Chelsea Embry attended Advocate Training last Fall and has been a wonderful, dynamic volunteer since. She has been a great help with administrative tasks, child care, and providing crisis intervention during HELPline shifts.
She heard about HCWC from a former Board member who she knew through Art Squared. Chelsea was interested in the field of social work and wanted to support our cause.
While helping with child care she learned that “patience, listening, and acknowledgement is so important to children. It shows them you care and that they matter.”
Advocate Training teaches volunteers the dynamics of abuse and the best crisis intervention techniques to use with clients. “I learned in Advocate Training that you need to keep calm. Seriously, if you stay calm, it helps everyone. Don’t be afraid to turn to notes or ask for advice either.”
Although Chelsea is a trained Advocate, she still volunteers to do administrative work when she finds the time, because “it’s sort of a chain reaction; if I help, down the line the client is helped, and I like helping. I feel like even though I’m doing small tasks, that I do help make a difference. It is a very rewarding feeling” Chelsea said.
“I would tell anyone who is interested in volunteering that this is the place to go if you want to feel good about what you do. It is a wonderful place that does wonderful work for the community. I have become a better listener, a more patient person, and more willing to help others, and I encourage others to reach out to people in need. So go for it!”
There are several ways to get involved with HCWC, and they are all important! Every hour that you give, item that you donate, and post you share on social media contribute to helping victims of abuse, and ending violence in your community.
This article was featured in HCWC’s Summer 2015 Edition of the Networker. To read the full newsletter, visit our Newsletters page, and join our email list to receive the quarterly publication and occasional updates in your inbox.