Volunteer of the Month

We work with an amazing group of volunteers. We want to honor their hard work and dedication to the cause of creating a safe, inclusive community in Northern Colorado.

 

It’s time to honor Janelle and Chelsea, our May Volunteers of the Month! Janelle and Chelsea have both been interns in our Weld County Office and they have helped us so much with SAAM as well as other SAVA projects. We are so grateful to have them on our team of volunteers, and we wish them luck in their future endeavors!

 

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Janelle, tell us a little about yourself.

 

If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and what would it be for?

– I would throw a Grateful Dead themed party. Everyone would come dressed from the 70’s!

This is a fun one, have you ever been told you look like a celebrity?

– I have been told I look like Jennifer Love Hewitt.

If you could choose anyone to be your mentor, who would it be and why?

– I would have Michelle Obama be my mentor. I have always looked up to her because she is a strong, smart, hard-working, feminist.

And finally Janelle, what do you enjoy most about volunteering at SAVA?

– The thing I enjoyed most about volunteering at SAVA was getting to work one-on-one with someone on the hotline. It was humbling to know that you are a total stranger to people, and they still trust you enough to open up about something so personal.

 

Chelsea, tell us a little about yourself.

 

If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and what would it be for?

– If I could throw any party I wanted it would be a football party. I am a huge Denver Broncos and CSU football fan and we always have parties at my apartment. I would make tons of food and have wings and beer, and probably tacos and margaritas too. I always though it would be really cool to have an outdoor pool party while watching the big game.

This is a fun one, have you ever been told you look like a celebrity?

– I have actually been told when I was 11 or 12 that I looked like Miley Cyrus back when she was young and had long brown hair. No dad, just because we are both the same age with long brown hair does not mean I am Miley Cyrus. 

If you could choose anyone to be your mentor, who would it be and why?

– If I could choose anyone to be my mentor it would probably be my professor for my theories class, Professor Rosann Ross. I would choose her because she has so much experience in the field, but also because she believes in everyone. Professor Ross has always taught us that sometimes we aren’t perfect in life, but that is okay. There are so many journeys in life you can take, and none of them are the right one except for the one that makes you happy. She has worked hard in her profession to get where she is today, and I really admire that in a person and in a woman

And finally Chelsea, what do you enjoy most about volunteering at SAVA?

– What do I enjoy most about volunteering at SAVA?! There are so many things. It is hard to narrow it down to one. I think it would have to be the feeling I get when I helped someone in our community and the incredible people that I have met here. I have been welcomed to SAVA with so many loving arms, and without a doubt have made friends and colleagues I  hope to stay in touch with for years to come. I never imagined that I would meet so many incredible people during my time here who supported me in every way both inside and outside the office. This is a place where I always knew I had someone to turn to, and I want to thank all of you for being so kind to me during my time here. I am going to miss you all! (I’m still volunteering so you haven’t lost me yet!).

 

Congratulations, Chelsea and Janelle!  Thank you for everything that you do.