Social Venture Partners Waterloo Region (SVPWR) is celebrating a new partnership with our tenth investee charity: Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region (SASC).
SASC was founded in 1989 with an anonymous gift of $1000 and the tireless work of 25 volunteers who started a 24-hour support line for survivors of sexual violence. SASC has since grown to a staff of 20 and 65 volunteers who provide individual and group counselling, advocacy and education programs, and a dedicated Anti-Human Trafficking program, along with the support line.
Sara Casselman, SASC’s Executive Director, shares:
“In the post-#MeToo Era, survivors of sexual violence are reaching out to us at unprecedented levels, and numbers are rising further still with COVID-19. We’ve been growing to meet the demand, however requests for support have outpaced us.
SVP’s investment in SASC will be transformational, helping us grow our capacity and community engagement, ensuring no survivor has to wait for support when they reach out. We’re excited to work alongside the partners at SVP; their expertise, creativity, and connections are exactly what SASC needs to move forward in service to our community in this new era.”
Rose Greensides, SVPWR’s Executive Director, adds:
“We build a new kind of relationship between charities and funders, not least by asking the organizations we work with to share where they need help. That’s not usually something easily shared with funders, but it encourages transparency and growth. I am proud to work with SASC as our newest Investee. We’re committed to strengthening all aspects of the work SASC does, and ultimately, work together towards eliminating the waiting list for their services.”
SVPWR is a registered charity that connects a network of community builders with projects where they use their professional skills to make a significant impact in Waterloo Region’s charitable sector. Our Partners strategically invest in charities to support innovative projects and programs that help our community thrive, turning +$550,000 of grant funding into $3.5M+ of support for ten local charities since our launch in 2011.