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Christina M.

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Review for Sexual Violence Center, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer at the Sexual Violence Center for over a year now. During my time, I have answered crisis line calls on overnight shifts, as well as met clients at the hospital during an evidentiary exam. I've also been a peer counselor for mostly the Spanish-speaking clientele that come through our doors.
By far the best experience I've had working at SVC has been facilitating a support group for high school girls. I had an amazing group of teens who had really been through a lot. During those three months, we built trust with each other and slowly worked our way through painful experiences. We talked about self-care and coping--ways to deal with the pain that are positive and self-loving. At the end of our time together, I could see the growth and healing that had begun in these girls, and it was such a powerful experience for me!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It taught me about recovery, trauma, healing, empathy.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It made me feel like I could make a difference. That even just one extra volunteer was filling an important need. It was empowering.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Role:  Volunteer & I did overnight crisis line shifts, was a peer counselor, went on medical and legal advocacies, and facilitated a support group.