I began volunteering with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. in June of 2013 after moving to San Francisco a few months prior. A classmate in my Grad School program mentioned she was doing volunteer work with the organization and had really wonderful things to say, so I was excited to find a way to get involved also!
2) What inspired you to do anti-violence work?
I’ve always been really drawn to this type of work and organization. I think women’s rights have come a long way certainly, but the rates of sexual violence against women and the fact that a woman is statistically much more likely to be killed by an intimate partner than a stranger shows that there is still tremendous work to be done to create a safer and more just society for women.
3) What kind of opportunities have you been involved with here?
I have primarily been doing development work- so processing donations, sending donor thank you’s, working on orientation materials, registering mailing list subscribers and lots of random odd jobs.
4) How has your involvement impacted your life?
I feel really good knowing that the work that I do, while removed from the specific core work of W.O.M.A.N., Inc., is doing something useful for an organization that does so much to give back to the community. It helps me feel I am part of something good, which has a really positive impact on how I feel about myself.
5) What pieces of wisdom would you share with new volunteers or community members who are interested in supporting W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?
Do it! It’s amazing how little, ultimately, it takes to have an impact. If we all just give a little of our time and resources-a few hours a week or dollars a month- it quickly adds up and really contributes to the bettering of our society and community in a general sense and can have a tremendous impact for individuals in a very concrete way.