February Volunteer of the Month

MESA is pleased to spotlight Lindsey as our Volunteer of the Month. Lindsey is an invaluable part of our volunteer team. Lindsey has always been such a willing volunteer and makes every effort to participate in everything we do. Thank you, Lindsey, for your dedication to MESA and our community!

Let’s hear from Lindsey!

  1. What do you enjoy most about volunteering with MESA?
    I really like spending time with the other advocates. Everyone I’ve met through MESA has been so amazing.
  2. How long have you been with MESA?
    I finished training October 2017.
  3. What is your favorite dessert?
    Cinnamon rolls- Nothing’s better than a warm, frosted cinnamon roll.
  4. What is your biggest accomplishment to date?
    In high school I presented a workshop on inclusive sex ed at a conference for queer youth. I heard back from several members of the audience that it was really helpful and the first time they had ever felt included in and understood by the health education they were receiving. I’m still really proud of the presentation I put together and the impact it had.
  5. What is your favorite joke?
    Where does a mansplainer get his water? From a well, actually.
  6. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
    I think it’d be cool to be able to produce flame. I have perpetually cold hands and always forget about mugs of tea, so some warming ability would be really practical day to day (in addition to being a great party trick).

Interested in becoming a MESA volunteer? Apply today!

January Volunteer of the Month

MESA is pleased to spotlight Alyssa as our Volunteer of the Month. Alyssa is an invaluable part of our volunteer team. Alyssa has always been such a willing volunteer and makes every effort to participate in everything we do. Thank you, Alyssa, for your dedication to MESA and our community!

Let’s hear from Alyssa!

  1. What do you enjoy most about volunteering with MESA?
    I enjoy growing in relationships with fellow volunteers of the MESA community as we support one another through the important and challenging work we do. I am honored to be part of such a passionate and dedicated group of people.
  2. How long have you been with MESA?
    I have been with MESA for 3 years.
  3. If you could only bring three items to a deserted island, what would you bring?
    I would bring a smart yet willing companion, a large knife, and a hammock!
  4. How do you usually spend your Saturdays?
    I spend warm Saturdays catching up on fresh air and the cold ones catching up on shows, books and cuddles.
  5. What is your biggest accomplishment to date?
    Making the best soup the world has ever seen.
  6. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
    I want to have the ability to talk to animals because I know my cat has been trying to tell me something for years and it can’t still be “Feed me!” If only I could understand her after all this time!

Interested in becoming a MESA volunteer? Apply today!

 

 

Join MESA’s Spring 2018 Volunteer Training!

Do you want to be the change? Volunteer with MESA!

As a volunteer with MESA, you can:

  • Provide support, information, and advocacy in-person at the hospital or police department
  • Meet one-on-one with clients as part of healing and recovery
  • Assist with support groups
  • And more!

The dates for the Spring 2018 hotline advocate training are:

Monday 1/22, 6-9pm
Wednesday 1/24, 6-9pm
Saturday 1/27, 9am-3:30pm
Monday 1/29, 6-9pm
Wednesday 1/31, 6-9pm
Saturday 2/3, 9am-3:30pm
Monday 2/5, 6-9pm
Wednesday 2/7, 6-9pm
Monday 2/12, 6-9pm
(NO TRAINING Wednesday 2/14)
Monday 2/19, 6-9pm
Wednesday 2/21, 6-9pm


GET STARTED TODAY

Fill out a volunteer application and e-mail it to natalie@movingtoendsexualassault.org if you are interested in hotline response.

Applications are due Wednesday, January 17th.

Have questions? E-mail us at info@movingtoendsexualassault.org or call our office
at 303-443-0400.

 

December Volunteer of the Month

 

MESA is pleased to spotlight Mallory as our Volunteer of the Month. Mallory is an invaluable part of our volunteer team. Mallory has always been such a willing volunteer and makes every effort to participate in everything we do. Thank you, Mallory, for your dedication to MESA and our community!

Let’s hear from Mallory!

  1. What do you enjoy most about volunteering with MESA?
    I have really enjoyed the immediate acceptance into the MESA community. Even though I have only been volunteering for a short while, I see fellow volunteers and hospital staff throughout Boulder almost every day. The smiles and the hellos we share never fail to brighten my day. It is so amazing to feel so connected to this community in such a short amount of time.
  2. How long have you been with MESA?
    I have been volunteering with MESA for about a month and a half. I finished my training in October [2017].
  3. How do you usually spend your Saturdays?
    I spend my Saturdays doing the quintessential Boulder day. I like to wake up early to either take my puppy on a hike or go to the farmers market, and then I like to eat lunch on Pearl.
  4. What was the last book you read?
    “The Yacoubian Building” by Alaa al-Aswany. It is an Egyptian novel about social upheaval in 1990s Egypt. It was the most fascinating, yet heartbreaking novel I have read in a while.
  5. Who is your role model?
    In complete honesty, my role model changes every day because there are so many amazing people in the world. Right now, I am really excited about Patty Jenkins, the director of “Wonder Woman.”
  6. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
    I would be in multiple places at once so I could have more fun stories and experiences, and, of course, to get more things done.

Interested in becoming a MESA volunteer? Apply today!

November Volunteer of the Month

MESA is pleased to spotlight Gabby as our Volunteer of the Month. Gabby is an invaluable part of our volunteer team. Gabby has always been such a willing volunteer and makes every effort to participate in everything we do. Thank you, Gabby, for your dedication to MESA and our community!

Let’s hear from Gabby!

It really was a no brainer for me to choose to get involved in my community, and to be a part of changing the culture of sexual assault, an issue that has become so pervasive in our global community. I chose to get involved with MESA because there are simply too many “me too’s” in the world. It’s all around us, and more often more than not, we are naïve about how prevalent the issue is within the network of people that are a part of our lives.  Attention has been called to the issue of sexual violence, but not enough.  And too often, the matter is forgotten in the fast pace of life, when there isn’t a global story bringing it to attention.  Survivors don’t have the luxury of being able to forget.  Talking is important, but it’s not sufficient. Everyone needs to be held accountable for their actions, and that includes the responsibility of being involved in changing an issue that should be unacceptable.

I have been with MESA now for a year and a half, and I have loved every minute of my role in supporting survivors. MESA not only strives to provide security and support for survivors, but also works to create a safe place in the community for both survivors and volunteers alike. Sexual assault is relevant to every single persons life, in one way or another, and it should be something every person wants to take part in changing.  Survivors shouldn’t owe telling their story to attempt aiding change. There isn’t a day I don’t love being there to support survivors, whether that is through counseling or just being there to listen. But, the reality is, my job shouldn’t have to exist, and I hope there is a day in the near future where no more “me too’s” are added to the list, and where no one should have to fear being violated.

Interested in becoming a MESA volunteer? Apply today!

October Volunteer of the Month

 

MESA is pleased to spotlight Holly as our August Volunteer of the Month. Holly is an invaluable part of our volunteer team. Holly has always been such a willing volunteer and makes every effort to participate in everything we do. Thank you, Holly, for your dedication to MESA and our community!

Let’s hear from Holly!

  1. What do you enjoy most about volunteering with MESA?
    I love the community that we have. Everyone is so caring and supportive that I know if I ever had an issue I could go to anyone and instantly feel better.
  2. How long have you been with MESA?
    About 6 or 7 months now!
  3. What’s your personal theme song?
    I would have to say “Flawless” by Beyonce. I think it gives a lot of empowerment to women which I try to do every day and come on, we’re all flawless!
  4. What is your biggest accomplishment to date?
    I would say everything that MESA has given me. Signing up to be a volunteer and now being an intern and Super Group Leader. I love all the responsibilities I have and am very proud of the work that I do.
  5. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
    I would want to heal. This is the work that I try to do daily, but it is usually automatic. Although pain is important to grow, there are many things I wish I could heal immediately.
  6. Who is your role model?
    My grandmother is my biggest role model. She raised me to be the person I am and has overcome more than I could imagine.

Interested in becoming a MESA volunteer? Apply today!

August Volunteer of the Month

MESA is pleased to spotlight Katie as our August Volunteer of the Month. Katie is an invaluable part of our volunteer team. Katie has always been such a willing volunteer and makes every effort to participate in everything we do. Thank you, Katie, for your dedication to MESA and our community!

Let’s hear from Katie!

  1. What do you enjoy most about volunteering with MESA?
    I enjoy believing and supporting survivors in our community who are too frequently disbelieved and re-victimized by society. I also enjoy empathizing with and aiding secondary survivors, or those who are supporting survivors they know personally
  2. How long have you been with MESA?
    I worked with MESA and SPAN’s joint partnership Peers Building Justice for two years while in high school, and have been on the hotline since fall of 2011.
  3. What was the last book you read?
    Believer by David Axelrod.
  4. What is your biggest accomplishment to date?
    I was the deputy finance director for a 2014 Secretary of State campaign that fundraised a record-breaking amount for that office.
  5. What three items would you take with you to a deserted island?
    Water, a phone, and a boat.
  6. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
    I would have Sherlock-like powers of deduction so I could solve crimes and entertain people at dinner parties.

Interested in becoming a MESA volunteer? Apply today!

July 2017 Volunteer of the Month

MESA is pleased to spotlight Lizzie as our July Volunteer of the Month. Lizzie is an invaluable part of our volunteer team. Lizzie has always been such a willing volunteer and makes every effort to participate in everything we do. Thank you, Lizzie, for your dedication to MESA and our community!

Let’s hear from Lizzie!

  1. What do you enjoy most about volunteering with MESA?
    I feel like we’re living in such turbulent times that it’s easy for me to get overwhelmed and begin to feel powerless. I wanted to give back to my community and put some love into the world. I’m a survivor myself and this work gives my pain a purpose; I appreciate being able to use my experiences to help others feel more supported and less alone.
  2. How long have you been with MESA?
    I graduated from the training program last Fall [2016].
  3. How do you usually spend your Saturdays?
    I like playing outside! I’m a big fan of tent camping, kayaking and canoeing (it’s the Minnesota in me). Taking my dirt bike into the mountains is great self-care for me. I really enjoy relaxing with close friends over bluegrass, beer and games. And taking naps snuggled up with my cat.
  4. What is your biggest accomplishment to date?
    Simply getting to this point in my life. 🙂 I’ve had my fair share of pretty tough curve balls thrown at me and I think I’ve been able to stay positive, focus on the learning opportunities and not lose hope. I’ve worked really hard to keep my sense of humor and integrity intact.
  5. What is your favorite joke?
    What time does Sean Connery get to Wimbledon? Tennish.
  6. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
    The ability to turn water into really, really, really good coffee.

Interested in becoming a MESA volunteer? Apply today!

June 2017 Volunteer of the Month

MESA is pleased to spotlight Liesy as our June Volunteer of the Month. Liesy is an invaluable part of our volunteer team. Liesy has always been such a willing volunteer and makes every effort to participate in everything we do. Thank you, Liesy, for your dedication to MESA and our community!

Let’s hear from Liesy!

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I have only been with Mesa since March and working on the hotline since May, so [being chosen as volunteer of the month] came as a complete surprise to me. I am very grateful, but, truth be told, I am just glad to help in any way I can. The real joy of working at MESA for me is the tangible difference volunteers make by just being there and working with all people who are affected by the sexual assault epidemic of our world. Being an advocate for community members and teaching my friends and loved ones about how to tangibly make a difference, instead of just hoping for someone else to combat sexual assault, is what makes me want to keep doing more.

As it is for all of us, sexual assault has an intrinsic influence on my life. I have been doing advocacy work informally with my friends and family for years. As I am sure all volunteers have experienced, I’ve been thanked by strangers for just showing up at events and helping with such a difficult subject; It really puts this work in perspective. Donating a little time every month is not that much effort for me, and I am excited and happy to do anything to help heal and expand how MESA helps survivors and creates open dialogue with the community.

It feels a little strange being such a newcomer and being thanked for the work that so many have done before me, but it shows how much everyone needs MESA. Given our current political climate, it’s even more rewarding to give any extra help I can to an organization that is indirectly under attack by ignorance and fear. We [volunteers] all do such great work by holding space for pain, and creating an environment where people can get the help they need, subsequently creating a ripple effect through our own personal spheres of influence. I am honored and glad to be doing work that makes such a difference to even one person’s life. That’s what it’s about for me, just being there for one person.

Interested in becoming a MESA volunteer? Apply today!

Canine Classic 5k Winner Results Are In!

The Canine Classic was a wonderful success with a warm, sunny finish to warm participants and their pooches. The highlight of the event was afterward, watching all of the lovable, four-legged friends strut their stuff in the Dog Trick Contest. We can’t wait to share more! Stay tuned for pictures to follow!

Check out who took home the big win. Click HERE!