Former VSS Volunteer Awarded by Seattle Federal Executive Board

Left to right: Chaun Benjamin Chair of SFEB, Maureen Causing, Robert McKenna former State Atty. General, and RADM David Throop, Commander Coast Guard District Thirteen.

We are proud to announce that former VSS volunteer, Maureen Causing, was awarded the Public Service Recognition Medal on May 8, 2019 at the Celebration of Public Service through the Seattle Federal Executive Board!

The Celebration of Public Service is the Seattle Federal Executive Board’s most highly regarded event. The purpose of the event is to recognize outstanding deeds of public service. Individuals and teams are nominated for exceptional accomplishments achieved during this past year. Nominations need to describe contributions made by the employee or team of employees that far exceed normal expectations. 

Annually, they celebrate the Federal Community and various outstanding accomplishments in public service. The ceremony recognizes the ideals and dedication to service that brought individuals and teams to this day. The Honorees’ passion for service allows them to reach out collectively to Veterans and Wounded Warriors. They focus on transportation needs along with environmental, food and safety concerns. The planning encompasses the needs of individuals with a disability, homeless individuals and families, and public safety for the community. Their positions vary; however, each one exemplifies leadership and compassion. Because of them, they have a strong bond of service.

Maureen came to VSS in July 2018 eager to learn and help those individuals that have been hurt or harmed by general crime. Employed by the U.S. Coast Guard, Maureen is a Victim Advocate helping those who have been victimized by sexual violence, as well as a Critical Incident Stress Management Peer. During her time at VSS, Maureen dedicated 745 on-call hours on the 24-hour statewide hotline, providing emotional support, crisis intervention, resources, and more.  Additionally, Maureen helped out at client and fundraising events, as well as other community events.

We are extremely grateful to Maureen for all she did for victims of crime.  She has a heart of gold, and always made us laugh when present. We sure will miss Maureen but she will always be part of the VSS team.

Congratulations, Maureen, this award is WELL deserved.  We are so proud of you!

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"With the help of VSS, you are empowered and encouraged to fight back and be pro-active. Then your conscience can be more at peace because you know you have taken some action to protest crimes inflicted on your loved one. It is sometimes your only consolation."

“The one takeaway for me in working with VSS is that it is a necessary organization. I know they are funded by grants and fundraisers but it’s something we need to make sure as a community that they have the funding needed because what they do for people in need doesn’t happen anywhere else. This is the only place that this happens and VSS helps with so many things.”

David Rose

Anchor, Q13 News and Host, Washington’s Most Wanted

“VSS is there when the unthinkable happens.  When a police officer knocks on your door and gives you tragic news, VSS helps navigate the court system, which can be very confusing. VSS is compassion, caring, and commitment. Commitment to once justice is done that victims and their families can move forward with their lives.”

Jennifer Gregerson

Mayor, City of Mukilteo

“VSS has been our partner in recovery and healing and a key part in what makes Mukilteo Strong. VSS has been a trusted advocate for the victims that have suffered so much in the community.  I’m so grateful to VSS as our partner in strength.”

Jon Nehring

Mayor, City of Marysville

“VSS is there for people in their darkest hour. At a time when they need an advocate and friend, VSS steps in to fill that gap and help them begin their journey back to some sense of normalcy.” 

Myrle Carner

Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound

“This thing about closure. There is never really closure in a victim’s life but VSS helps individuals to get closer to that and that’s critical because the cops and the judicial system just move on to another case because they don’t have time. Victims live with this trauma forever so VSS is with them for as long as they need the services. VSS takes the time, more importantly, they really care."

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