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Sanctuary offers our Fireflies peer counseling in the event of a non-medically related event or emergency. Sanctuary is a safe, comfortable, and private space for participants that need a caring listener or low stimulus environment. Each participant attends Firefly for fun. We wouldn’t do it if it wasn’t fun, whatever that may mean to each of us. The participants that come to Sanctuary are usually no longer having fun. They are no longer experiencing joy.

Sanctuary is located at the top of the field to the right of the main entrance to the woods on Mercurial Path.

Click here to register to volunteer with Sanctuary for 2018. All volunteers need to register before signing up for a training and selecting shifts.

Sanctuary offers 3 event volunteer roles:

Sanctuary Support: 4 Hour Shifts (2 per shift)

Sanctuary Support volunteers help participants to be grounded again. They engage with participants when they need someone to talk to, need assistance with emotional trauma, interpersonal issues, anxiety, triggering of past events or just overwhelmed and overstimulated by the Firefly experience. Support volunteers help our participants walk through their difficult time. Sanctuary Support volunteers are stationed in the Sanctuary tent where they can be found 24 hours a day.

Sanctuary Supervisor: 6 Hour Shifts (1 per shift)

A Sanctuary Supervisor helps and assists Support volunteers when things get busy or volunteers need other assistance or advice. Supervisors are roaming and on-call. Available for face to face discussions during their shift.

  • 2 years of prior Sanctuary or other Crisis Response experience required.
  • BARCC or equivalent SA training or experience required.

SS 12: 12 Hour Shifts (1 per shift)

A SS 12 Volunteer helps and assists Support Volunteers and Supervisor Volunteers when things get busy or they need other assistance or advice. They are comprised of Co-Leads and experienced Supervisor Volunteers and oversee Sanctuary Operations at Firefly. SS 12 Volunteers are roaming and on-call. Available for face to face discussions during their shift.

  • 2 years of prior Sanctuary or other Crisis response experience required.
  • BARCC or equivalent SA training or experience required.
  • ICS100b certification, 1 year SFTY3rd attendance and understanding of ICS at Firefly or equivalent training. 

Sanctuary is looking for 3 Co-Leads for 2018:

Personnel Co-Lead– Recruiting, Tracking, Scheduling Volunteers
Facility Co-Lead– Budget, Event Materials, Logistics, Set Up / Tear Down
Training Co-Lead– Training materials and events

  • Previous Firefly Sanctuary experience or equivalent experience at other Regional Burn or Burning Man required
  • ICS100b certification, 1 year SFTY3rd attendance and understanding of ICS at Firefly or equivalent training required
  • BARCC trained or equivalent SA training or experience required
  • Willing to be on call for 2-3 12 hour shifts at event overseeing Sanctuary Operations
  • Ability to work with other Co-Leads as a team

For more information about Co-Lead opportunities and role responsibilities, please contact sanctuary@fireflyartscollective.org.

2018 Sanctuary Trainings

Sanctuary volunteers are required to take an updated training every year. There are 2 current trainings offered Sanctuary 101 for Volunteers and Sanctuary 201 for Supervisors. We encourage volunteers take Sanctuary 101 for the first 2 years and take Sanctuary 201 after- even if you do not want to be a Supervisor.

There are three trainings scheduled for 2018:

Boston Pre-Event Training: TBD

Firefly On-Site Training: 
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 @ 3:00pm
Sanctuary (at the top of the field)
We’ll go over everything you need for your Sanctuary shift.

SFTY3rd:
May 11-13, 2018
Scarborough, ME
More Info

Please contact us with any questions, or if you wish to be added to our mailing list, at sanctuary@fireflyartscollective.org

Volunteer Shift Sign Up

Once you have registered for your training session, we will let you know when you can sign up for shifts in the Firefly Volunteer System.

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