Meet Emily Hendrickson, Data Analyst Volunteer!
How long have you been volunteering? How long have you held this role in Fairfax County?
I have been volunteering in this role since January 2021.
Why volunteer? Why volunteer for this specific program?
The Department of Family Services' Domestic and Sexual Violence Services focuses on the care of women, men, teens and children who are victims of unfortunate circumstances. I believe you should help where help is needed, and this is a cause I have always felt deserved attention.
Talk about how you overcome the most challenging parts of volunteering.
Some of the most difficult parts of my particular position (data analyst) is seeing the sheer amount of violence that happens. But for every incidence where something occurs, I remind myself of how I am helping these people in my own small way. Even though data may seem slightly removed from the incident, I believe the work itself is inherently important in helping the people on the ground make informed decisions on how best to help victims.
What is the best part of volunteering? Share your most memorable experience.
The best part of volunteering, aside from helping others, is working with some pretty amazing people. I work closely with one person (Didier Stom) and have had a great time connecting with him on shared passions and the work!
What advice do you have for people who may be thinking about becoming a DSVS volunteer?
My advice would be do what you can. If all you can do is a few hours on the computer or phone a week, that is fine. You can help in a multitude of ways; it does not all have to be boots on the groundwork. Anything helps!
What do you wish you could do more of as a volunteer?
I wish I had more time to volunteer! But other than that, I would say I wish we had a few more get togethers in person as volunteers but I understand with our current situation that is not ideal.
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