Pillars of Change

Celebrating Sanctuary’s Volunteers

Celebrate Our Volunteers

Due to the current crisis, we are unable to gather in person at our annual volunteer recognition event, Pillars of Change. Throughout National Volunteer Week from April 19th to April 25th, please visit our website as well as our social media pages as we share more from our honorees, volunteer pictures and stories, and the Volunteer Program will answer questions submitted from all of you.

For more information about Sanctuary’s Volunteer Program, please click here or contact Jessica Francois Jessica Francois, Manager of Volunteer Relations (212.349.6009 x285).



Since our beginning, in 1984, Sanctuary for Families has relied on volunteers to help fulfill our mission of fostering safety, healing, and self-determination for survivors of domestic violence and related forms of gender violence.

Today, Sanctuary provides direct services to nearly 10,500 individuals and their children each year. While the backbone of our work is done by over 230 magnificent colleagues, their capacity is enormously expanded by our vast network of volunteers and interns, which includes over 3,000 people who volunteer their time and resources each year. We are proud to engage volunteers in a range of activities; from children’s tutoring to translation services, interview preparation with clients to support with our many events.

All of us at Sanctuary send our deepest appreciation to each and every one of you who so generously give your support in many ways.

We are thrilled to recognize seven individuals for their exceptional service. Here are the seven 2020 “Pillars of Change” honorees:

  • Ashley Tsai & Nelson Lin: For organizing the annual 500 mile “Sanctuary ride”, raising thousands for Sanctuary for Families, and for their in-office volunteerism and additional fundraising for over five years.
  • Caitlin Hickerson: For her exceptional leadership of student volunteers from Horace Mann School, and over 15 years of dedicated volunteerism.
  • Dianna Scotece: For creating the first survivor-led and trauma-informed strength training program, and raising funds for Sanctuary through her “Women of Iron” event.
  • Gabrielle Marshall: For over two years of steadfast support of children receiving services at Sanctuary’s transitional shelter and at the Bronx Family Justice Center.
  • Lynne Hyman: For her inspiring work within Sanctuary’s Legal Center, providing stellar advocacy and direct support to clients.
  • Manasi Khedlekar: For her devoted, trauma-informed interpreting for a client seeking asylum with Sanctuary’s Immigration Intervention Project.