Charish joined the volunteer program during the pandemic to make the most out of her time and to give back to the community. She primarily works at HAVEN and has enjoyed customizing welcome bags to meet the individual needs of each family welcomed into shelter. Whenever possible, she also likes to help out with special events. Most recently she was a huge help at HAVEN’s Celebrate You Day! Charish has also done a lot of community outreach, she contacted Computers For Classrooms to get a working computer for HAVEN participants. She also reached out to Chico businesses to gathered donations to raffle out at the Chico Pride Teen Pride Dance & Carnival event. Charish has done so much and we appreciate all her hard work!
Fun Facts: Charish lived in Brazil for a year and speaks fluent Portuguese. She loves to travel both near and far. She enjoys hiking at Upper Bidwell with her pup, camping, paddle boarding, and skiing. She is up for any and all adventures!
Sebastiana recently graduated from Chico State with her bachelor’s in Sociology. When she was attending school, her guidance counselor informed her about Catalyst. She joined the agency wanting to expand her knowledge on domestic violence and provide support to survivors. At Catalyst, Sebastiana spends her time working on projects for upcoming events. She designed a welcome board, helped create a holiday banner, and has even designed flyers to advertise upcoming community events. She loves being able to express her artistic side and we appreciate her creativity!
Fun Facts: Sebastiana is left-handed, has a cat named Patchy, and is part of a large family with 7 siblings. When she is not volunteering, you can find her going on road trips and exploring different hiking trails!
Alika is currently attending Chico State and majoring in psychology. Volunteering at Catalyst was recommended to her by an advisor. She was excited about the opportunity to get hands-on experience and learn more about domestic violence and how to support survivors. Alika spends most of her time at Catalyst connecting with people on the crisis hotline. She also really enjoys working on projects and helping clean and organize spaces to make the shelter a more welcoming environment.
Fun Facts: Alika’s favorite way to spend free time is with her loved ones. Whether it’s sharing a meal, playing board games, or having conversation, she cherishes that time. Alika also loves music and plays the piano, guitar, and ukulele. She enjoys creating all different kinds of art, she crafts and paints, and lets her creative energy flow!
Allie is passionate about language and teaches literacy classes in the community. She commonly shares information about community resources with her students, including services from Catalyst. In January of this year, Allie joined the agency as a way to support victims and survivors impacted by the shelter in place order. As a volunteer, Allie works hard to create a safe environment for families welcomed into shelter. She also helps organize donations and restock the hygiene closet, but her favorite part of volunteering is interacting with participants.
Fun Facts: Allie is passionate about thrifting. Most of her furniture and clothing are purchased second-hand. She loves discovering hidden gems in unlikely places and finds thrifting infinitely rewarding! When she is not shopping, she spends lots of time misting her houseplants and tending her beautiful outdoor garden.
Hunter recently graduated from Chico State and was accepted into a clinical graduate program in Los Angeles. He shared that a close friend of his works at Catalyst and was inspired by the agency’s mission to empower survivors. Having little experience with direct service, Hunter admits he was nervous when he first joined the volunteer program. After completing nearly 140 volunteer hours, Hunter says his most memorable moments come from building connections with the participants. At HAVEN, Hunter assists with hotline calls, helps staff with projects, and provides survivors a safe space to open up.
Fun Fact: Hunter identities as Irish, Italian, Native American, and African American. He is proud of his diverse heritage and ethnic background. He loves going out with friends, making TikToks, and enjoying delicious food at Wing Stop – Mango Habanero is his favorite!
Marisol is a psychology major at Chico State. She joined Catalyst as a way to gain experience while helping people in the community. At the shelter, she most enjoys organizing and has done great work in our donation closet. She loves leaving spaces looking nice and clean. She also really enjoys decorating and always has a great time making the shelter look festive for the holidays (her personal favorite is Halloween).
When Marisol is not at Catalyst, she loves to swim and play video games. Right now, she is pretty obsessed with Minecraft and has built herself a beach house, a greenhouse, and a cattery (a home just for her virtual kitties). She not only plays by also knows how to write code – Java, Python, and CC+ is just a little of what she knows.
Fun Fact: Marisol calls herself a foodie. She is a big-time fan of sushi, her favorite places include the Raw Bar, Japanese Blossom, and Aonami. She loves to experience food and when she is feeling particularly brave, say she tries to make it herself!
Hayley is currently a senior at Chico State. She is a psychology major working towards becoming a mental health counselor. Hayley has openly shared that close friends of hers have experienced domestic violence. This allowed her to understand the predominance and seriousness of domestic violence in our community. She joined Catalyst as a way to learn more about domestic violence services, to better support friends and future clients.
At Catalyst, Hayley spends most of her time supporting callers on the hotline. She listens to people in crisis and provides resources to empower victims and survivors. She has witnessed stories of restoration and is inspired by watching people take courageous steps in their healing journey.
Fun Fact: When Hayley is not volunteering, she enjoys engaging in her artistic and creative side. Most people do not know this about Hayley, but she loves to write music and poetry, paint, and write calligraphy. She’s pretty impressive!
Maya is currently a senior at Chico State studying Psychology. She is in the International Honor Society and the CSU Neuroscience Journal Club and is in the process of applying to P.H.D. programs. She is someone who loves to help others and joined Catalyst as a way to get more involved in the community. She enjoys welcoming families into the shelter and getting their living space ready. She works diligently to update the job and housing board, hoping it helps individuals secure a safe new start.
Fun Fact: Maya absolutely loves to shop, saying “a girl can never have too many shoes or bags.” Fashion is Maya’s favorite form of self-expression… it is what makes her, her!
Featured Volunteer of the Month: December 2020 Volunteer Start Date: August 2020 Time Served: 95 Hours
Aubree graduated from Chico State with her Bachelors in Psychology and is currently applying to the Chico State MFT graduate program. She is passionate about the work Catalyst does and joined as a way to help people in the community. She spends most of her time on the hotline and helping participants at the shelter. She loves that every day is a little different, saying it keeps things exciting!
Fun Facts: Aubree loves the outdoors – spending time at the lake, swimming, hiking, and camping (outside is where you will find her). She also loves to read and recently joined a book club with some of her friends. They just finished reading Where the Crawdads Sing and enjoyed it tremendously!
Featured Volunteer of the Month: November 2020 Volunteer Start Date: August 2020 Time Served: 109 Hours
Annabelle is a senior at Chico State majoring in Child Development. She is also pursuing three minors, one in Multicultural Studies, the second in Gender & Sexuality, and the third in Family Relations! She joined Catalyst as an intern and has been a big support to our children advocates. She has helped the children’s program come up with fun and creative activity kits for little ones and their families to enjoy. She also helps answer the hotline and provide support to participants seeking services.
Fun Facts: Annabelle is the president of Chico State’s Ultimate Frisbee team! She has played for the last three years and has met the most amazing people because of it. Apart from playing Frisbee, her favorite way to spend any free time is being outside with people she loves (and of course her adorable cat Weasley).
Featured Volunteer of the Month: September 2020 Volunteer Start Date: January 2020 Time Served: 89 Hours
Kassidi graduated from Chico State in May with her Bachelor’s in Psychology. Now that she is out of school, Kassidi admits to missing it…but only a little! She joined Catalyst as an intern and has appreciated learning how to support people on the 24-hour hotline. She also enjoys interacting with participants at the shelter and, prior to the pandemic, tabling at community events.
Fun Facts: Kassidi’s favorite restaurant is Lucille’s BBQ in Rocklin, CA, yum! In her free time, she likes to hang out with her friends and boyfriend. During the summer, her favorite thing to do is float down the river!
Featured Volunteer of the Month: July 2020 Volunteer Start Date: May 2018 Time Served: 191 Hours
Christina recently graduated from Chico State with a bachelor’s degree in social work. She is actively exploring opportunities to attend graduate school and earn her MSW. Christina joined Catalyst as a way to give back to her community and gain hands-on experience in the social work field. Christina has volunteered at Catalyst for over two years and feels a strong connection to the agency’s values and beliefs.
Christina has been a huge support at the emergency shelter. She enjoys providing resources on the hotline and interacting directly with participants. She particularly enjoys tabling at community events and telling people how awesome Catalyst is!
When she is not volunteering, her favorite way to spend time is with her daughter. They love animals and live in the foothills where they are visited by a lot of wildlife including deer, foxes, wild turkeys, and rabbits! They have even put out feeders for birds and squirrels to watch them from their porch. Of course, they also have indoor furry friends! She and her daughter have one dog and two cats.
Fun Facts: Christina lived in Japan for three years. She tutored Japanese students at a private English school. Japan holds a very special place in her heart, as it is where her daughter was born. It is also where she developed a deep love for sushi!
Featured Volunteer of the Month: June 2020 Volunteer Start Date: January 2020 Time Served: 161 Hours
Caitlyn graduated from Chico State last fall with a degree in psychology. She joined Catalyst wanting to learn how to support people in the community experiencing domestic violence. She spends the majority of her time helping survivors on the crisis hotline, validating their feelings and experiences. She describes it as both challenging and incredibly rewarding.
Fun Facts: Caitlyn loves going to the beach, listening to the waves, and collecting sand dollars. She loves trying new restaurants, her favorite places include Souley Vegan and Homeroom, both in Oakland, CA and Heirloom in Monterey, CA.
Featured Volunteer of the Month: May 2020 Volunteer Start Date: June 2019 Time Served: 147 Hours
Fiona just graduated from Chico State this semester! She double majored in Psychology and Criminal Justice. Fiona joined Catalyst as a way to get more involved in the community. She enjoys getting to know participants at the shelter and making a positive impact. When she is not volunteering, she loves to read and hang out with her friends and family.
Fun Facts: Fiona has a pet hedgehog! His name is Bolt and he is only 2.5 years old (awww). Her favorite place to eat is Zachary’s Pizza in Berkeley.
Featured Volunteer of the Month: April 2020 Volunteer Start Date: January 2020 Time Served: 72 Hours
Lili is a Chico State student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Child Development. She was encouraged to apply for the volunteer program by her college professor Gloria Wetterson. Lili is an amazing volunteer. She most enjoys tabling for community events, she said: “it warms my heart when people come up to me and thank Catalyst for the work they have done for someone they know.”
Fun Facts: In her free time, she most enjoys spending time outside. Lili loves to go hiking with her family and cliff jumping whenever she’s near a waterfall! Her favorite food is Asian food…yum! She doesn’t have a favorite place because she likes to try a new restaurant every time (so adventurous!)
Featured Volunteer of the Month: March 2020 Volunteer Start Date: August 2019 Time Served: 165 Hours
Chyanne graduated from Chico State last May with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She feels inspired to help survivors start a new life free of domestic violence.
Chyanne spends most of her time at the shelter, answering hotline calls and working directly with participants. She also loves helping out with community outreach events. Her favorite part is being able to provide education and build a stronger partnership with the community.
Fun Facts: Chyanne plays the violin, she loves to be outdoors and read by the water. Olive Garden and the T-bar are her favorite places to eat…yum!
Featured Volunteer of the Month: November 2019 Volunteer Start Date: June 2017 Time Served: 125 Hours
Christy is taking an advanced herbalism course, challenging her to learn about the chemistry of plants and how they interact with the body. She also takes violin lessons and loves playing Celtic music.
Christy feels a need to serve her community and wants to participate in working to confront intersectional systems of oppression. She recently facilitated an aromatherapy group for HAVEN, which was greatly appreciated by participants and staff.
Fun Facts: Christy doesn’t have TV or the internet, and instead loves to spend her free time painting, reading, & working with herbs.
Featured Volunteer of the Month: October 2019 Volunteer Start Date: May 2018 Time Served: 165 Hours
Patty is in the last year of her Social Work program at Chico State University. She was drawn to volunteer at Catalyst due to personal experiences as a child, which led her to want to help and be a part of the crucial services offered.
Patty spends most of her time answering the hotline at HAVEN. Her favorite part of volunteering is interacting with the people living in shelter.
Fun Facts: Patty loves fishing, reading, and hiking/exploring new trails in the wilderness. She has a cute baby bearded dragon named Amy.
Featured Volunteer of the Month: September 2019 Volunteer Start Date: August 2018 Time Served: 190 Hours
Tara graduated in May from Chico State with a major in Sociology. She started as an intern through her program, and has continued on as a volunteer.
Tara was inspired to volunteer by her grandmother, who also volunteers in the domestic violence field. Tara loves meeting the resilient people living in shelter who are working to rise above their painful situation.
Fun Facts: Tara loves doing yoga and eating anything from Live Life Juice Co. She used to Irish Dance and once performed at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco!!!
Featured Volunteer of the Month: August 2019 Volunteer Start Date: January 2019 Time Served: 123 Hours
Chrissy graduated in May with a BA in Psychology from Chico State. She is excited to start the MFT program in the fall.
Chrissy spends her time at the shelter connecting with participants and answering the hotline. She is motivated by the desire to help people who are in high stress or traumatic situations. She hopes to support their process.
Fun Facts: Chrissy enjoys spending time with friends, especially outside. She recently started kickboxing and loves it!
Featured Volunteer of the Month: May 2019 Volunteer Start Date: January 2019 Time Served: 290 Hours
Esme is a graduating senior at Chico State majoring in Public Health, with a minor in Ethics, Justice, and Policy Studies.
Esme was brought on as a staff level intern in the Community Outreach & Education program. Her main focus was to help facilitate Catalyst’s annual Youth Empowered Conference. She was awarded Catalyst’s Go-Getter Award for 2019.
Fun Facts: Esme loves to spend her free time outdoors, practicing self care, and values deep conversations and lasting friendships.
Featured Volunteer of the Month: April 2019 Volunteer Start Date: August 2018 Time Served: 154 Hours
Sarah is in her fourth year at Chico State as a Criminal Justice & Women’s Studies major, minoring in Gender & Sexuality.
Sarah volunteers with Catalyst to help build awareness about domestic violence in our community. She is often the first to sign up for outreach to the Latinx community, as well as spending much of her time answering hotline calls and helping at HAVEN.
Fun Facts: Sarah loves to travel, and often drives to and from Mexico to visit family. She loves watching the Simpsons while snacking on popcorn.
Featured Volunteer of the Month: March 2019 Volunteer Start Date: August 2018 Time Served: 283 Hours
Odalis is a Social Work major at Chico State. She has been a staff level intern with Catalyst since August.
Odalis has taken on many roles: she helps at the business office providing drop-in services, offers translation for counseling services, offers child care and Advocacy at HAVEN and has spent time at court, offering support to participants.
Fun Facts: Odalis loves painting with acrylics and can even make her own canvases. She loves spending time with family and enjoying her mom’s enchiladas.
Featured Volunteer of the Month: February 2019 Volunteer Start Date: May 2018 Time Served: 137 Hours
Carmen graduated from CSU, Chico in 2018 with her BA in Criminal Justice. She is currently working as a Mental Competency Trainer. Carmen is bilingual and regularly participates in outreach to the Spanish speaking community to help minimize barriers to service. She loves connecting with participants on the hotline or at shelter, empowering and lending a kind ear.
Fun Facts: Carmen loves nature outings, traveling to experience the world through a different perspective, and going on adventures with friends.
Featured Volunteer of the Month: December 2018 Volunteer Start Date: August 2018 Time Served: 187 Hours
Vanessa is in her 4th year at Chico State studying Social Work. She is an intern with Catalyst because it aligns with her values and is the work she wants to do. As a social work intern Vanessa helps out with many different Catalyst programs. She provides court accompaniment, offers support at the Chico Business Office, helps at HAVEN with advocacy, child care, and special event planning.
Fun Facts: Vanessa is very athletic and has played soccer and danced since she was 8. Working the drive-thru at In-N-Out taught her to be a fast talker.
Featured Volunteer of the Month: November 2018 Volunteer Start Date: January 2018 Time Served: 272 Hours
Emma is an intern at HAVEN, working closely with staff to learn advocacy skills and how to support participants who are working to rebuild their lives. She is a huge help facilitating the weekly house meeting and activity.
Fun Facts: Emma has been dancing for a few minor league teams for 4 years! She loves sushi and relaxing at home, watching scary movies.
Featured Volunteer of the Month: October 2018 Volunteer Start Date: January 2018 Time Served: 110 Hours
Mandy is a student at Chico State, working towards her BA in Psychology. Her plan is to continue her education through the Social Work masters program.
Mandy came to Catalyst to support those in need and gain experience in her field. She volunteers primarily at the shelter and enjoys any opportunity to connect with participants and see how they are doing.
Fun Facts: Mandy is a crafter or “DIY Diva”, who will always try to make something before buying it. She loves sewing and crocheting while watching Friends and How I Met Your Mother.
Featured Volunteer of the Month: August 2018 Volunteer Start Date: January 2018 Time Served: 165 Hours
Jackie is getting her BA at Chico State in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She also has two minors: Criminal Justice and Diversity Studies.
Jackie recognizes the importance of supporting and validating survivors, as well as providing a sense of empowerment. She answers crisis calls, participates in community outreach, and helps with group childcare. Her favorite part of volunteering is helping out with the Children’s Program, facilitating group play and one on one pretend play.
Fun Facts: Jackie loves bike rides, hiking and sightseeing. In her free time she goes to the gym, journals and reads.
Featured Volunteer of the Month: June 2018 Volunteer Start Date: January 2018 Time Served: 166 Hours
Hannah graduated from Chico State this May with a BA in Psychology and Child Development. She was drawn to intern with Catalyst to gain hands on experience and strengthen skills in trauma informed practice.
Hannah spent most of her time taking calls on the crisis hotline and connecting with participants at shelter.
Fun Facts: Hannah eats chocolate and banana every single day. She loves reading, writing, cooking with her boyfriend, and going on hikes in.
Featured Volunteer of the Month: April 2018 Volunteer Start Date: June 2017 Time Served: 150 Hours
Nick is graduating from Chico State in May with a BA in Social Work. He is hoping to continue with his Masters next year.
Nick spends most of his time at the shelter answering hotline crisis calls. He enjoys connecting with and empowering participants. It’s important to him to show people that men can be sensitive, kind and open.
Fun Facts: Music is a huge part of Nick’s self care, specifically Punk Rock, death metal and Grindcore. He loves having adventure days with his wife.
Featured Volunteer of the Month: March 2018 Volunteer Start Date: June 2017 Time Served: 153 Hours
Ksa will be finishing up her Psychology degree next year at Chico State. She wanted to volunteer with Catalyst to gain real world experience in her chosen field.
Ksa spends most of her time at the confidential shelter, answering crisis calls and supporting participants. She loves problem solving to help callers get to the resources and services they need.
Fun Facts: Ksa directs children’s theater and loves salsa dancing because it’s fast, challenging and fun. She loves learning new things and feels there is always something new to learn. She spends her free time exploring nature and new places.
Featured Volunteer of the Month: January 2018 Volunteer Start Date: August 2017 Time Served: 180 Hours
Laura is a certified Life Coach trained in relationship, grief & loss, hope coaching, and crisis pregnancy. She is continuing her training to continue to grow as a support for others.
Laura is a survivor of childhood abuse and domestic violence abuse, which has given her the heart and motivation to help others going through something similar. She spends most of her time at HAVEN answering the crisis line and supporting participants, but has also prioritized outreach to the Latin@ community through tabling events.
Fun Facts: Laura loves hiking and hunting for crystals in the mountains. She loves the ocean because it brings her peace and joy.
Featured Volunteer of the Month: December 2017 Volunteer Start Date: June 2017 Time Served: 148 Hours
Maly is a double major in Psychology and Multicultural & Gender Studies, with a minor in Gender & Sexuality. She will be graduating from Chico State in the Spring.
Maly witnessed domestic violence as a child. Volunteering was her way of helping to break the cycle and bringing more information back to the Hmong community. She has volunteered at HAVEN and the Chico Business office. She likes tabling the most, because she believes community education is very important.
Fun Facts: Maly likes thrift store shopping, catching up on YouTube, taking pictures of nature and reading.
Featured Volunteer of the Month: November 2017 Volunteer Start Date: June 2017 Time Served: 115 Hours
Colin is in his fourth year at Chico State, studying Psychology and Criminal Justice. He chose to intern with Catalyst to get “out in the field” and gain experience.
Colin says whether it’s answering crisis calls, tabling at events or helping out around HAVEN, any time spent at Catalyst is his “favorite”. He feels no matter what he is doing, representing Catalyst is a joy.
Fun Facts: Colin grew up racing dirt bikes. He loves camping, working out at the WREC and relaxing, watching movies.
Featured Volunteer of the Month: October 2017 Volunteer Start Date: January 2017 Time Served: 160 Hours
Allison graduated from UC Davis in 2015 with a degree in Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior. As an aspiring doctor she felt Catalyst would give her experience helping others and help her learn more about how relationships and family life can impact overall health.
Allison supports participants at shelter, answering crisis calls and offering child care, as well as participates in community outreach by tabling at events.
Fun Facts: Allison was a competitive hip-hop dancer for 11 years! She loves breakfast food and taking long walks in Bidwell Park with friends.
Featured Volunteer of the Month: September 2017 Volunteer Start Date: January 2017 Time Served: 157 Hours
Brianne wanted to get more involved with helping her community and felt that volunteering with Catalyst was a good fit. Her favorite part is connecting with participants and listening to their stories.
Brianne spends most of her time at HAVEN, answering hotline calls and supporting participants, but has also participated in community outreach through tabling at events.
Fun Facts: Brianne is a published poet. She loves veggie sushi and could eat it every day. Hiking is her favorite way to de-stress.
Featured Volunteer of the Month: August 2017 Volunteer Start Date: January 2017 Time Served: 122 Hours
Heather is finishing up her prerequisites this semester and is hoping to get into the Nursing program at CSU, Chico. Keep your fingers crossed for her!
Heather helps out at HAVEN and loves working community events. She enjoys talking to people, hearing their stories and sharing information and resources.
Fun Facts: Heather grew up in a town with only 200 people. She has 2 fun-loving, energetic boys & fills each day with adventures, traveling and playing! She has two Beatles tattoos: “Let it Be” and the Yellow Submarine, to remind her not to take life too seriously.
Featured Volunteer of the Month: July 2017 Volunteer Start Date: January 2017 Time Served: 122 Hours
Bailie is majoring in Psychology with a Criminal Justice minor at CSU, Chico. She has only one more semester before graduating.
Bailie would like to focus her career on counseling and victim advocacy, so volunteering with Catalyst felt like a good way to get started. Her favorite part is getting to know the participants and seeing them succeed.
Fun Facts: Bailie lives in a house with 4 cats, loves pizza (for breakfast, lunch and dinner!) and enjoys discovering new coffee shops.
Featured Volunteer of the Month: May 2017 Volunteer Start Date: January 2017 Time Served: 240 Hours
Justine is a Health Education Intern and is graduating from Chico State next month!
Most of Justine’s internship has focused on helping with Youth Empowered, an annual conference for youth (check out her amazing photos on Facebook!). She has also participated in community outreach by giving presentations and tabling at events. She has enjoyed working at the business office and learning from staff.
Fun Facts: Justine loves yoga, walks in Bidwell Park, photography, and YouTube videos of animals.
Featured Volunteer of the Month: April 2017 Volunteer Start Date: August 2016 Time Served: 347 Hours
Yarlin is a Social Work major at CSU, Chico. She will be graduating this year with her BA.
Yarlin spends her time offering drop-in services at our Chico & Oroville business offices, legal support, and answers crisis calls at HAVEN. Her ongoing goal is to offer one on one support for people during hard times.
Fun Facts: Yarlin loves doing make-up for people; for her it is art.She loves the sound of waves at the beach, eating Hot Cheetos, and going to Disneyland every year with her family.
Featured Volunteer of the Month: March 2017 Volunteer Start Date: January 2017 Time Served: 85 Hours
Madison is a Theater Arts Major and Women’s Studies Major at CSU, Chico, with plans to graduate in Fall, 2017.
Madison has helped out at Catalyst in many different ways. She answers crisis calls on the hotline, helps out with child-care and offers drop in services and administrative support at our Chico Business Office. Check out the Positive Message Basket she created at the front desk!
Fun Facts: Madison’s grand-parents were in the circus, so she took a flying trapeze class over the summer.