“You have two hands, one to help yourself and one to help others,” is a favorite quote of Ashley Nichols, an intern with Ascentria’s Therapeutic Family Connections (TFC) in New Hampshire. A graduate of Smith College, Ashley is working on a master’s degree in social work and a law degree, and spends two days a week volunteering with Ascentria’s TFC program.
“Currently I assist three families,” says Ashley. “I help with issues around behavioral problems, hygiene, academic and family stress, and have been helping a client with the college application process. Also, I have taken a few crisis calls and have helped implement treatment plans.”
Ashley sees herself using her education and her volunteer experience to advocate for the rights of children and people with disabilities. Ashley is one of more than 1,000 individuals who annually support and enrich Ascentria’s programs by giving their time through volunteer opportunities or internship programs.
“We love our interns,” says Courtney Perron, SNA NH community outreach coordinator. “They come to us from a variety of backgrounds and each with a unique perspective and set of skills, but they make a dynamic team.”