The Rape Recovery Center (RRC) could not do the work we do without our incredible volunteers. In 2017 the 117 individuals on our volunteer force provided 11,938 hours of service, a value of $143,246! One of the fabulous individuals on our volunteer team is Melissa Tingey, who has been an advocate on our 24 hour crisis line for the past 3 years. We reached out to Melissa to find out more about her, and her experience volunteering at the center. Check out our interview with Melissa below!
What inspired you to volunteer your time with us? Wanting to help in the community, and make a difference when someone needed someone there to listen and offer assistance.
If you could pick any superpower, what would be and why? To make everyone laugh, knowing that I was able to brighten someone's day for a good reason seems like a great power to me.
What is your dream vacation destination? Europe
One thing that would surprise someone to learn about me is...I did gymnastics growing up, and coached for several years after.
What have you learned from your time volunteering with the RRC? Sometimes it doesn't matter your experience or what you know, but rather your willingness to help others.
What would you say to people considering volunteering their time to the Rape Recovery Center? You never know when you would be in a situation that you would need services from others, choose to be that person that can offer the services.
On behalf of all of us at the Rape Recovery Center we thank Melissa for dedicating over 400 hours of volunteer service to the center, and for her commitment to survivors!
If you are interested in joining the Rape Recovery Center's volunteer team, visit our volunteer page here to learn more.