Volunteer Appreciation Week Spotlight: The Outreach Boos

Annie Fisher

Attachment-11.) What was your favorite outreach event in the past year?
In February, Jaymie Frazier and I (Outreach Boos!) hosted the Community Education Series: Teen Dating Ins and Outs, at the SF Public Library. We were beyond thrilled to host nine (9) teenagers for the training who were filled with thoughtful questions and really added their own perspective to the conversation. It was a great training and a fantastic experience for all.

2.) What motivates you to continue your volunteer work at WINC?mewithjordan
Wherever we go to train, table, etc., we have the best conversations with our fellow SF community members. Sometimes it is a person who has received services from WINC, sometimes a supporter or a person with genuine questions. Getting the face of WINC out and in the public motivates me everyday, as you never know what is going to be the catalyst, what is going to be “that thing” that assists a survivor in choosing to get help.

3.) What pieces of wisdom would you share with new volunteers or community members who are interested in supporting W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?
Meet whomever it is you’re speaking with where they are in the moment. Judgement has no place as judging others is more of a reflection of how one feels about themselves, rather than the person standing in front of them. This goes for folks seeking assistance as well as those who question DV survivors. Open dialogue is key.

Jaymie Frazier

1.) What was your favorite outreach event in the JFrazierpast year?
This past year has been filled with several Outreach highlights, such as the successful continuation of the Community Education Series and the opportunity to present to the Super Bowl 50 Committee, but one particular event stands out the most.  In order to honor Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month in February, my fellow Outreach Boo, Annie, and I co-facilitated a presentation on teens and healthy relationships.  We were so thrilled to have a mixture of male and female teens between the ages of 12 – 16 attend, as they were an amazing audience.  They were highly engaged throughout the presentation, asked genuine questions about teen dating violence, and voiced the amount of insight they gained from the presentation.  The cherry on top was being able to see them create their own “Dating Bill of Rights” and share it on their Instagram accounts for friends to see.  At the end of the presentation, I was filled with so much excitement, fulfillment,
and gratitude because I felt the Outreach Boos really made a difference.  It wasn’t too long ago that Annie and I created the Community Education Series in hopes of reaching out and educating the community about domestic violence, so to be able to watch our dreams come to life is truly amazing!

2.) What motivates you to continue your volunteer work at WINC?
W.O.M.A.N., Inc. in itself is all the motivation I need to continue my volunteer work!  I have volunteered for over 3 years now, and the reason I’ve stayed this long is because of all the amazing people I’ve had the pleasure collaborating with, the impact I’ve been able to witness, and most importantly, knowing all the work that still needs to be done.  Domestic Violence is a serious issue that occurs across all systemic levels, and thus needs dedicated people and unique organizations like W.O.M.A.N., Inc. to take a stand.  As a school counseling graduate student, I am able to see first hand the lack of knowledge and awareness our youth have in regards to domestic violence and healthy relationships.  In order to promote healthy relationships, my goal is to target and educate our youth of today, so that we can all take part in creating a violence-free future.

3.) What pieces of wisdom would you share with new volunteers or community members who are interested in supporting W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?
I would say to push yourself to try new things and get involved in as many ways as you can!  Over the years I’ve tried my hand at various volunteer opportunities, such as the children’s group, support group, crisis line, social media, and events group.  Through these different avenues, I was able to see different aspects of W.O.M.A.N., Inc., and it was a great way to expand on my own skills and personal growth.  For example, when I started in Outreach, I was deathly afraid of the idea of public speaking, but now I look forward to Outreach presentations!  Another important piece of advice is no matter how involved you decide to be, it’s important to practice SELF-CARE!!!  Anti-domestic violence work can be tough, and in order to best serve others, we must remember to first take care of ourselves. Be sure to set time aside for yourself to do things that you enjoy and/or with people and things you love!

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

  • “Jaymie and Annie have represented WI through various outreach events. During Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month in February the team coordinated the Community Education Series at the San Francisco Public Library and presented to 7 teens on Healthy Relationships and Teen Dating Violence.”
  • “They have contributed to WINC in a variety of areas- social media, events, training- to name a few. They are a dynamic team and they approach each opportunity to represent the agency with an enthusiasm which is infectious. They demonstrate a unique sort of commitment and dedication. We are lucky to get to work with them!”

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