Allen has been a mentor for over 7 years, he enjoys connecting with the students and the local community.
Name: Allen Reed I am a mentor at: Central High School I have been a Springfield School Volunteer Mentor: 7 years I became a mentor because: After being approached 7 years ago, I realized this was a means of being a part of the community in a very personal way. My career was established and stable and it was time to give freely of my time to help another. By volunteering I have learned: To be grateful for the many things I’ve taken for granted that others have possibly never experienced or enjoyed. I’ve learned to be a better listener and not always a fixer. My favorite thing about mentoring is: Watching the relationship grow, learning about my mentee – of his joys, challenges and sorrows, and give caring and loving support in return. Why should another caring person in the community join you as a mentor? It makes you a better version of yourself and allows you the opportunity to appreciate the views of a younger soul that just needs someone to talk to.
Kevin has been volunteering with SSV for over 6 months, connecting with students and teachers alike.
Name: Kevin West I am a: Library Assistant and Math Tutor Van Sickle Middle School. I have been a Springfield School Volunteer for: 6 months. I became a Library Assistant and Tutor because: An article I read on MassLive.com indicated Van Sickle Middle School only had a 56 percent graduation rate. I wondered, what happens to the other 44 percent? I thought I could help Van Sickle Middle School by volunteering and looked for available positions on the Springfield School Volunteers website. By being a Library Assistant and Tutor I have learned: Children will only go as far as we take them. As an African-American male I see certain children gravitate towards me and I know my presence matters. I’ve learned that my actions and interactions with the students and teachers can have a profound and continuing effect. My favorite thing about mentoring/tutoring is: As simple as seeing the smiles on students faces. If they’re happy, I’m happy!
“Thank you very much. I just wanted to say that helping in our schools has truly been a life changing event for me. I should be paying them for letting me help.”
– Don Dorn, Jr., Volunteer at Samuel Bowles School
Don Dorn, Jr., Volunteer at Samuel Bowles School
“I have been participating in the Read Aloud Program for the past 10 years and had planned to make this my last year, but my experience was so heartwarming and I loved every minute of [it.] I am anxious to return next month.”
– Marjorie Hurst, Volunteer
Marjorie Hurst, Volunteer
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