When I was growing up in Anderson, volunteering at my school and community was part of my life. Over the years between jobs and careers, I volunteered less and less. When I retired in 2005 I had no idea I would become Executive Director of One SAFE Place. In fact, I envisioned myself playing golf or traveling. But in 2011, the former Shasta Women’s Refuge and I found each other. It’s the best job I have ever had because so much of what I do is to give back in a significant way. Even when I’m tired, I am able to give that last ounce because it might make a difference. When you help others to live a violence free life, your heart is full.
Last year, volunteers donated 28,130 hours of service to One SAFE Place. If we had to fund this, it would cost $434,608. It’s clear that we cannot do this without your help. Volunteers are a critical part of the day-to-day functioning of our organization, performing a variety of tasks such as direct work with men, women and children, hotline advocacy, administrative work, fund raising projects, preparing meals for shelter, children’s parties, maintenance projects and much more. You can see a list of volunteer positions below by going to our website: www.ospshasta.org/volunteer.
To all of you who do volunteer, we are extremely grateful. For those of you who are interested in making a difference and helping to end family violence, please visit our link to become a One SAFE Place volunteer today. Thank you.