Without volunteers, there would be no Event: PreHeat or AfterBurn. Did you know that the number of tickets available is not dependent on the size of the venue, but is determined by the number of volunteers who sign up for shifts before the gate opens?
Volunteering is not only one of our principles but is also crucial to the success of our events (ie: Burns – PreHeat & AfterBurn) and the organization (Burnt Oranges, Inc.). As a new objective to be more proactive in volunteer recruitment, we are implementing this form to learn more about your interests, skills and preferences.
Please complete the form here and a team lead or volunteer coordinator will contact you to sign you up for your shifts.
You are appreciated!
Volunteer Resources & Team Leads
There’s a volunteer role to appeal to everyone. Here’s a quick reference guide to PreHeat and AfterBurn departments:
-Provides a supportive space for guests undergoing difficult psychedelic experiences or other psychological emergencies in order to help turn those experiences into opportunities for learning and personal growth, and to reduce the number of drug related psychiatric hospitalizations; Together we create an environment where we work alongside one another to improve their harm reduction skills and receive training and feedback.
The following are descriptions of the shifts.
The Sitter’s main responsibility is to assist Guests in Sanctuary. The Sitter should strive to be a calm and helpful presence. When staffing permits, ideally we will assign a male/female co-therapist team for each Guest. Many Guests that arrive in Sanctuary are NOT undergoing a psychedelic experience, but it is not always clear. It is important to treat all Guests with the same respect, kindness, and helpfulness—whether they have arrived because they are tired, lost, cold, having relationship problems, off their medications, or undergoing a psychedelic experience. It is not the Sitter’s job to distract a visitor who is undergoing a psychedelic emergency, but instead to hold a safe space for them to allow their experience to unfold. The Sitter should utilize any skills that they feel comfortable using in helping their Guests to feel safe to explore their experience. The Sitter is encouraged to call upon another Sitter or the Sanctuary Lead if they feel that additional assistance or a second opinion is useful in serving the Guest. The Sitter should consult with the Sanctuary Lead if there is any question of a Guest having a true medical emergency or a mental illness requiring outside assistance.
• Maintain a calm, compassionate, and loving presence.
• Attend to Guest’s physical needs for comfort and warmth; e.g. blankets, water, food, a hug, etc.
• Attend to Guest’s psychological needs by listening, reminding them that they are in a safe space, and encouraging them to go into their experience
• Conduct yourself in accordance with the principals of harm reduction that are provided in this manual and will be expanded upon in the training. If a visitor is believed to be experiencing a true medical emergency, the Sitter should tell the Sanctuary Lead and radio medical.
Lime Spot Ranger provide crisis peer counseling for participants who do not require medical care, and who present with minor mental health issues. This short-term peer counselling (a solid dose of “time and kindness”) usually takes place in the field, but may include taking participants to a community resource known to be quiet and calm such as Sanctuary or another quiet, safe environment used to re-acclimate participants before they return to or leave the event. Provide Lime Spot Ranger assistance to a Ranger team as well as perform normal Ranger duties. Evaluate potential participants for Sanctuary, provide rapid response to Lime Spot Ranger situations in the field. Educate and inform participants about Sanctuary and Psychedelic harm reduction. Serve as a mobile Sanctuary and provide transportation to and from Sanctuary (if vehicle is available) Prerequisites- you must have completed ranger training as well as completed your Alpha shift Walk a Dirt Ranger shift with a non-Lime Dot Ranger or Ranger team, Providing Lime dot evaluation and support to the city streets.
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