Pillars of Change: Celebrating Sanctuary's Volunteers

Every year, Sanctuary for Families honors volunteers who have demonstrated exceptional service. Volunteers are essential to Sanctuary's ability to provide high-quality, personalized care to victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking.

Thursday, May 1st, 2014
6:00-8:00 PM

The Atrium at Hogan Lovells LLP
875 Third Avenue, 25th Floor (Map)

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Sanctuary is so grateful to the thousands of volunteers who support the organization and those who seek our help by generously providing their skills, dedication and resources.

The 2014 Pillars of Change Volunteer Honorees:

  • Kevitt Adler
  • Beth Burkhardt
  • Connie Cosner
  • Jane Kopelman and Kelly (pet assisted therapy dog)
  • Gerri Woods and Horace Mann's Women's Issues Group

*Photographs by Natalie Broulette.


2013 Volunteer Honorees:

  • Terry Kobel: for her contributions as a founding member of Sanctuary’s Career Advancement Network and as an active member of the Legal Advisory Council, who has also been a constant volunteer at Zero Tolerance and other special events and mailings.
  • Christine Scott: for her dedication in pioneering Deloitte’s corporate partnership with Sanctuary’s Economic Empowerment Program, recruiting volunteers to teach clients in the Office Operations Workshop and volunteering much of her own time to help with the program.
  • Jonathan So: for his work as a dedicated volunteer attorney in Sanctuary’s Legal Center, representing victims of domestic violence in Family Law proceedings. 
  • Lisa Vargas: for tutoring numerous Sanctuary clients in computer skills and ESL, and for being one of Sanctuary’s most consistent Spanish document translators for the past few years.     
  • Arielle Kauvar: Virtual Volunteer Award – for generously volunteering her professional expertise, providing pro bono laser treatments on one of Sanctuary’s clients to remove a tattoo of her trafficker’s name.

            2012 Volunteer Honorees:

            • Mary Block: for her devotion to tutoring the same child at Sanctuary for over two years, while also volunteering with miscellaneous tasks at our transitional shelter and helping with mailings and special events.
            • Jennifer Chaitman: for 'fostering' pets of Sanctuary clients in order to bring peace to their families as they make changes to their living situations, and for her active participation in the Mothers Council.
            • Frances Kazan: for her dedication to Sarah Burke House through consistent volunteer support in the childcare program, generous in-kind donations, and consistently helping with various special projects at both SBH and the Manhattan Office.
            • Ellen Weldon: Virtual Volunteer Award - for her years of pro bono service creating hand-lettered certificates for the Abely Awards and Pillars of Change, and hosting "The Big Write" annually at her studio to raise funds for Sanctuary.

            2011 Volunteer Honorees:

            • Fikre Deneke: for his dedication to helping Sanctuary in any way possible, from tutoring to mailings and special events to tailoring Citi's Financial Education curriculum for our clients.
            • Robin Kupersmith: for her years of service to Sanctuary as a paralegal on pro bono cases, as a volunteer and Benefit Committee member for Zero Tolerance, and as an integral member of the Pro Bono Council.
            • Joan Lawless: for supporting Sanctuary's Legal Center as a reliable administrative volunteer over three years, donating to the Adopt-a-Family program annually, and tirelessly volunteering for numerous special events and mailings.
            • Nancy Lazar: for her years of pro bono legal assistance through Davis, Polk & Wardwell, and her extraordinarily generous support of Sanctuary's annual holiday drive through children's gift donations.
            • Kate Hyde: Virtual Volunteer Award - for her years of lending graphic design support for events and agency communications, all from her home in Massachusetts.

            2010 Volunteer Honorees:

              • Suzanne Davis: for her commitment to clients at Sarah Burke House over the last five years, teaching computer classes to women and providing one-on-one tutoring to children while also providing support to staff.
              • Dr. John McIvor: for leading students at the Horace Mann School to hold the annual holiday party for 250-300 Sanctuary clients each year.
              • Anna Harrington: for her longtime dedication, support and contributions to Sanctuary's Zero Tolerance Benefit.
              • Jennifer Friedland: for her support of Sanctuary's clients, helping with our annual Back to School Bash, filling client holiday wish lists, using her skills as an attorney in our Legal Center, and being an active member of the Mothers Council. 

              2009 Volunteer Honorees:

              • Gina Gibney: for the innovative dance and movement workshops that the Gina Gibney Dance Company has run for the women and children served by Sanctuary.
              • Angela Karides: for her dedication tutoring, serving as a volunteer children’s group leader, helping with special events, and serving on the Zero Tolerance Benefit and Dinner Committee.
              • Maggie Romine: for her tireless coordination of Citi’s volunteer work with Sanctuary.
              • MK Wong: for her long-time commitment and dedication to planning Sanctuary’s Zero Tolerance Benefit.