Annie joined W.O.M.A.N., Inc. in April 2012 and shortly after went through our 40-hour training process. Annie has been a dedicated volunteer in our Children’s Program, our Outreach Program, and our Social Media efforts. She approaches her work here with warmth and humor, and is super reliable and bright. We’re so thankful for all the work she does to coordinate our outreach & community education, to support children of Domestic Violence survivors, and to promote healthy relationships and our services to the community! To learn more about Annie, check out her interview below.
What inspired you to do anti-violence work?
I joined the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. team because, well, I’m a Domestic Violence survivor, and I am lucky to be where I am today thanks to the love and support of others. Now it is my turn to stand up and say no more by giving back. We as a community can have an impact on the cycle of violence, but it takes understanding that one of the steps is to educate our community about why the violence happens. W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is a fantastic group that continues to be solution-oriented in their approach. I consider it an honor to be involved!
What kind of opportunities have you been involved with here?
Currently I work on the Outreach & Social Media teams and also volunteer at our Children’s Group.
How has your involvement impacted your life?
Providing Domestic Violence education to the community and referring those affected to assistance is the most rewarding part of my day. It’s nice to go out into the SF community and hear voices of support at every venue, community fair, and classroom we visit. People are hungry for the knowledge of how to help. That’s both comforting and encouraging. Children’s Group? Come just once. Puts your whole day in perspective.
What pieces of wisdom would you share with new volunteers or community members who are interested in supporting W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?
Since I’ve joined the team, I have to say, I’ve been blessed with the mantra of all advocates: “meet people where they are,” and it has made life, in general, less frustrating. We’re all struggling. Let’s spend more time listening and less time judging. To my fellow volunteers, or to anyone who is considering getting involved in anti-violence work, I have only this advice: Take a deep breath, there is no perfect anything, and you and/or your voice is helping more than you’ll ever know.
Can you share one fun fact about yourself?
I can recite the dialogue from Steel Magnolias, Billy Madison, and Big Trouble in Little China from memory. Oh SHELBY!