I’m a SoCal native who moved to San Francisco two years ago. After a 12-year career in private sector project management and finance, I took a leap of faith to do some soul searching. Today, I help manage a nonprofit working toward a more sustainable, equitable, and humane food system. Things that make me smile: books, public libraries, taking improv classes, books, green spaces and the sound of birds chirping (cause that’s infrequent in the city), dancing real hard and happy, practicing Swedish, books, my weather app showing nonstop sunny days (again, infrequent in the city), Boba Guys, and probably, your face.
How long have you been volunteering with WINC & what opportunities have you been involved with at the organization?
I started on the support line April 2017 and I also do peer counseling.
What propelled you volunteer & what motivates you to continue?
During my soul searching time, it felt like the right time to step up and serve the community. When I came across W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s site and read about their work, I felt intuitively that this would be a great fit. I think everyone has a unique entry point to being of more service, and this one felt like mine. W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is led by motivated, empathetic, savvy women and I responded to their approach to domestic violence (DV) immediately. It’s a volunteer job–and I’m the one who is so grateful to get to work and connect with people. People who are just like me, who are complex humans with multi-faceted lives that aren’t defined by the DV. Also, I’m a better and more empathetic listener all around now.
I’m the one who is so grateful to get to work and connect with people. People who are just like me, who are complex humans with multi-faceted lives that aren’t defined by the DV. Also, I’m a better and more empathetic listener all around now.
Anything else you’d like to add? I hope to be one of those people who can say, “I remember back in 2017 when I started on the line…now it’s been, what? How many decades?”