Interview with Emma Benner, Volunteer and Board Member
Working with Healing Companions has been an amazing experience – but don’t just take my word for it! Read about why one of our volunteers and board members loves volunteering at Healing Companions. Sara Stajcic
What motivates you to volunteer?
Emma: I am motivated to volunteer because I love knowing that I have an impact on the community and am able to help an organization that I am passionate about. It is fun to work with the other volunteers in this organization.
Why did you choose to volunteer at Healing Companions in particular?
Emma: I decided to volunteer because I love working with both people with disabilities and dogs. I love the healing powers that service dogs have on people that are struggling. They can change their whole life around. This organization is helping to place service dogs with people that need them and I am so encouraged to do my part in helping to grow the organization and help as many people as possible.
Could you tell me a bit more about the work you do at Healing Companions?
Emma: My primary responsibility is social media marketing through Twitter. I come up with the content and connect with the community through Twitter. I also serve as a member on the board so I meet with a few other board members to discuss visions, goals, fundraising, etc.
How has the experience been so far? What do you like about it?
Emma: I love working with Healing Companions. It is so fun to see the passion that the other volunteers, especially the founder Jane Miller, has for bettering the lives of others. One of my favorite parts that might not be known is that the dogs are rescue dogs so it is not only giving the people a better life but also giving the dogs a loving home.
What is your message for anyone who is thinking about volunteering?
Emma: I would just really encourage others to help. People do not need to make a big commitment to help volunteer because every amount of time or money helps. I am certain that everyone has a skill that could help this organization. It is such a great experience and they will not regret it!