By Alison Stanton
Copper Area News Publishers
Jim Orr has a special place in his heart for helping others. So when he decided to start volunteering, he found that Against Abuse, Inc. was a perfect fit for him.
“My wife and I love people, and we love to help those who are hurting,” Orr said.
“With Against Abuse, we found an organization that is dedicated to meeting the needs of people who are experiencing the effects of domestic violence, and we found an excellent staff who is committed to helping people get a new start in life.”
When Orr began volunteering about a year ago, he noticed that certain areas like maintenance were difficult for the organization to keep up with.
“I’ve set up a maintenance schedule for the house managers of the shelters, and I also do light maintenance at the shelters and assist the lady who sets up the transitional program by doing things like helping to move furniture, and teaching her how to change an air filter.”
No matter what project he is working on at Against Abuse, Inc., Orr said he especially likes the relationships he has formed with the people who work there.
“It’s really all about relationships for me, so I enjoy everything from sitting down with [founding Executive Director] Pat Griffen, to working with the house managers. I enjoy the relationships that have developed with the people who are part of program.
Griffen said that Against Abuse, Inc. was founded in 1981 and is a private non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping both people and the community at large to understand what family violence is, and how it can impact others. Shelter services opened in 1986, Griffen added, noting that it is the only domestic violence shelter of its kind in Western Pinal County.
For people who want to volunteer at Against Abuse, Inc., Griffen said there are plenty of ways to help, including providing pro bono legal assistance.
“In addition, we now have a therapy dog named Gator, and also numerous opportunities to help us administratively, as well as with fix and repair things at our shelters, the thrift store and the transitional homes,” Griffen said.
“In my opinion, Against Abuse is a great place to volunteer because even the lightest donation of time and talent can change a life from down to up, from happy to sad, from desperate to hopeful, and from doomsday to a bright tomorrow.”
For information on becoming a volunteer, contact 520-836-1239 and mention wanting to volunteer, or visit the organization’s website at .