July Volunteer Spotlight

June 28, 2018

Meet Katherine, our spotlight volunteer for the month of July! Katherine has two brothers and is the oldest of the 3. She attends GREEN Charter School and is a rising 5th grader. Katherine loves volunteering and has a strong desire to help those in need in her community.

One of Katherine’s greatest joys is helping at her church. She has volunteered as a caregiver for children younger than her while parents attend service, and as part of a regular daddy-daughter activity, she volunteers at the local soup kitchen in Greenville.

Katherine turned 10 years old last month and her birthday wish was to take some of her own savings (plus money she received from friends and relatives) and give this back to her community. She looked at a couple local organizations and Safe Harbor’s mission immediately caught her attention.

Katherine’s father played an especially helpful role by printing out pages from the Safe Harbor  website so that Katherine could learn more about the programs and services offered, and how others can get involved. Katherine’s father said that his daughter was so excited to share with the rest of the family that she wanted to give to Safe Harbor and all that they stand for!


Not only did Katherine choose to generously give her birthday money and savings to Safe Harbor, but she also has visited her neighbors and told them about her choice of donating to Safe Harbor. By doing this, Katherine has helped raise awareness about Safe Harbor, break the silence around domestic violence, and has invited her neighbors to get involved by encouraging them to donate items from the Safe Harbor wish-list. Katherine kept a record of who donated what so that she would be sure to thank neighbors for their kindness later.

Katherine is proof that volunteers can make a difference at any age. We thank her for being an inspiration, a light for others, and supporting the work that we do!

I am a survivor of domestic violence.

“I didn’t know that I was being abused...

I am a survivor of domestic violence.

“I didn’t know that I was being abused because my definition of abuse looked different. My husband pushed me, but most of my suffering was verbal and psychological. I left my husband to protect our young daughter. Almost immediately I felt the weight of his oppression begin to lift. I could see a difference in my daughter as well. Then he broke into my home and assaulted me in-front of her.

I sought help and was led to Safe Harbor. My daughter and I are in counseling now. I am sorting out the mess that abuse has caused. I am finding my voice and seeking opportunities to grow and better my life as well as my daughter's. She will gauge her self-worth from my own self-worth. I must show her that she deserves the best, by expecting the best for myself.

Many years I suffered in silence. By telling my story and being honest with friends and family, I am taking control of my life again.”

- Beth



When you give to Safe Harbor, 82 cents of every dollar goes directly to our intervention services and prevention initiatives to break the cycle of domestic violence in the Upstate of South Carolina. 

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We are available to provide domestic violence education and information about Safe Harbor’s services through speaking engagements, trainings, workshops and awareness campaigns.





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