Words from a Volunteer

In honor of Volunteer Appreciation Week, we think it’s important to honor our volunteers, not only current ones, but former volunteers as well. Liza Sanguinetti volunteered as a Hotline Advocate for the last 2 ½ years.  Liza came to VSS eager to help people and learn more about victim services in Washington State, where at the time, she had just moved to. Liza recently relocated out of state, and so, we had to say our goodbyes.  But, once someone is part of the VSS family, they forever remain part of our small, but amazing family. Upon Liza’s exit, she left us with some very kind words that we wanted to share.

Thank you VSS for this great opportunity. My heart has opened up to the great pain, pressures, and vulnerability of many who find themselves facing unexpected trails and heartbreak.

The VSS format is great in that it offers compassionate and practical support. The partner agencies with VSS offer great support and follow-up.

I was impressed with the amazing Core Training that VSS offers not only for its staff and volunteers, but others in the “people care” business. It is very comprehensive and fun to participate in.

VSS staff and volunteers are strongly committed to serving clients in need through a great network.

Personally, I found this agency to be a blessing to me in allowing my desire to serve God’s people and while I have mostly done this through faith-based ministries, VSS was exactly the opportunity needed at this time in my life. I pray that I was able to bless at least one person.

Please receive my greatest appreciation for this valuable opportunity to serve.

Leslie, Janet, Julie and all will always have a special place in my heart. I will consider myself forever a part of VSS.

Liza, thank you for your services and sharing your big heart with others.  We are forever grateful to you and we know that you impacted so many lives, and will continue to.  Thank 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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