Click the links to see the full guides.

Public: We often have people asking how they can help out and since we know that each person has something unique to offer, we hope that this guide can be used by anyone and everyone who wants to lend a hand, be more involved with philanthropy, and show their support in their own ways.

Schools and student groups: This guide offers support for any student who wants to hold a fundraiser at their school! Whether you are from a high-school, CEGEP, university, or other school-setting, we encourage all students to get involved and become advocates for youth services!

We can’t express enough how important peer-to-peer fundraisers are to us, especially the volunteers who organize them! When Head & Hands supporters take the time to put together an event for the benefit of other youth, to introduce who we are to new communities, to show solidarity  for the services we offer and for making sure youth have the support they deserve, we fall in love with this work all over again. We hope that this guide will make it even easier for you to get involved, and we hope to hear from you soon!

Speaking of Solidarity through Action, the guides were designed by local youth, Katelyn Bishop.  How could it get any better?

Join our Board!

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Become a member of our Board of Directors! Support our organization and community!

The Opportunity:

Head & Hands is currently looking for motivated, passionate people to run for election to our Board of Directors. Applications are due April 29th at 6pm.

Who we are looking for:

We encourage all applications to our Board, and seek to create a balanced group to reflect the skills and priorities of our community. Head & Hands welcomes the unique contributions that youth (25 and under) and individuals from marginalized and oppressed communities bring to our organization, and invites these individuals to apply. We encourage applicants to describe the unique contributions they, as individuals with diverse experiences, would bring to Head & Hands in their cover letter.

Requirements:

  • Commitment to social justice and to our mission
  • Willingness to participate in fundraising activities in a collaborative context
  • Desire to work with a diversity of people on common goals
  • Available for monthly evening Board meetings and ongoing committee work (total time commitment is approximately 8-10 hrs/month)

Interested? Find out how to apply here!!

To support us in carrying out our mission, we feel it’s important for the Head & Hands Board to be strong and diverse in terms of skills, connections to programming, and connections to client communities.  Having analyzed the balance of these qualities on our current Board, and asked ourselves which missing qualities would be most valuable to us, we have produced the following diagrams to share our perspective with the broader membership.

To support us in carrying out our mission, we feel it’s important for the Head & Hands Board to be strong and diverse in terms of skills, connections to programming, and connections to client communities. Having analyzed the balance of these qualities on our current Board, and asked ourselves which missing qualities would be most valuable to us, we have produced these diagrams to share our perspective with the broader membership.

Volunteers, You’re Invited!

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Volunteers eat, drink, and hang while watching the slide show at last year's VAP.

Volunteers eat, drink, and hang while watching the slide show at last year’s VAP.

At Head & Hands, we rely on volunteers to do what we do. Volunteers coach basketball at J2K, tutor students at the main offices, provide childcare at the Young Parents Program, work at the front desk, help plan and pull off Faggity Ass Fridays every month, translate blog posts like this one, keep score at SERVE, file financial records, and serve on our Board of Directors. WHEW, that’s a lot! Last year, 308 volunteers gave more than 9000 hours of their time to Head & Hands, and we think y’all deserve a huge thank you in the form of a party! An awesome party!

If you’ve volunteered with us in the past year, you’re invited to our annual Volunteer Appreciation Party, where we will celebrate you with food, drinks, and amazing raffle prizes! This year will also feature a photo booth and karaoke for all of our entertainment. This evening of awesome will take place on March 15th from 7:00 – 10:00 pm! To find out where, please RSVP to the program coordinator with whom you volunteered by March 10th.

Accessibility information: wheelchair accessible with automatic door and elevator. There is a wheelchair accessible, single-stall bathroom on the same floor as the event. Please let us know if you require childcare or have any other accessibility requests by emailing Juniper at membres@headandhands.ca by March 10th!

New Volunteers on the Front Desk!

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Intern Émilie and volunteer ZaZa reorganize our zine library. Check it out next time you’re in!

We are so excited to welcome six awesome new front desk volunteers to Head & Hands! This group completed a thirty-hour training in February, where they learned about our approach and protocols through workshops and roleplays, and got to know most members of the H&H team. Huge thanks to intern Émilie, whose (often hilarious) contributions to the coordination and facilitation of this training were invaluable.

Volunteers will take on regular shifts each month, during which they’ll help keep our pamphlets stocked, our resources up-to-date, and our offices comfortable and welcoming for clients, while providing information, referrals, and support to those who call or walk through our doors. Their volunteer shifts also provide time off the front desk for our Info & Referral Coordinators, so they can carry out collective duties like committee work and peer-to-peer supervision, and create space for program visioning and coordination. This is the second year we’ve offered this volunteer opportunity, and we’re so excited to see what unfolds with this group over the next year!

Volunteer Opportunity: Front Desk

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We are looking for committed, open-minded and enthusiastic volunteers whose actions, mindset, and temperament parallel the non-judgmental, anti-oppressive, and empowering fundamentals of Head & Hands.

These volunteers will replace at the front desk (approximately one to three shifts per month), which involves directing clients to the appropriate Head & Hands service, providing referrals and information about other Montréal organizations, and acting as first responder to clients in need of support.

Training will include a variety of workshops aimed at introducing you to Head & Hands’ diverse clientele and different approaches to meet their needs.

Ideal applicants will meet the following criteria:

  • Age 17 years or older
  • Able to commit to 12 months of volunteering
  • Able to commit to 5 to 20 hours a month of volunteering
  • Monday-Friday daytime or evening availability
  • Fluency in English and spoken French
  • Available for training sessions at the following dates in 2013:
Monday 21 January, 6:00 - 9:00 pmWednesday 23 January, 6:00 - 9:00 pmSaturday 26 January, 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Monday 28 January, 6:00 - 9:00 pmWednesday 30 January, 6:00 - 9:00 pmSaturday 2 February, 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Monday 4 February, 6:00 - 9:00 pmWednesday 6 February, 6:00 - 9:00 pmSaturday 9 February, 12:00 - 4:00 pm

If you meet the above criteria and are interested in being part of our team, please complete the volunteer application form and send to Hannah at info@headandhands.ca by 5 December 2012.

If you have any questions please feel free to email, or call at (514) 481-0277!

Ça Marche 2012: The Movie

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In classic Head & Hands fashion, we present our annual Ça Marche dance video for your viewing pleasure!

If you helped us reach our Ça Marche goal this year by giving your time, money, or your moves…well, this one’s for you!

Special thanks to Carol Fernandes and Jess Lee, the super-star volunteers who filmed and edited and made this video as glorious as it is! And to our dancers…we couldn’t do it without you!

Welcome (back) Sensies!

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Class photo, 2012-2013 animators / Photo de classe, animateurs-trices de l’année 2012-2013

We are so excited to have 18 new and returning Sense animators! Sensies are the bedrock of our peer-to-peer sex education program. After 30 hours of training in fall, they spend the academic year pairing up and going into high schools across Montreal to give holistic, non-judgemental, and youth-centred workshops on safer sex.

This was Health Educator Gabrielle’s first time running training since being hired in May, and it was her co-coordinator Robin’s first time, too! Embracing the spirit of newness and change, they took this opportunity to revisit the training manual and workshop offerings. Traditionally three workshops, the standard Sense series is expanding to include a fourth workshop, which will be piloted in some schools in the next couple months!

Animators this year also delved deep into the Head & Hands approach, discussing and reflecting on sexuality from many different perspectives, thanks to the many external facilitators to contributed to training. Some things never change, though: as always, one favorite part of training was the food! Delicious eats were contributed by a number of Montreal locals, including Cafe Touski, Burritoville, Upstairs Jazz Bar, Nouveau Palais, The People’s Potato, and Midnight Kitchen.

As always, we invite YOUR school or community group to get in touch about booking workshops! We can do them in English or in French, and can provide harm reductive, non-judgemental drug education workshops in addition to our sex ed offerings. If we don’t already have a workshop or presentation that fits the bill, we can often create one that meets your health or sexuality needs! Just email Gabrielle at healthed@headandhands.ca.

Dancing to glory! 2012 Ça Marche campaign raises more than ever!

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Groups of passionate people can achieve great things, so when we called on our community to help us raise $15 000 for our youth health services and sex education program as part of Ça Marche this year, we felt like we would give it our best shot.

But when all was said and done this Sunday, we were floored by the amazingness of our community. The results of this year’s Ça Marche campaign were astounding:

  • More than $20,300 raised for our youth health services and peer-based health education project
  • 46 people fundraised on behalf of Head & Hands
  • 368 community members donated to our cause
  • And one amazing troupe danced 7km in fierce glory to celebrate the joys of HIV care, prevention, and education with youth!

This year, more than ever, Ça Marche reminded us that we are nestled in a supportive and strong community that will ensure that Montreal youth have access to the health care and information that they need. We are especially grateful to our top fundraiser Ren who raised over $1,500; to Gregory, a new Sense animator who brought in a whopping 26 donors; and Tanya, who dressed in a cat suit to inspire her community to give. These star fundraisers will be rewarded with the Diner’s Delight top prize, cheffed by our haute-cuisine inspired fundraising team.

Big ups to all of our fundraisers, our dancers, walkers and banner carriers, choreographer Claire Lyke of Studio des Bêtes Dansantes, DJs Tamika and Nino Brown, photographer Chase Moser, videographers Carol Fernandes and Jess Lee, and of course to the Farha Foundation, who continues to lead the fight against HIV and AIDs in Quebec.

We can’t wait ‘til next year!