I interned for Partnership Against Domestic Violence, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women and children cope with the effects of being victim to domestic violence. I interned there for three months.
Since my first day of my internship, it has been nothing less than amazing. My supervisor, Laura Barton, who is also the community outreach director at PADV (Partnership Against Domestic Violence), has been the most amazing mentor/supervisor ever. Working at PADV has really equipped me with the skills I believe are a necessity in staying competitive in the workplace.
From the day I started I was given responsibility. There was no micro-managing or going to get coffee. My internship reminded me of an economics course I had previously taken; Intro to Organizational Management. I acted as my own manager and though at first it seemed scary, I learned as I went throughout the day. During my time there, I did research, edited PowerPoint’s, input data, contacted clients, designed pamphlets, etc. I had my own office which was very nice and rare for an intern. I actually felt part of the team. Every time I completed a major task, or designed a pamphlet, praise rang through the halls. My supervisor was always very encouraging. Whether she knows it or not, she actually helped me develop the confidence to go for what I wanteceived and email. The environment was quite different than I expected it to be. I think that it is rare in which you find a place where everyone you meet is personable and approachable. I don’t think that future jobs or internships that I have will compare to that of PADV. Working with PADV has been an amazing venture. My time there was very well spent and I look forward to interning/volunteering with their organization next fall when I have the time. I wish that everyone could have experienced what I experienced while at PADV.
I have worked for years with the staff from PADV. They set the standard for all domestic violence agencies in Georgia. Their work is professional to the highest standard and their care and support for survivors is beyond compare. The staff work very hard in very difficult jobs. They are constantly striving to find innovative and compassionate ways to support those affected by intimate partner violence. I cannot say enough about this organization or the people who make it run. They set the standard within the state for serving survivors.
I have worked with staff from PADV for more than five years now. They are tireless advocates for survivors. PADV works relentlessly to ensure that domestic violence survivors and their friends and family have the support they need to heal. I want to personally thank everyone I know at PADV for the difficult jobs they do every day. They make my community a better place.
As a past volunteer and employee of PADV, giving of my time and energy to an organization dedicated to providing a way out of abuse for women and their families, was enjoyable! Enjoyable because a platform existed where I could serve the interest of women who needed that extra support through various resources and programs such as FACE TO FACE and TRANSITONAL HOUSING. When I came on as an employee, I would literally forget I had a payday!
I have since returned to PADV as co-facilitator of their support group and am happy to see and be part of an organization that continues to champion support to women and their families through greater awareness with WHEN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE GOES TO WORK, TEEN DATING VIOLENCE, and other programs. And, it' so nice to see more male volunteers supporting PADV's mission!
I have had several opportunities to help out with PADV. They are a wonderful organization to work! I have gotten to see the wonderful service the provide in aiding women dealing with domestic violence. It is extremely pleasing and rewarding knowing there is help for Spanish speakers as well. Job well done. ! Look forwarding to volunteering in the future.
Volunteering at PADV has been a wonderful experience over the past couple of months. I have enjoyed assisting in child care and providing administrative services for this organization. Even if it was something as small as preparing volunteer packets for an orientation, I have had the pleasure of assisting in any way possible. PADV is a wonderful agency that provides a wide range of opportunities to assist women and children who are affected by domestic violence. I especially enjoyed volunteering at Hearts with Hope in the silent auction. I truly believe that PADV will continue to prosper in all of its efforts to support a good cause and I will continue to volunteer my time.
I have been volunteering with PADV for over a year and I have seen how the organization changes the lives of domestic violence survivors. I tell people all the time what a life-saving organization it is and what resources are available. I believe that giving someone the opportunity to feel safe and start a new life that is violence-free is such an important mission.
I have volunteered with PADV and have been so impressed with their support of LGBTQQI issues as well as working on issues such as spreading awareness of teen dating violence. They rock!
As a survivor of Domestic Violence I have come to know this organization very dearly. PADV not only helps the survivors with day to day items (a safe place to sleep, food for themselves and their children) but they also go above and beyond by providing the survivors with the resources to overcome the challenges they were so unjustly handed.
PADV is keenly aware that in order to help stop this epidemic the community has to be educated. PADV is at the colleges raising awareness of teen dating violence, they are active in the community with helping abused pets find new homes and they are in the corporate world raising awarenss of what happens when domestic violence goes to the workplace.
I have been a volunteer for eight months and have enjoyed every moment of the experience. Whether I am taking a call from the crisis line, organizing a canned food drive for one of the shelters or giving a hug to a survivor.