SAFE (Substance Abuse Free Environment, Inc.)
June 29, 2011
In March 2010, I was really trying to find an opportunity where I could give back to the community. I myself have a history with substance abuse, have recently turned my life around and knew from the begin ing that this is the area I was interested in. I attended a meeting at John Tyler Community College for the organization called "Red Watch Band". It was there that I met two women whose mission was to bring awareness to college students about the dangers of binge drinking. Sitting in that meeting I had this overwhelming feeling that I needed to introduce myself to these women, tell them my story, and ask how I could get involved. So that's exactly what I did, and was first introduced to the organization called SAFE. I started going to meetings and met all those involved with the organization. I must say, that I absolutely believe 100% in their mission and their ability to accomplish it. You couldn't ask for a more passionate group of employees and volunteers. Every single person involved with SAFE is a complete asset. I love volunteering and being a part of SAFE.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
In the community itself. Seeing other people want to get involved and make a difference truly inspires me.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Increase funding and employment opportunities needed for planning and sustainability of such an awesome organization with such a necessary mission.
Would you volunteer for this group again?
For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?
Did the organization use your time wisely?
Would you recommend this group to a friend?
Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
Absolutely! I was forced to step outside the box and come out of my shell in order to be effective in certain situations. It truly has been life-changing for me and I am so grateful.
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
Like I truly am a part of something big that is helping to make that difference in our community.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & I have volunteered as a representative for SAFE at various events such as Recovery Fest and John Tyler's Full Moon Madness. I have helped to develop the PowerPoint for the Teen Ambassador Program and am the Chairperson of the Underage Drinking Task Force.