Melanie is a volunteer with community organizations and serves on several committees. For many years, she worked with a community based organization that provides assistance for women who are homeless, women recently released from prison, and women who have experienced domestic violence. She has helped to prepare meals, provide clerical assistance, and facilitate groups. She has also founded a group for young women which focuses on overcoming barriers to success. Melanie is passionate about social justice issues, health disparities, and education.