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Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Katherine Johnson

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10425042_10100384486148874_3380100569812743568_nWhat do you do in your volunteer role at the WCA?  

I volunteer as one of the chairs (working alongside two other amazing volunteers) of the Ambassador Program.  My role is more formally known as the Ambassador Trainer.

How long have you been a volunteer?

Just over 3 years

What do you find most rewarding about your work at the WCA?

I am committed to the mission, and I respect the WCA and its passionate, intelligent staff for all they do for the mission.  The WCA is one of the most well operated, impactful nonprofits in our community.  You can actually see the change the WCA’s work has on survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.  These survivors usually don’t have a voice or any support, and I am compelled to help them in any way I can.  Now here’s the selfish part of my answer: when I left the WCA three years ago as an employee, I could not walk away all together.  The mission had become a part of me.  Also, I didn’t want to cut ties with the staff and volunteers, who are some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met.

How have you changed or grown as a person through your work here?

Absolutely!  The hours spent as a monthly Ambassador 101  facilitator is time I look forward to and walk away from feeling renewed and hopeful.  Seeing how many individuals are ready to support the WCA’s mission by becoming Ambassadors and messengers in our community is truly inspiring.  Everyone has a different reason for being in the room during those trainings, and I love hearing the stories.  The WCA’s work is vital, and being a part of it reminds me of how little my existence matters if I’m not trying to help others who have not been as blessed as I have in my life.  Volunteering at the WCA always makes me want to do more, whatever that may be.

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