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 recognize Kendra, our July Volunteer of the Month! Kendra is one of our amazing hotline advocates. She not only makes herself available for regularly scheduled shifts throughout the month, but frequently takes any shifts that need immediate coverage! When we had a last minute cancellation, we called Kendra on a day she wasn’t scheduled to volunteer, and she accompanied a survivor to the hospital to provide in-person support! Kendra also volunteers for many of our community events, and even spent the day with us gardening and cleaning up the Fort Collins office! Thank you Kendra for all that you do. We are lucky to work with you!
Kendra, 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?
Oh man, that’s a great question. It would probably be an animal party. It would be for all of the animal lovers in the world, and they could bring all of their fur babies for a backyard bash. There would be kiddie pools with slides for the adventurous ones, and shady grass for those who would like to nap.
This is a fun one, have you ever been told you look like a celebrity?
Why yes, in fact, I have. So much so, that I made some fun comparison photos several years ago! I have been told that I look like Cameron Diaz and Julia Styles. I will let you be the judge of that. (You’re welcome.)
If you could choose anyone to be your mentor, who would it be and why?
I wouldn’t say that I have just one person or figure in my mind. I believe that so much can be learned from people as they come in and out of our lives, or when crossing paths. I would love to learn as much goodness from everyone I meet. I firmly believe that all people have innate goodness and light inside of themselves that we can all learn and grow from, even from folks who we don’t agree with, see eye to eye, or even like. Let’s also be real here, I would also absolutely just be beside myself if I was able to get some one-on-one time with Michelle and Barack Obama. Those two brought some serious passion into my life.
And finally Kendra, what do you enjoy most about volunteering at SAVA?
– I love everything about volunteering with SAVA. I love being a part of such an amazingly powerful group of people. I enjoy working with staff, other volunteers, and survivors who all come from such diverse backgrounds, yet we are all tied together by a common thread of love, respect, and passion for those around us. I feel incredibly privileged to be allowed into some of the darkest experiences in peoples’ lives, and be able to sit, support, listen, and just be with survivors.