Volunteer Spotlight: Emily Wipper
She began as an intern at JF&CS in August 2011, and for two more months Emily Wipper stayed at JF&CS as a volunteer. Why did she stay? Because she felt there was more to be done.
“JF&CS is a top organization and I knew that this place would be a great opportunity,” she said.
When Emily interned for JF&CS, she primarily worked with Counseling Services – Tools for Life’s Shalom Bayit Program. Shalom Bayit means “peace in the home” and the program offers assistance to those facing emotional or sexual abuse, or physical violence in their families or relationships. Through this program, she was able to step outside of the office and do some outreach work with clients.
Two months since her internship ended, Emily became a volunteer and assisted with the PAL program, which is Atlanta’s Jewish Big Brother/Big Sister program that provides mentorship to children. Along with this program, she did some intake with careers, counseling and management.
“I was able to put my people skills to work,” Emily said. “I met great people volunteering that I would not have gotten to know by interning.”
One experience that Emily will never forget is the time when she was working with a survivor of domestic abuse. After a counseling meeting, the client left Emily a message that said, “Please remain kind.” This message brought tears to Emily’s eyes because she was very touched.
Emily’s response: “This woman was an amazing individual.”
Wendy Lipshutz, director of Shalom Bayit Program, had the pleasure of having Emily as her intern. While Emily helped out with many projects, she focused on counseling with women and children affected by abuse. Wendy noticed Emily’s positive connections with the clients.
“Emily is very energetic, enthusiastic and compassionate,” Wendy said. “She hears the clients and connects with them, and she uses activities, such as art to let them express themselves.”
It was hard for Emily to say goodbye to the staff at JF&CS, but she received a job offer in Boston and is ready for the next chapter of her life to begin.
Emily added, “I met pretty stellar members of the community, and I have memories that I will never forget.”
For more information on volunteering with the Counseling Services - Tools for Life division, please contact 770.677.9448 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.