June Volunteer of the Month: She’s Changing the World

By Jamey Sheesley

Since last summer, Alice Miles has been volunteering as an outreach coordinator for Break The Silence Against Domestic Violence (BTSADV). She is passionate about what she does with BTSADV and what she does for her home community of Colorado Springs, Colorado. One of the most important things she has brought BTSADV is the understanding of gender identity. She even created a pamphlet to educate others on what gender identity and sexuality are. 

Alice originally joined BTSADV because she was looking for a way to support survivors of domestic violence. Many of her family members have experienced domestic violence, and she noticed in college a considerable gap in support for men who have experienced domestic violence. 

“She has done a lot for her age. She is the first person to stand up and help her community. She is going to school for social work. She works at a youth center helping children,” said Heidi, the community outreach coordinator. 

Alice also works in the LGBTQIA+ community. She uses The Genderbread Person to help educate others on gender identity. She is also working to establish a men’s shelter in Colorado Springs. She said it would take time, but she is going to get there. 

Not only has she done a lot for the community, but she has also done a lot for her own family. She helped raise her three younger cousins and a younger half-sister. She is a children’s literacy specialist and works with children who have autism. One of the main things she helps them develop healthy coping skills. One of her passions is baking, which relieves her stress. Lately, she has focused her cooking on sourdough bread, but she is known for her fudge and cheesecake. 

“Alice is such a bright light. Grounded in self and beaming love into everything she touches. I’m a huge fan of her inquisitive mind. She makes both savory and sweet crepes. I love her,” said Jessica Corvo, blog writer.

“She always brings a unique perspective that makes all of us sit back and think about it, and just wow never thought about it that way,” said Heidi. 

Motorcycles, concerts, and traveling are also things that Alice likes. Also, she has fantastic hair and even had Van Gough’s Starry Night inspire one of her hair colors. 

After interviewing Alice, I realized that everyone should sit down and talk with her, especially those who want to impact their communities. She has ideas and thoughts that are just eye-opening. She has done many things in her life already, and I think many of us could learn from her. 

Congratulations, Alice, on being named June 2020 volunteer of the month.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, there is help. You can visit the Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence website at www.breakthesilencedv.org or chat with one of our helpline advocates at 855-287-1777.

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