Celebrating National Volunteer Week
We are proud to work with many inspiring individuals who contribute in helping victims of abuse. Volunteers who dedicate their time supporting our clients are vital to our mission to move victims from crisis to confidence.
Meet Melanie, Miss D and Tony - three dynamic individuals who volunteer to help child victims at our Child Advocacy Center (CAC) in Queens.
Melanie handles the administrative duties, Miss D engages the children and families while Tony coordinates legal reports with the district attorney’s office. This systematic approach is unique to our CACs and helps simplify each case to improve the likelihood of a positive outcome for the children involved.
Melanie is studying to become a social worker at Queens College, but thinks volunteering should not be limited to only your profession. “It doesn’t matter what line of work you’re in. The world can be better than it is right now. I know it sounds cliché but, we can change each other. Volunteering doesn’t hurt, it only helps.”
Known as the “Mary Poppins” of the Queens CAC, Miss D has been working with children in a school setting for nearly 16 years. She feels a deep connection to them and seeks to instill a sense of positive values. “I was born to work with children. It’s a gift to be able to help them look on the brighter side, if only for the time being.”
Tony is a former law enforcement officer who now describes himself as a “professional volunteer”. At the CAC, Tony helps move along the child abuse case documents to the district attorney’s office. “The kids don’t always know what’s going on. We have to steer them away from thinking ‘what’s wrong with me?’ and instead just show them love with energy from within.”