I have been volunteering for The Second Step for three years, first working at the front desk in the office, later helping out with events, and now as a board member. The time I spent at the front desk is what cemented for me just how important The Second Step's mission is. There was nothing like being on the receiving end of phone calls from women clearly scared, and unsure where to turn. I was always so grateful to be able to connect them with one of The Second Step counselors. Once that connection was made, I knew the women were in good hands and, whether they realized it at that moment or not, had taken an important step toward a safe and rewarding new life.
I have multiple forms of relationship with The Second Step - as a volunteer, as a Board member, and as the Academic VP at Lasell College, which works extensively with The Second Step through student projects (the partnership recently won the Massachusetts Campus Compact's annual award for best community partnership).
As a volunteer with my daughters, I have seen first hand the wonderful work this organization does with women and their children, providing them the tools to be confident and self-reliant following the terrible things they have experienced. It has been particularly valuable for me to see my daughters interacting with the children, seeing first hand what human beings can go through and how they can emerge even stronger as a consequence.
As a Board member, I have seen how passionate staff, clients, and the outside community are about the excellence and successes of TSS. It has been a joy to be involved with this great organization at this level - an organization that is always looking forward, not only with respect to the work it does with its clients, but also for the impact it can have on the larger social problem of domestic violence.
The ten-year TSS-Lasell College partnership includes: teaching of Lasell courses by TSS staff, including an honors seminar team-taught between the Director of Community Programs and myself; a long-term co-created children’s IMAGINE mentoring program in which Lasell students monthly mentor TSS children at Lasell; Lasell courses embedded with service-learning projects such as donation drives, special events fundraisers, and development of public relations materials to benefit TSS; Lasell student internships at TSS; and participation by TSS staff on the Lasell Justice Studies Advisory Board.