Volunteer Highlight: Erin Durkee

Erin Durkee- Volunteer Highlight1) When did you first get involved with W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?
I started volunteering at W.O.M.A.N., Inc. in October 2013.
 
2) What inspired you to do anti-violence work?
I really wanted to volunteer for an organization focused on social justice and an issue that is really, personally meaningful to me.
 
3) What kind of opportunities have you been involved with here?
I’ve worked with the Social Media team, writing blogs and writing for Facebook and Twitter.
I recently helped coach the race team for the Rock’n Roll ½ Marathon in April.
I am finishing my training to volunteer on the crisis line.
 
4) How has your involvement impacted your life?
I love volunteering with W.O.M.A.N., Inc.! I’ve met amazing people and been really inspired to learn more about domestic violence and how violence impacts individuals and families, and most importantly, about the important work that organizations, like W.O.M.A.N., Inc. are doing to provide support and healing to people affected by intimate relationship violence. It’s definitely inspired me to re-examine my relationships and learn how to be a better advocate.
 
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.?
Make the time to go to the 48 hour Advocacy and Counseling Training that W.O.M.A.N., Inc. and the Riley Center collaborate on! It has been highlight of the last few months for me- it was informative, inspiring and I met really passionate, wonderful advocates.

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