Volunteer Spotlight: Mary Newson

1) When did you first get involved with W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?
I’d heard about W.O.M.A.N., Inc. years ago, and maybe even referred people here, but didn’t get involved until April of 2014.

2) What inspired you to do anti-violence work?
I grew up in a household with domestic violence, and know how deeply it affects
families long after the event(s). As an adult, I wanted to be part of the
solution, to be someone who could offer unconditional, non-judgmental support
to those still going through it.

3) What kind of opportunities have you been involved with here?
I have been involved with the Events Committee – it was my way of trying to build my fundraising skills while I was in-between jobs. So far, we’ve organized a Community Dog Walk to support the Pet Fund, benefited from a comedy night at El Rio, and are putting together a Pet Calendar to highlight the link between domestic violence and pet safety, and our love for our pets.

4) How has your involvement impacted your life?
It has put me in touch with some incredible people I would not have met otherwise, and introduced me to the wide network of people committed to anti-violence work here in the area.DSC_4286

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.?

New volunteers: you already possess a legion of skills that you came by naturally, or through past work. Take time to assess those skills, and use them for the good of WOMAN, Inc.
Interested in supporting: This is tough and delicate work, to support some of the most vulnerable populations during the riskiest and most vulnerable time in their lives. If you could help even one person make the move towards a safer, healthier environment, wouldn’t you do it?

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