Volunteer Appreciation Week Spotlight: Kelsey Wiedenhoefer

1) When did you first get involved with W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?
I first got involved with WOMAN Inc. in December of 2013 as a volunteer. I then decided to take the Domestic Violence Crisis line training in February of 2014, and have been volunteering for the Crisis Line since then.unnamed

2) What inspired you to do anti-violence work?
As a woman who has been in a DV relationship in the past, volunteering for WOMAN Inc. was second nature. I was inspired to give back and help others who have been in similar or often times worse situations than myself. The work we do is extremely integral for our community and it helps saves lives everyday.

3) What kind of opportunities have you been involved with here?
Other than the crisis line, I have also been an active participant and fundraiser for WOMAN Inc.’s Rock n’ Roll Marathon Charity Team for the last two years.

4) How has your involvement impacted your life?
This work has been very healing for me because I am able to give back, lend a listening ear, and ideally help other women get out of potentially life threatening situations when I volunteer on the crisis line.

RNR Kelsey5) What pieces of wisdom would you share with new volunteers or community members who are interested in supporting W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?
This is very rewarding work, but many times can also be emotionally draining. The best advice I can give it to regularly practice self-care and surround yourself with positive people who love and support you.

What the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. team has to say about this stellar volunteer:

  • “Kelsey has donated her time in a few different areas (support line, events, social media) and has done so with enthusiasm and passion for the work we do here. She is committed and conscientious.”
  • “She’s very reliable and communicative!  It’s understandable when volunteers can’t offer to cover more than one support line shift a week-they’re busy and have other priorities, but Kelsey still manages to pick up additional support line shifts when she can.

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