I have been volunteering with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. since the spring of 2012.
What inspired you to do anti-violence work?
My dad was a social worker, which he retired from before beginning work with at-risk youth, which he has since retired from. His empathetic nature and determination to assist the underserved make this type of work natural for me.
What kind of opportunities have you been involved with here?
I have had the opportunity to contribute efforts toward improving and maintaining the Domestic Violence Information and Referral Center (DVIRC). I have also been fortunate enough to offer peer counseling on the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. crisis line.
How has your involvement impacted your life?
The idea that my work is impacting someone’s life in a positive or constructive way has had a profound affect on me. The plight of survivors has been humbling and heartbreaking but being there to support them has encouraged a lot of personal growth.
What pieces of wisdom would you share with new volunteers or community members who are interested in supporting W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?
Helping survivors can be heavy and challenging. Giving your time without seeking acknowledgement or incentive is not always easy but at the end of the day, I have never met an unhappy volunteer. Is it cheesy to quote someone? Well, Margaret Mead was a cultural anthropologist who said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” I think she nailed it.