Scharlene Murray and Sallie Sanchez

Scharlene Murray and Sallie Sanchez are two of our many spectacular volunteers! Both ladies are involved with the Ellen’s Guild, STAND!’s auxiliary group of 10 women that raises awareness of family violence and organizes fundraising events such as the Elegant White Elephant Sale in May.

Sallie is co-president of the Guild who brings enthusiasm, professionalism, and organization to the team. By keeping the monthly meetings on track and details organized, Sallie makes sure that the group is very productive. At last month’s successful Academy Awards Benefit Party, Scharlene arranged more than 20 buffet sponsors to create a wonderful spread of delectable dishes for our guests.

It makes me really happy to be part of the valuable services that STAND! provides to families.
— Sallie Sanchez, STAND! volunteers

Both women also volunteer with STAND!’s 24-hour Crisis Line, which helps callers across Contra Costa get connected to resources and helps them find safety. STAND! Crisis Line volunteers must be committed. Before they begin, volunteers undergo 40 hours of domestic violence training so that they are equipped to handle calls.

It can be difficult work, but it is very rewarding. Each call I answer gives me the opportunity to help someone in need. This work has taught me what it means to make a difference.
— Scharlene Murray, STAND! volunteer

We are grateful for dedicated volunteers like Scharlene and Sallie who are so supportive of our work!