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Christina M.

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SEXUAL VIOLENCE CENTER
July 1, 2011

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!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working at the Sexual Violence Center has taught me so much about the impact of trauma and violence, and the power and beauty in healing and recovery. I've seen first-hand how sexual violence affects men and women of every generation, race, gender and sexual orientation. But the most powerful thing is seeing these people feel whole again, complete and healed. At SVC we facilitate that healing through counseling services, meeting clients at the hospital or at court, and providing other resources.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would give SVC more resources to expand its growing vision. I would help SVC get a better physical home and support its great staff.

More feedback

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

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