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The State of Sanctuary 2019 Address

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The State of Sanctuary 2019

How to Get Involved

Sanctuary is a place for Firefly participants when they are feeling overwhelmed. Sanctuary has helped participants coping with emotional trauma, interpersonal issues, anxiety, and over-stimulation. Throughout the festival there are always two volunteers at Sanctuary and two on call. The volunteers maintain a calm space and offer non-judgmental empathetic listening.

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

To volunteer with sanctuary, first you should sign up for a training. Then we will give your volunteer signup account permission to sign up for a sanctuary shift. See training dates and times below.

Sign up for a training here


Sanctuary offers 3 types of 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.

Subject Matter Expert On Call: 6 Hour Shifts (1 per shift, wandering with a radio)

Most Sanctuary cases are people who are just overwhelmed and want a friendly ear. When more difficult subjects come up (abuse, violence, suicidality) we would like Sanctuary volunteers to be able to call in someone who has background or training in psychology, mental health, social work, or counseling. By putting volunteers with that background on-call we expect that they will spend less time at Sanctuary but their time there will be more impactful.

When you sign up for a Sanctuary training there will be some questions about your prior experience. We will review what you write and email you if we think you would be a good fit for a Subject Matter Expert On Call shift.

Logistics Supervisor On Call: 12 Hour Shifts (1 per shift, wandering with a radio)

Logistics Supervisors will receive special comprehensive training from the Sanctuary Co-Leads to enable them to answer any logistics questions (shift schedules, materials, radios, case forms, policies etc) that come up during their shift. They are not expected to do case work, only to support Sanctuary volunteers. Logistics Supervisors who are on shift at 1 PM will attend the Core Leads meeting at Ranger HQ.

2019 Sanctuary Trainings

To volunteer at Sanctuary, sign up for one the following options and then we will give you access to sign up for a shift at

Option 1:

Democracy Center, Cambridge MA
Wednesday, June 5th
7 PM – 9 PM
Please email if this is the only option that would work for you, and we’ll see if we can figure something out.

Option 2:


Field’s Corner Business Lab, Boston MA
Saturday, June 15th
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Option 3:

YWCA Cambridge
7 Temple St Cambridge, MA 02139
Wednesday, June 19th
7 PM – 9 PM

Option 4:

Video conference (we will email you a link)
Thursday, June 20th
7 PM – 9 PM

Option 5:

At Sanctuary, at Firefly
Wednesday, July 3rd
3 PM – 5 PM

Option 6:

At Sanctuary, at Firefly
Thursday, July 4th
3 PM – 5 PM

Accessibility Information of training venues

Democracy Center

The Rosa Parks room where we will have our training is wheelchair accessible, but the bathroom is not. Wheelchair users are welcome to use the accessible restroom at Daedalus while we plan our improvements for bathroom accessibility. To reach that bathroom, exit the ramp and turn left on Bow St, at the next building (Daedalus) use their accessible entrance and their restroom will be on the right. More information at:

Contact or 617 492 8855 as needed

Field’s Corner Business Lab

There is an elevator to get to the 4th floor, and once you are there everything is on one level.
Doorways are “normal” width. There is an accessible bathroom stall.

Accessibility contact: 617-949-0439 on the Signal App or Text, or

YWCA Cambridge

There is an elevator in the lobby of the building that will bring you to the second floor where we are having the training. The YWCA Accessibility Contact you can contact with questions is Whitney Mooney at or  617-491-6050.

Have feedback or ideas for Sanctuary?

We’d love to hear them. Send them to, or even better, fill out this feedback form:

Sanctuary Feedback Form


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