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Why I Volunteer

By Jeri D., Volunteer RESTORE Advocate

I started volunteering for RESTORE in 2016. A book I was reading, I can’t remember the name of it now, left me with the feeling that I had to start giving back to the community, even if I was working full-time. I’m not exactly sure why, but when I started thinking about what I wanted to do, I found myself drawn to helping people who had survived sexual assaults. A google search immediately led me to RESTORE. 

I had planned to start the training in February, but my dog had passed away a few weeks prior and I needed time to mourn. Everyone at RESTORE was very sympathetic and flexible, so I became part of the fall training class. The training was outstanding, and I felt well prepared to face the challenges that this type of advocacy and support requires. I will always be grateful for that education. I also like that volunteers are required to get at least 10 hours of additional training every year.

A picture of PPCWNY Volunteer Jeri, wearing sunglasses standing in front of sunflowers