Posted by: joshjasper | August 17, 2009

The Life Changer, the Difference Maker, the Volunteer

Once upon a time, we lived in a community in which only a handful of people had the courage and strength to stand up for what is right.  This small group of people believed that if they could just empower one person at a time to get involved, they would realize change that was unimaginable by most.  Everyday they would go about their business, teaching valuable lessons, helping others, and hoping for the day that their small group would be much more.

Oh how this story has changed.

Two volunteers sat down 16 years ago to start the Riverview Center because a young woman had been raped and services did not exist.  Fast forward to 2009 and you will find that because of the volunteers we have now, more than 1,100 people were served by the Riverview Center this past year.  We have volunteers helping with the 24 hour hotline, fundraising, prevention, advocacy, friends on Facebook, and on our board of directors.

I have really been taken aback lately about the incredible influence that one person has by donating their time to something they believe in.  They are not paid for their extra efforts, gratitude for their efforts is given, but not expected, and when it comes down to it, it is because of the person that is NOT paid that makes the biggest difference.

I was talking with someone recently that receives our services and she mentioned the incredible feeling of appreciation she had for the woman that came to the hospital at 2am to sit with her before she was to have a rape kit done.  She talked about how she felt alone and scared.  Our client wanted to make sure that I knew that the employee that helped her that night was appreciated.  I told her later that it was not an employee that helped her, but rather, a volunteer.  She cried.  She could not believe that someone not being paid to get out of bed in the middle of the night to drive to the emergency room to sit with a stranger would do such a thing.

I am truly inspired by our volunteers.  It is because of you that our community is a better place for all.

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Responses

  1. I know that we here in Delaware and Buchanan Counties are truely blessed with wonderful volunteers who go above and beyond in their efforts. Thank you for acknowledging them.

  2. Yes, thank you Josh. Our volunteers are incredible and extremely dedicated to helping victims of sexual assault. They can never get enough credit for everything that they do. If you are reading this, thank you volunteers for all that you do! We couldn’t do it without you. You have all touched so many lives.


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