This National Volunteer Appreciation Week, SafeHaven is honoring the volunteers that allow us to continue working toward our mission.
Nine volunteers or volunteer groups were honored with awards at SafeHaven's "Round of Applause" event last Thursday, but we also want to let you get to know each of these incredible advocates for SafeHaven.
Let's take a look at our SafeStar Volunteer Award winner, LaMonica Evans. The SafeStar Volunteer award winner is an individual or group that has made an outstanding contribution to SafeHaven through their efforts as a volunteer.
Name: LaMonica Evans
Where do you volunteer at SafeHaven? Arlington Shelter
Why did you decide to get involved with SafeHaven? I volunteer at SafeHaven because of the compassion that I have for victims of domestic violence. No one deserves to lose their power to anyone else. SafeHaven is an amazing organization that has provided me with first-hand knowledge of how much support is needed for the women and children of domestic violence. I am a firm believer that depending on the need of a person that donating time to provide support can be a better contribution than donating money.
What has been your favorite memory working with SafeHaven? There was a particular time when one of the kids didn't want his mom to leave him in childcare while she attended support group. The mom explained to the child that she needed to attend support group because it made her feel better. Hearing the mom say that was my queue to step in and assist. I led the child to the toy section and the mom was able to slip away. Once the child located a toy that interested him, he was fine. I left SafeHaven that night feeling that I had provided the support needed for both the mom and the child. It was a gratifying experience.
If you could choose any celebrity to volunteer with you for a day, who would it be and why? Michelle Obama. We have seen her dedication to military families, childhood obesity and education. Due to Michelle's influence as a public figure, it would be amazing to see what someone with her platform can do to bring more awareness to prevent and possibly put an end to domestic violence.