Volunteer Spotlight: Rachel Grossman
As a longtime resident of DC, Rachel Grossman had been aware of Calvary Women’s Services for several years. She had often heard about Calvary through her involvement with various community arts programs such as those at Arena Stage. When the opportunity finally arose to lead one of our education classes as a volunteer instructor, she jumped at the chance.
We had an opportunity to catch up with Rachel after she finished teaching one of her yoga classes here at Calvary and hear about her experiences as a volunteer.
What is your volunteer role at Calvary?
I teach a yoga class once per week to the women at Calvary. One of my life’s missions is to uplift people as much as I can. The way I like to think of it is, once a week I have the opportunity to come and uplift women here.
What would you say is your favorite experience volunteering at Calvary so far?
It’s hard to choose one specific moment, I think it’s been such a gift to be able to teach at Calvary. As an instructor, the whole experience has really taught me how to be flexible in terms of modifying the physical practice of yoga, and to help me keep in mind that the physical part of yoga is just one of many aspects to it.
How do you think a yoga class fits in with Calvary’s mission of empowering women to transform their lives?
In general, we’re not very in tune with our bodies – because we’re not taught to be! I believe it’s an important part of healthy living for anyone to develop an awareness of our physical selves. Yoga allows us to develop that awareness over time, and improve our overall well-being.
Do you have any advice for people considering volunteering at Calvary?
You have to be comfortable with yourself. It’s important you don’t change yourself based on an expectation of who you think the women at Calvary are. At the same time, the women shouldn’t be expected to change themselves to accommodate you. Be yourself and meet them where you intersect, authentically and naturally.