Meet Adrienne, DSVS Hospital Accompaniment and ADAPT volunteer!
Six Things to Know about Adrienne
1. I have worked in Fairfax County for 13 years as a probation counselor for Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. I have been volunteering for about 3 years.
2. I enjoy volunteering because it is a way to pay it forward and I want to assist those less fortunate than me and provide support to those in need. As for volunteering for this program, it was because I wanted to be able to support victims in need, and I saw the rise in sexual and domestic assaults on individuals, especially children.
3. The most challenging part of being a volunteer is knowing you have done all you can do. It’s as simple as saying you believe in someone--that is enough. My biggest concern is not being able to assist enough and failing the client.
4. The most rewarding part of volunteering is knowing I was able to support the client and provide them with services to assist them along the way.
5. I have learned volunteering is not only for the person, but for self. It helps a person to feel good and not expect anything in return.
6. Future DSVS volunteers: Be open minded and listen to the needs of the client and assist them by what they need, not what you need. It’s about the client, not you!
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