The work that we do at Day One would not be possible without our amazing team of volunteers. Hear first hand what Melissa’s experience has been like as a volunteer for Day One in this Volunteer Spotlight interview:
1. What brought you to Day One?
Knowing sexual assault and domestic violence affect so many people, I want to do what I can to help victims understand the resources that are available to them and that they are not alone. I want to let survivors know that someone will always be there to support them.
2. What is the most important thing you have learned during your time here?
The most important thing I have learned during my time here is that domestic violence and sexual assault do not discriminate. These issues affect everyone, no matter where they come from or what their background is.
3. How does volunteering with Day One compare to other places you have volunteered?
Day One is a great agency to volunteer for. As volunteers, we are very appreciated and valued. Whether it is a simple email of thanks to the volunteers who have had go outs during the month or the yearly volunteer appreciation dinner, Day One always supports us. One great thing that stands out to me at Day One is the willingness and availability of the staff to always answer a question, no matter what time it is.
4. What has been your best experience here?
The best experience about being here is knowing the impact that we make as volunteers. It’s a great feeling to be able to give someone the information they need to feel safe, and to let them know there are people willing and able to help them every step of the way.
One particular go out comes to mind. After sitting with a woman who had been a victim of domestic violence, we talked about the safety of her and her children. I supplied her with a safety plan and information about restraining orders and shelters. It was a great experience seeing the relief on her face, knowing she could go somewhere safe.
5. What advice do you have for other people who might want to volunteer?
My advice to anyone who wants to volunteer is that Day One is the place to do it. You truly make an impact and difference in someone’s life. Day One helps make volunteering a rewarding experience.
Interested in volunteering with Day One? You can apply here.