A four-year volunteer with No Silence No Violence, Marian Gerdes hosts support groups for survivors of domestic violence. Her warmth, dedication and commitment to creating a safe space for survivors to meet has been such an asset to NSNV — especially during the pandemic.
For almost a year, Marian has been hosting twice monthly, online support groups, which have been a much-needed lifeline for local survivors looking for resources and community support.
Get to know Marian in this issue’s volunteer spotlight interview.
Why do you volunteer with No Silence No Violence?
I started volunteering with NSNV because I am also a survivor of domestic violence. I wish there had been an organization like NSNV available to me at the time. I personally understand the need to have a support system of other people who know exactly what you’re going through available so that you don’t feel like you are the only one going through this. Unless you’ve walked in the shoes of these women, you really don’t understand where they’re coming from and what they are going through on a daily basis. I’m blessed to be able to give back and provide them with support that I did not have. To be able to share your story and for other women to say “me too!” is priceless!
What is your most impactful memory from volunteering?
When I heard that one of our ladies was dancing in her new apartment because it was hers and she was free from the tyranny that ruled her life! She saw the possibilities life had to offer her! I want every survivor to experience that moment of freedom!
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