"My time spent volunteering with Spokane COPS was overall a very fulfilling experience. I began my internship not really knowing what to expect, and left with a feeling that not only will I miss the organization and the people therein, but that I had contributed to making a positive difference in the Spokane community. I think what had the biggest impact was the overwhelming kindness of the other volunteers that I worked with. I was splitting my time across three different COPS shops for the duration of my time, and I very quickly noticed a pattern of friendly, helpful, and welcoming volunteers. As the new guy in an unfamiliar environment, I was naturally a little nervous about fitting in with the organization. These apprehensions were banished, however, within my first shift by the warmness of my fellow volunteers.
The attitude of helping and support did not stop at me either. In fact, far from it. In my observation, the kindness and camaraderie shown by volunteers to one another was extended tenfold to the citizens that came in looking for help. If I’m being honest, I was a little surprised that some of the volunteers could be on the job for as long as they have without getting burned out. But instead, they were well practiced at treating each new citizen as just that: a citizen and a member of the community, never a number or another work project to be completed and passed on.
- Daniel M.