Five Ways Interning at SURVIVORS Changed Me

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These past months with SURVIVORS has been an invaluable experience enriched by new lessons learnt, new skills and a better understanding of who I am and who I want to become. As the Community Relations intern, I assisted with the advocacy and outreach programs of the organization.  I also acted as the volunteer coordinator for the Annual Helping Survivors Heal …

The Value of Volunteering

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By Katherina Todisco, Community Relations Intern Survivors of Torture, International offers diverse volunteer opportunities to help our community of survivors. We are always seeking new volunteers willing to be part of our family at SURVIVORS. The work of our volunteers is extremely valuable for our organization and it would not be possible to do the work that we do without …

Seeking Dentists (pro-bono or reduced fee)

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SURVIVORS is in need of dentists on a volunteer or reduced fee schedule.     Licensed dental volunteers are greatly needed to accept clients into their practice either pro bono or on a greatly reduced fee schedule. Dental services requested may include teeth cleaning, x-rays, fillings, extractions, denture fittings, or even more extensive dental work (including root canals, crowns, tooth removal, …

Help SURVIVORS become more resilient by donating emergency supplies

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Guest blog post by SURVIVORS’ AmeriCorps Fellow, Hannah Senninger Help SURVIVORS become more resilient by donating supplies today!              From the Northern California wildfires which have burned over 215,000 acres, to the hurricanes in Texas and the Bahamas which destroyed thousands of homes and has left Puerto Rico and other small islands in crisis, to …

Reflections from a Former Intern

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by Andrew Worth, ISCOR intern 2014 Before I began my first internship with Survivors of Torture, International I did not fully understand just how many survivors of torture resided in the San Diego region. During the time of my internship I was a student of the International Security and Conflict Resolution program at San Diego State University, and like most …

Client Non-Perishable Food Wish List

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SURVIVORS’ clients have expressed much appreciation for the non-perishable food items available in our kitchen for the past few months. Some asylum seeking clients are here for long hours for a psychological or medical evaluation, many clients stay in the office between appointments and group therapy, and clients often come just to be in a place where they feel safe. They love having food …

Volunteer Spotlight: Sandy Fernandez

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SURVIVORS works extensively with volunteers to maximize funding and services to clients. From 2012 – 2015 we had over 400 short-term and long-term volunteers including 33 dedicated long-term administrative and program support volunteers who, together, contributed approximately 48 hours per month for a total of 1,728 hours during the past three years. Activities ranged from newsletter folding, to hygiene drives, …

Volunteer Spotlight: Taylor Zerby

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SURVIVORS works extensively with volunteers to maximize funding and services to clients. From 2012 – 2015 we had over 400 short-term and long-term volunteers including 33 dedicated long-term administrative and program support volunteers who, together, contributed approximately 48 hours per month for a total of 1,728 hours during the past three years. Activities ranged from newsletter folding, to hygiene drives, …

Volunteer Spotlight: Jourdan Chapman

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SURVIVORS works extensively with volunteers to maximize funding and services to clients. From 2012 – 2015 we had over 400 short-term and long-term volunteers including 33 dedicated long-term administrative and program support volunteers who, together, contributed approximately 48 hours per month for a total of 1,728 hours during the past three years. Activities ranged from newsletter folding, to hygiene drives, to befrienders, …