Briefly tell us about your role at the CAC.
My main role at the CAC is the Volunteer Coordinator. I work with our volunteers to match their talent and skills with our volunteer needs. It is important for me to ensure that they have a meaningful and rewarding experience at the CAC. Our volunteers work on a variety of projects that provide support for our multidisciplinary team. They play a pivotal role in the work we do and we are so grateful for their support.
The other part of my role is to provide administrative support for our Executive Director, our Board of Directors, and our Board Committees. I enjoy both roles very much as they allow me to work alongside great individuals who are willing to give of their time and talent to further the mission of the CAC.
What do you want the community to know about child sexual abuse?
I want the community to know that they can take a stand against child sexual abuse by volunteering at the CAC, hosting a third-party fundraiser, or by simply following us on social media. The opportunities are endless and YOU can make a difference in the lives of the children we serve.
What is it about your work that keeps you here and motivated?
I love this team; and by this team, I mean everyone with whom I have had the opportunity to work with since I started at the CAC in 2010. Furthermore, I find it motivating to share our mission with our student volunteers. I am proud that the CAC is a teaching organization. Through our partnership with local colleges and universities, we not only provide volunteer opportunities but we also provide education on child sexual abuse prevention. Our students become empowered to recognize and respond to child sexual abuse. They take that knowledge with them into their careers, which has a lasting impact on our community.
What do you hope for the CAC in the future?
It is my hope that we create a trauma-informed community. The child-centered model that Chief Hegarty created for our agency provides the foundation on which we continue to grow our services for the children of our community.