When people meet Nisha they notice two things: she’s always smiling and she’s a very good listener. But for a while, Nisha was holding a lot inside.
She grew up in a family that believed in helping other people. Even simple things like opening the door or getting a coffee for someone. So when she started Women and Gender Studies in university, she decided to become a volunteer for a couple of hours a week at Interval House. At first it was part of a school project, but she found it meaningful and she wanted to continue.
Nisha helps out at the shelter by sorting donations, choosing the used clothing and other items for the boutiques. She often has the opportunity to chat with residents at the house and has found it “eye-opening” and also motivating. Now a single mom of an infant and a 3-year-old, she says she left an abusive relationship and knows firsthand how important the programs are to women fleeing abuse.
Every time Nisha volunteers at Interval House, she enjoys the feeling that she can help other women in some way. In the future she’d like to do a Master’s degree or perhaps go to law school, but in the meantime, she plans to continue volunteering at the shelter whenever her schedule allows. Carefully sorting through donated items such as purses and shoes, Nisha enjoys knowing that she’s contributing to making the women’s lives better through her volunteer work.
Volunteers are critical to daily life at Interval House and take on a broad range of activities. If you’re interested in volunteering, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-924-1411 ext. 233.