We have the great honor of working with an amazing group of volunteers and 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 Jovan Lovato, our February Volunteer of the Month! Jovan volunteers as both a hotline advocate and mentor with the SART Peers program. He has been a great help with the SART Peers program mentoring presentations and offering guidance to the students. He also took several hotline shifts over major holidays, helping support survivors through the sometimes difficult holiday season. Jovan has a very kind spirit and positive attitude, and we are so grateful to have him on our team of volunteers!
Jovan, 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 were to throw a party, it would be for Galentine’s Day. This is a day when all of you and your (gal) pals get together and love each other. Cinnamon rolls would be the main focus of this party. Everyone would be responsible for baking cinnamon rolls and we would all determine whose were the best.
This is a fun one, have you ever been told you look like a celebrity?
– When I was younger, my sister used to tell me I looked like Zayn Malik from One Direction. I’m not so sure I agree with her.
If you could choose anyone to be your mentor, who would it be and why?
– Recently, I’ve been reading a book titled “Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings” by Juana Maria Rodriguez. Rodriguez’s writing has been helpful in deconstructing my intersectional identities, and I would choose her as my mentor.
And finally Jovan, what do you enjoy most about volunteering at SAVA?
– Doing the work that we do at SAVA can be draining sometimes. Even so, it’s easy, especially as a volunteer, to feel like you’re not doing enough. Every time one of the SART Peers talks about a future in this work, a student in a classroom learns something new about sexual violence, or a caller on the Hotline hangs up feeling better than they did when they dialed in; I am reminded of how important this work is. As cheesy as it may sound, it is within these moments that I find the most reward and hope. Even if it feels like I could be spending more time and energy trying to change the world, I know that I am changing the world for some, and that is what I love about volunteering with SAVA.