Volunteer Spotlight – S. Marcel DeJonckheere
Volunteer Spotlight: S. Marcel DeJonckheere
End Slavery Cincinnati’s volunteers ensure that each week we are able to go out and make a difference in our community. We want to make sure our volunteers know how much they are appreciated, so we will be doing a few volunteer spotlights throughout this year. Our very first volunteer spotlight is S. Marcel DeJonckheere. From street outreach, to training, to countless efforts to coordinate donations – from fruit snacks to hand-knitted scarves, Marcel has proven time and time again how special she is as a volunteer and a supporter of End Slavery Cincinnati. We are thankful to have her as a part of our team, and want to share a little more about her with you
Q: Tell me a little about yourself (what is your profession and background?)
A: I have been a Sister of Charity for 56 years, serving as a dietitian, college professor, and elementary school teacher. Presently, I am on the admissions team at DePaul Cristo Rey High School.
Q: Why did you decide to be a volunteer at End Slavery Cincinnati?
A: The day after hearing that the average age of young girls being trafficked was between 11 and 13, I received a call from my 12 year old great niece, Emma, telling me that her team had won their soccer game. I thought to myself, “That’s what 12 year olds should be doing!” I knew I had to get involved.
Q: What inspires you as a volunteer?
A: What inspires me as a volunteer is the opportunity to offer compassion and hope to women. My message is “You matter; we care; and there is help.” We don’t get to see happy endings, but the gratitude and smiles are priceless. I am also inspired by the dedication of the ESC staff.
Q: Do you have any advice for someone who is considering becoming a volunteer?
A: My advice to prospective volunteers is if you feel drawn to this but are hesitant because you aren’t sure you could do it; sign up for the 2 hour training session. It’s very good and will prepare you. You will always be with an experienced group when doing outreach. We’d be glad to have you!
To learn more about End Slavery Cincinnati volunteer opportunities, please click here.
January 18, 2017
Author: Emily Wright, MSW Fellow