Schriver Receives Pres. Volunteer Service Award

Katherine Schriver and Parie given the President’s Volunteer Service Award by Joe Elmlinger

Katherine Schriver and Parie given the President’s Volunteer Service Award by Joe Elmlinger, Managing Director, Head of Global Equity Derivatives, Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.

Schriver and Parie in front of a FEMA Disaster Center, New Orleans

Schriver and Parie in front of a FEMA Disaster Center, New Orleans

Parie

Parie

The kindness, compassion, and comfort offered by a special individual and her remarkable dog have helped so many victims of the destruction wreaked by hurricane Katrina. Katherine Schriver and her loving golden retriever, Parie, provided emergency support last December through HOPE, an animal-assisted crisis response organization whose mission is “to offer hope and provide help through safe and effective animal-assisted emotional rescue, recovery and on-going support, to individuals and responders who have been affected by crisis and disaster.” For their volunteer work, Schriver, a master of science in counseling major, and Parie received the President’s Volunteer Service Award this spring.

Schriver and Parie visited the FEMA Disaster Center and Red Cross staging areas in New Orleans, where they met many of the families that suddenly found themselves homeless in the wake of Katrina and provided much needed emotional respite and hope for the future.

“Upon graduation I plan on pursuing a career as a grief counselor, specifically with hospice patients and their families. Parie will have a role as my co-therapist,” says Schriver, currently a business analyst at Citigroup. Schriver, who expects to graduate in 2008, will pursue a new career that she says will give her life a whole new meaning. She and Parie reside in Peekskill, New York.

Congratulations to both Katherine and Parie for their outstanding service and receiving the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

To learn more about the MS in counseling program, visit the Web site.

To see Schriver and Parie in action, view the video clip (forward to the 42 minute mark).

Read Schriver’s essay about her experience in New Orleans.