FVPC provides numerous invaluable services to residents of Orange County, many of which would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our volunteers. For this month’s “Volunteer Spotlight” we are highlighting Karen Roque and the great work that she does for us.
How long have you been volunteering and what do you do/have you done with us?
I have been at FVPC since September of 2011. That fall, I volunteered mostly as a Community Educator with the Start Strong program and as a Spanish Interpreter in our office. I have finally completed Hotline Advocate training and have started taking shifts as an Advocate.
I heard of FVPC through a few friends on campus as well as OneAct training.
Why do you volunteer?
I volunteer because I have seen the direct impact of the services the agency provides. Our services can truly make a difference in a person’s life. Not only that, but I am a very service oriented person and I enjoy being able to give back to the community and help those in need. It has always and will always be a pleasure of mine.
What have you learned (about yourself or others) by volunteering here?
I have learned the true meaning and power of listening, and how life changing it can be if we just sit and listen to someone’s story. I’ve also learned about the prevalence of domestic violence in our community and the limited amount of resources available. However, the commitment and dedication of the staff and volunteers are really able to drive the goals and mission of the organization forward.
What’s in your future?
I will be pursuing my MPH degree at UCLA this fall. My hope is to continue my service towards victims of domestic violence.
What would you tell prospective volunteers?
I would tell them that it can be a challenging but very rewarding opportunity. For me, personally, it has been life-changing as I have kind of changed direction in terms of career aspirations. Also, it is important to not take work home with you! While you are in the office, give it your all to be the best advocate you can be, but once you are out of the office, make sure you take care of yourself 🙂
Thank you so much for all of the work that you do, Karen! We wish you the best of luck at UCLA!