What is one key advice that you would give to a volunteer manager?
Some key advice that I would give to other volunteer managers is to get to know your volunteers, be approachable, and try to make their volunteer experience as fulfilling and rewarding as possible. I know that this could be difficult with many volunteer positions, but I know they will appreciate it and will want to continue their service
What are some “other duties as assigned” that came with your position?
Aside from running the Volunteer Program at Emerge, I am also responsible for some program development duties for the agency. These can range from setting-up a staff/volunteer training, translating participant forms/documents, staffing a tabling event, or updating agency protocols and procedures.
Describe a memorable moment with volunteers.
When you work for an agency like Emerge Center Against Domestic Abuse, every moment with volunteers is a memorable one. I love to see volunteers smile when they see how impactful their work is for participants and their families and how even the smallest tasks make a huge difference in their lives.
What is your strength in this role?
One of my strengths is my ability to connect with volunteers. I like to get to know them on an individual basis, learning about their hobbies, likes, dislikes, favorite food, and connecting with them so that they feel comfortable coming to me with any questions, concerns, suggestions, feedback, etc
How do you unwind after a stressful or long day of work?
After a long stressful day at work, I unwind by taking a long shower, walking my dog (Mr. Fluffs), cooking a hearty meal, and watching one of the many Netflix series that I enjoy watching.