1) When did you first get involved with W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?
I first learned about WOMAN Inc. from someone who was in an abusive relationship and found it to be a helpful resource. I myself was in the process of seeking information to help me through my personal experience with domestic violence in a former relationship.
While looking through the website and the Facebook page, I connected with a fellow volunteer (Travis Marsh) to join the SF Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon WOMAN Inc. running team. Shortly thereafter, I joined a work group meeting in the WOMAN Inc. office where I met more volunteers, and the staff. Now, I am happily part of the ongoing volunteer work group team, and look forward to contributing my time and energy for a long time!
2) What inspired you to do anti-violence work?
As an outcome of my personal experience, I felt an indescribable desire and drive to help other people experiencing domestic violence. I felt incredibly fortunate in my case to have the amazing support of friends, family and organizations in the Bay Area. I wanted to give back to my community, pay it forward, and turn my negative experience into longer lasting positive impact.
3) What kind of opportunities have you been involved with here?
I began fundraising for WOMAN Inc. through the SF Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon running team. As a longtime fan of long distance running and coming from a professional background of marketing and advertising, it was natural to volunteer myself to lead team practice runs and contribute ideas to the team. As part of the work group, I helped plan and organize happy hour fundraisers (although much of the work was already set up by the time I joined the team!).
4) How has your involvement impacted your life?
The entire experience with joining the running team, getting involved, fundraising, and being part of making positive impact in my community was amazing. I met incredible people! The best part is being part of something you truly believe in, and engaging other people along the way. I am very grateful to have met the WOMAN Inc. team, and am excited to continue my involvement.
What W.O.M.A.N., Inc. has to say about this stellar volunteer:
- “Alice hit the ground running when she came to WI (no pun intended). During her short time here, she helped coordinate two practice runs and found articles of support to help our team prepare of the R&R Marathon. Alice raised over $1200 through the WI’s R&R fundraising page.”