AIDS Walk for Life SWITCH Team

Hey SWITCHers,
Are you interested in participating in the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life Saskatoon?
You can join the team, or donate by clicking here and then clicking on “Click here to donate or fundraise now”
To join our team: Look for the Sign up to walk option located in the upper left part of the screen and join the SWITCH
To donate to our team: Click on Sponsor a Team option located in the lower left side of the screen and sponsor SWITCH
If you have any questions contact the team captain Elizabeth Plishka at ezp624@mail.usask.ca
Happy Walking!
The SWITCH Team
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Trouble with SWITCH Scheduler

Hey SWITCHers!

We just wanted to let you all know that many volunteers and mentors are still having troubling logging in to the SWITCH scheduler.  If you are one of those volunteers, don’t worry! You can still sign up for shifts by e-mailing our volunteer coordinator at switchclinic@gmail.com with your name and the shift dates you would like to sign up for!

One of our volunteers said that she had trouble logging into the scheduler using Safari but was able to login without difficulty using Firefox. If you’re unable to login perhaps try again using a different browser.

- the SWITCH team

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School Supplies

Hi SWITCHers,

September is fast approaching and we are looking for donations of school supplies for our clients.  We are in need of everything from the preschool to university level.  Below is a wishlist of items:

  • paper (lined, unlined)
  • pencils, pens, erasers
  • highlighters
  • markers, crayons, pencil crayons
  • backpacks, lunch boxes
  • binders, duotangs, notebooks, dividers, index cards
  • glue sticks
  • scissors
  • calculators
  • staplers
  • rulers
  • geometry sets
  • educational resources
  • etc.

If you have any questions or would like to drop off a donation, please contact Beth at switchprogramcoordinator@gmail.com.

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Decypher Puzzle Challenge!!

SWITCH is excited to announce that it has partnered with Decypher Games. Each week they will post a puzzle challenge on their YouTube page and the first person to solve it will win a $25 donation, which can be given to SWITCH (or other local charities)!

Visit them on YouTube and test your puzzle solving skills for a great cause! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMryPCbUjgxNoIg7tq3my1w

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SWITCH Committees

Hi SWITCHers!

Are you looking to get more involved at SWITCH and contribute to our organization in a different capacity than volunteering on shift?

SWITCH has two committees that are always looking for more people to join.

1. Programming & Special Events Committee:  This committee is responsible for planning and executing all of SWITCH’s community and fundraising events (including our Zombie Run, Halloween Helping Hands, Charity Breakfast, Women’s Pamper Night, and Art Auction).  We also work toward providing clients with new and innovative programming topics.

2. Community Outreach Committee: This committee is responsible for representing SWITCH at community events/activities to increase awareness of our organization.  We also strive to create new relationships with other like-minded organizations in the city and strengthen our existing partnerships.

If you would like more information about either of these committees or are interested in joining one, please contact our Program Coordinator at switchprogramcoordinator@gmail.com

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July 8th Shift

In our endeavour to fight health disparity in Saskatoon, SWITCH has decided to run a special clinic this upcoming Wednesday, July 8th. From 5:30PM – 8:00PM we will be offering gynecology and pediatric services. This is in addition to our normal social work, family physician, pharmacy, physical therapy, and chiropractic services offered on that day. We hope that evacuees from Northern Saskatchewan will be able to utilize these services on that day, reducing barriers related to access to health care services.

If you know of anyone who may be able to utilize these services please send them to SWITCH on July 8th.

Also: we could use more SWITCH clinical students on that day. If you are a current SWITCH volunteer with clinical insurance who would like to volunteer on the clinical team that day, please sign up or e-mail Mike at switchclinic@gmail.com.

Best,

The SWITCH team

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Community Dinner – May 27th

Hi SWITCHers,

We will be having a Community Dinner on Wednesday, May 27th from 6:00-8:00pm at SWITCH!  Sign up on the scheduler to help out with the event.

If you would like to bring a salad or dessert, please contact Danielle at djs552@mail.usask.ca

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Childcare Mentor

Hi SWITCHers,

We are looking for a new childcare mentor to join our team!  We would like the individual to be available over the summer If anyone is interested or would like more information about the position, please email Beth at switchprogramcoordinator@gmail.com

- The SWITCH Team

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YXE People Connect: Volunteers Needed

Hi SWITCHers,

Are you looking for a fantastic volunteer opportunity and wanting to get more involved in the community?  If yes, then keep reading!!

The Saskatoon community is excited to host the first annual “YXE People Connect” event on May 4th, 2015 from 11:00am – 7:00pm at the White Buffalo Youth Lodge and City Centre Church. This is an event that brings together community agencies, companies, and service providers to deliver housing supports, health care, and on-site services to those who may be facing housing instability, homelessness, or who may be at risk of homelessness.

YXE People Connects is a great event and needs people like you to help the day run smoothly! There are four different time slots to sign up for as a volunteer 9:00am-12:00pm, 11:00am-2:00pm, 2:00-5:00pm, and 5:00-8:00pm. You can sign up for one, or all of them.

We are especially in need of volunteers for the 5:00-8:00pm time slot. This is a great opportunity for people who still want to help out, but can’t come out until after work. Please sign up!

We are also short of “Greeters/Guides” throughout the day. This volunteer position includes welcoming guests and directing them to the different services offered. If you are interested in this volunteer position, make sure to indicate it on the volunteer survey when you sign up. Please “like” our Facebook page to keep up to date on volunteer information and “share” our posts to get the word out as we need many volunteers for such an impactful event.

Click the link below to sign up: https://www.picatic.com/YXEPeopleConnect2015/

For more information, email Beth at switchprogramcoordinator@gmail.com

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Educational Information Sessions for Volunteers

Hi SWITCHers,

We are hoping to reinstate one-hour long educational information sessions for our volunteers and we want your feedback!  Is this something you would be interested in?  In the past, we have had sessions on topics including HIV and Hep C supports, Methadone Assisted Recovery programs, trauma, suicide, the Recovery Model of Mental Health, cultural sensitivity, yoga and the 12 steps, bipolar, domestic violence, sexual assault, schizophrenia, speaking Cree, and more!  We are also more than happy to incorporate your suggestions into the session topics.

Would you prefer having the educational sessions scheduled from 4-5pm or 3-4pm on Mondays and Wednesdays?   Is there another time or day that you would prefer?  These information sessions would be separate on the scheduler from the regular SWITCH shifts.

Please send any suggestions or comments to Beth at switchprogramcoordinator@gmail.com

Thanks in advance for your feedback!!

- The SWITCH Team

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