Every month, Sarah’s Inn nominates a volunteer to be our Volunteer of The Month. Ryan Trygg was nominated as August’s Volunteer of The Month. Ryan joined the Sarah’s Inn team in November 2019. Our Volunteer and In-Kind Coordinator, Mariam, asked Ryan about his experiences as a volunteer.

  1. How long have you been volunteering with us, and how did you hear about Sarah’s Inn?

“I have been volunteering for almost two years and heard about Sarah’s Inn from a friend who is a fellow Returned Peace Corp Volunteer.”

  1. What have you enjoyed about volunteering with Sarah’s Inn?

“I like being able to assist people in need, I believe it is important for people to volunteer in their communities. I enjoy talking with people and when it's needed, providing a fresh perspective or a helpful resource. Sarah’s Inn allows me the chance to give back, which is a welcome sense of fulfillment.”

  1. Every month, you take on a few regular shifts. How do you find ways to fit volunteering into your schedule?

“Sarah’s Inn makes it flexible for someone who wants to volunteer, because you have the ability to take regular shifts (shifts that are consistent every month), or not. It’s good for me to do this on a consistent schedule that doesn't change. Because I do take on the same shifts it has become a regular part of my week, and the people in my life also respect that time.”

  1. What made you want to volunteer at a Domestic Violence Agency?

“I wanted to find a place that was servicing at-risk populations, and I felt that based on my own past experiences, an organization that serves domestic violence victims would be rewarding.” 

  1. Some people may find it difficult to balance working, volunteering, and their personal lives. Why do you think it is important for folks to find the time to volunteer?

“I have asked the Volunteer and In-Kind Coordinator for extra volunteering opportunities since it helps me get out of my work mind. I get caught up in work a lot and I’ve found that it helps me prioritize time to something else that is productive but in a different way. Volunteering is net positive in communities when it provides needed service to the recipient while also being rewarding for the volunteer. ”

  1. Why should people volunteer at Sarah’s Inn?

“Sarah’s Inn has a need for crisis line volunteers since people call in for help 24 hours a day. This is something I have experienced first hand from taking crisis line shifts every other week. There is a need, because we unfortunately have not solved domestic violence as a community yet.” 

Thank you Ryan for volunteering with Sarah’s Inn. If you are interested in volunteering, the best way to get involved is by emailing volunteering@sarahsinn.org, where you will be able to learn more about volunteering opportunities that are available to you.