FVPC provides numerous invaluable services to residents of Orange County, NC. Services include but are not limited to a 24 hour crisis hotline, support groups, childcare, safety planning and legal advocacy. With only three full time staff members we rely heavily on the energy and dedication of our volunteers. This month we are focusing on Brianna Hartman !
How long have you been volunteering?
I have been volunteering with Family Violence Prevention Center for about a year and a half, since November of 2009.
How did you learn about FVPC?
I moved to Chapel Hill from Minnesota and found FVPC in the process of searching for organizations in the area that I was interested in working with. ·
Why do you volunteer?
In Minneapolis, I had worked with several families who had experienced domestic violence in the home and was motivated to spread the word about the effects of domestic violence on both parents and children. I feel as though it’s important to me to make sure that community members and parents are informed about domestic violence and what services are available to them.
What have you learned (about yourself or others) by volunteering here?
As a community educator I have had the opportunity to speak with several groups of people in the community. In the process, I have learned a lot about my ability to advocate to groups in the community and work on my public speaking/presentation skills. I have been impressed with the wide array of contexts in which knowledge about domestic violence is valued in the community from students to parents, service providers to business owners. I have been moved by how effective community education events have been in raising awareness of domestic violence issues and even changing people’s views and behaviors in response to their increased insight.
What would you tell prospective volunteers?
I would tell prospective volunteers that this is an amazing agency to be involved in. The staff are extremely knowledgeable and supportive and create a real sense of community among the volunteers. For those specifically interested in community education, I would urge volunteers to engage in a variety of events and presentations in order to get the most out of the experience.
Thanks so much for all you do Brianna!