BE A VOLUNTEER
Working to end violence
BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION!
The support provided by our dedicated volunteers enables the Women’s Center to reach an average of 30,000 people each year.
Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.
How to Become a Volunteer
SERVICE ABOVE SELF AWARD
The Women’s Center’s Service Above Self Award was established to recognize individuals who demonstrate dedication and commitment to our mission and the services we provide throughout our 13-town region. It is, as the name of the award connotes, someone who puts service above themselves.
This year’s recipient, Peggy Gisonny, received our Service Above Self Award due to her ongoing commitment to the mission of the Women’s Center. Peggy was a Direct Service Volunteer at the Women’s Center for the past 10 years. She worked onsite answering the hotlines and counseling those in need of assistance. Peggy, along with her husband and two children, moved to New Fairfield, CT from Long Island in 1995. While living on Long Island, she worked as a registered nurse in the medical/surgical unit, eventually leaving employment to be a full-time mom. She was also a long-time volunteer with the Community Service Club of New Fairfield, and currently volunteers with Guiding Eyes for the Blind as a Puppy Socializer.
When she became an ’empty nester’, Peggy was looking for a new challenging volunteer opportunity that would help make a difference in the lives of women. She found that role at the Women’s Center. While her work with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault was emotionally difficult at times, it also proved to be very rewarding. She particularly enjoyed working with and learning from the staff. She is in awe of the dedication and sacrifices made by all who work and volunteer at the Women’s Center, and is very thankful that she had the opportunity to be a part of such an important organization. Peggy looks forward to more world travels with her husband and plans to continue supporting the Women’s Center.