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Volunteer Spotlight: Kelly Katona

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Kelly KatonaOur work here at the WCA would not be possible without the help of some amazing volunteers! We would like to take a moment to highlight just one of them: Kelly Katona.

What do you do in your volunteer role at the WCA?
I assist the front desk by answering phone calls and making copies. I am an expert at envelope stuffing and I’m pretty great at being a general ‘gofer’. I always say “Yeah! Of course!” enthusiastically when ever anyone from the office asks me for anything. It’s an automatic response when I’m asked for help. I also volunteer for events that pop up here and there. I volunteered for the first Fallapalooza festival last year and the WCA Holiday Party.

How long have you been a volunteer?
I started volunteering in October of 2015 after my best friend took me along to the WCA for a tour. I immediately filled out a volunteer application and turned it in as soon as the tour was over. I wanted to use the front desk as a way to gain job experience, but instead I gained a valuable elevated sense of self-confidence and that warm tingle your heart feels when it grows three sizes.

What do you find most rewarding about your service at the WCA?
I am surrounded by strong, amazing women on all sides of the office with incredible traits I aspire to have. My father was a sexual crimes detective for several years, and my mother was a court advocate for domestic violence clients, so I grew up knowing how hard but rewarding this line of work is.

I also have an unshakable belief in a better future for everyone and I understand that future isn’t possible without some help. So I’m helping in any way that I am able. Having been in an emotionally abusive relationship, I don’t want anyone to have to go through what I did or feel that way about themselves. The WCA is, in itself, a reward to me.

How have you changed or grown as a person through your service here?
I grew from being a rather negative, uptight, highly depressed person into a positive, more relaxed ‘I-can-conquer-this’ personality through my time here and I’ve never been happier or healthier. Because of that change I felt more of a desire to help people instead of keeping them at arms length. The WCA has also taught me a lot about how those relationships should be. If someone is treating me like less of a person or making me feel uncomfortable in any kind of relationship, then I should do what’s best for me. Relationships should lift you up and help you with everyday battles, not be the battle.

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EVENTS

Oct 02

2022

SueB 5k 10k 2022

On October 2, 2022, we celebrate the 13th annual SueB 5k 10k at noon After two years of racing virtually, we invite you to join us IN PERSON to raise awareness about domestic abuse, while memorializing the life of an individual who has brought so many people together. The SueB 5k 10k provides a space […]

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Oct 05

2022

WCA Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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Oct 10

2022

WCA Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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Oct 12

2022

Witches Night Out at the Village

Mark your calendars for Witches Night Out on October 12, 2022 from 5 – 9 p.m. Wednesday, October 12 we will be celebrating Witches Night Out at The Village at Meridian, hosted by Meridian’s Centercal Properties and its marvelous merchants. Several sponsors help make the evening a resounding success, raising funds for the WCA’ clients’ […]

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Oct 14

2022

WCA Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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Oct 20

2022

WCA Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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Oct 28

2022

Healing Begins with Hope

WCA Healing Begins with Hope Virtual Outreach and Fundraising Event When: October 28, 2022 How: Register here for either a 12noon or 7 p.m. virtual viewing time As the WCA celebrates 113 years of changing lives, we would like to invite our community to mark their calendars and save the date for Healing Begins with […]

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