Volunteers of the Month

SAFE is incredibly fortunate to have such amazing volunteers. Each month, we select an exceptional volunteer to honor as our Volunteer of the Month. We ask them to share their stories, including why they decided to start volunteering at SAFE and who their favorite SAFE horses are. It’s a unique insight into what its like to volunteer here. Click here if you’d like to learn more about our volunteer program.

October Volunteer of the Month: Melita Shpul

October Volunteer of the Month: Melita Shpul

Congratulations to Melita Shpul on Volunteer of the Month! Melita started volunteering on the Thursday PM shift in January 2020. Not long after, she also started helping us with our fecal samples, checking for eggs and sand so we can properly treat our horses. You can…

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September Volunteer of the Month: Gizela Berreth

September Volunteer of the Month: Gizela Berreth

Announcing Gizela Berreth as the September Volunteer of the Month! SAFE is lucky to have Gizela’s cheerful and positive attitude. She is always ready to help with anything we need, even inclement weather, she does it with a smile. Gizela is currently on the Sunday PM…

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August Volunteer of the Month: Krissy Love

August Volunteer of the Month: Krissy Love

I am excited to announce Krissy Love as the August Volunteer of the Month! I have the great privilege of working with Krissy on Thursday PMs since she started in January 2020. Not only is Krissy the fearless Shift Lead on Thursdays, but she’s also fearless when it…

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July Volunteer of the Month: Renee Wass

July Volunteer of the Month: Renee Wass

Congratulations to our July Volunteer of the Month! I am lucky to have had the pleasure of working with Renee back when I used to work Mondays. It always lit up my day seeing her arrive at SAFE. Her positive attitude is infectious and she has a great sense of humor.…

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Volunteer of the Month: Nikki Skillern

Volunteer of the Month: Nikki Skillern

Congratulations and a HUGE thank you to our June Volunteer of the Month, Nikki Skillern! Nikki has been part of SAFE since March 2020. She started at the beginning of the pandemic and we are thrilled she stuck it out. The Saturday PM team is lucky to have her as a Co…

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May Volunteer of the Month: Naveen Puli

May Volunteer of the Month: Naveen Puli

We are excited to announce our Volunteer of the Month, Naveen Puli! He has been at SAFE since May 2019. Naveen is always ready to jump in, learn new things and lend a helping hand. We are so grateful to have him on our team of volunteers. How and when did you first…

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Volunteer of the Month: Meghan Nicholson

Volunteer of the Month: Meghan Nicholson

How and when did you first get involved with horses?  SAFE is actually my first experience with horses! I have loved them my entire life (they’ve been my favorite animal since I can remember), but I never had the opportunity to be around them. When I moved to Seattle…

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Volunteer of the Month: Josie Weiss

Volunteer of the Month: Josie Weiss

How and when did you first get involved with horses? I owned my first horse when I was six years old — a Pony of America (POA) named Fiesta.  That same year, my mom, sister and I moved into a house on a property whose owners boarded horses.  I was responsible for…

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February Volunteer of the Month: Sean Cramer

February Volunteer of the Month: Sean Cramer

Congratulations and a huge thank you to our February Volunteer of the Month, Sean Cramer!! Sean is the Barn Assist on Thursdays, but also helps in so many other ways. Whether it’s unclogging drains, letting us borrow tractor parts, ripping up pastures or fixing…

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January 2021 Volunteer of the Month: George Meredith

January 2021 Volunteer of the Month: George Meredith

Our first Volunteer of the Month for the new year is George Meredith, who is a member of the Facilities Team! George can be found at least once a week (often more) at SAFE, repairing and building and making the farm work just as it should. He lends his skills to SAFE…

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December Volunteer of the Month: Lisa Schildt

December Volunteer of the Month: Lisa Schildt

Congratulations and a huge thank you to our December Volunteer of the Month, Lisa Schildt!! Lisa does SO MUCH here at SAFE, and has a lot of talent and ability to share with us. She’s found a lot of ways to help, both in the barn and behind the scenes in the office.…

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November Volunteer of the Month: Kristina Oden

November Volunteer of the Month: Kristina Oden

Congratulations and huge thanks to our Volunteer of the Month for November: Kristina Oden!! Kristine came to SAFE as an adopter in 2017, and stayed on as a volunteer, using her photography skills to document the progress of our rescued horses! Let’s get to know her…

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