Pillars of Change

Celebrating Sanctuary’s Volunteers

Thank you to everyone who joined us at this year’s Pillars of Change! It was amazing to see volunteers, staff, friends, and family gather to celebrate our incredible honorees — Marvin and Laura, Ariella, Valentina, and Simon — and recognize all volunteers for their dedication to Sanctuary and survivors of gender violence.

Meet our Honorees

For more information about Sanctuary’s Volunteer Program, please contact Hope Ortego, Manager of Volunteer Relations.

Every year, Sanctuary partners with over 3,000 volunteers, interns, and pro bono attorneys to provide direct services to more than 7,200 adult and child survivors of gender-based violence. We are proud to engage volunteers in various activities, from children’s tutoring to translation services, interview preparation with clients, to organizing drives to provide necessary in-kind donations to our shelters.

Learn more about volunteering at Sanctuary and join us to make a difference.


2023 Pillars of Change Honorees

Marvin and Laura Reiskin: For going above and beyond to leverage their established networks to create upskilling opportunities for Economic Empowerment Program participants.

Simon Kwon: For his incredible commitment as a volunteer tutor for some of the most vulnerable student-aged clients at Sarah Burke House at the height of the pandemic.

Ariella Rosenthal: For her phenomenal work providing individual trauma-informed counseling, advocacy, and case management to clients between the ages of five and twenty-one years old.

Valentina Ramia: For her sensitive, skilled, and steadfast support to survivors within Sanctuary’s Immigration Intervention Project.

Learn more about our honorees’ outstanding contributions here.