Volunteer Appreciation Week

In honor of Volunteer Appreciation Week, VSS would like to take a moment to honor Belinda Gloyd, our longest standing volunteer EVER!
We asked Belinda to share a few words, and here is what she said:
“Volunteering is a great way to feel a belonging to the community in which you live.  When I look to volunteer, I look at the who the agency serves and the support I will receive as a volunteer.  I chose VSS for these reasons about 13 years ago and have never looked back.  
“First, volunteering at VSS has changed my life for the better in that I get to work with clients who allow me into their lives in order to help them in a very traumatic time in their life.  I have had many opportunities to do various tasks with VSS and I currently volunteer on the crisis hotline. I always feel honored when I talk to a client, hear their story and then am able to offer assistance, even if it is just offering an ear to listen.  I am also amazed at the resiliency of the clients when dealing with a life-changing event and have learned some very important life lessons from these clients.  I know that telling their story is extremely difficult and sometimes heart-wrenching, but being able to offer assistance in this difficult time in their life is why I continue volunteering at VSS.  
“Second, the support I receive from the VSS staff is amazing.  The staff at VSS are busy, but are always available if I have a question, need to debrief a call, or just brainstorm ideas in order to help a client.  The staff is very knowledgeable and freely offers their assistance as needed.  As a volunteer, I feel very supported and appreciated at VSS.
“In conclusion, volunteering at VSS has become an important part of my life.  If you are thinking about a volunteer opportunity, VSS is a great place to volunteer!”
Here are a few words about Belinda from her supervisor, Leslie:
“During her time as a volunteer, Belinda has displayed a strong commitment to excellence in service and dedication.  Belinda has shown herself to be thoughtful, intelligent, and able to problem-solve quickly for the best results.  She has the strong ability to listen to clients and work with them in ways that clients in crisis have found helpful. Belinda respects clients and never makes judgments, she is always ready with the critical thinking skills needed to work unsupervised, in crisis intervention, in the wee hours of the night and respect the privacy and confidentiality of our clients.  Belinda’s strong commitment to Victim Support Services is very clear. She is always willing to help in any way she can, and I am forever grateful for her.”
Belinda, thank you for all that you do for victims of crime!  

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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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