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Renee Plaza ’07 Shares the Priceless: Her Time

Renee Plaza
Renee Plaza '07

Renee Plaza ’07 was recently recognized by Project Sister in their newsletter for her outstanding work as a volunteer advocate. Project Sister is the foremost agency providing services to the women, children, and male survivors of sexual assault and abuse in the East San Gabriel and Inland Valley. Plaza started her 40 hours of training required by the internship at Project Sister as part of Professor Richard Tsujimoto’s Internships in Psychology class, and voluntarily decided to extend her internship indefinitely.

“I dedicate about 15 hours a week to being a volunteer advocate,” Plaza said. “As an advocate, I answer calls on the 24 Hour Sexual Assault Helpline. If someone needs to go to the hospital, I accompany them and stay with them until the doctor or nurse comes. There are a lot of insensitive people out there, so my job is to be a neutral, understanding person for them.”

In addition to her work at Project Sister, Plaza tutors at a Pomona high school five to ten hours a week. So what drives Plaza to spend so much of her free time volunteering?

“I greatly enjoy helping people,” Plaza explained. “My college adviser said I should be a sociology major because I love people so much. I came to Pitzer because of its emphasis on social responsibility. I have gotten so much more out of my time here at Pitzer and the volunteering opportunities than I ever expected.”

To contact Project Sister:
24 hour help line: 909-626-help (4357)
For information on volunteering, visit: www.projectsister.org

-Catherine Okereke ’00