Springfield School Volunteers expresses our deepest condolences on the passing of Carmelinda Menas. Melin volunteered in SSV’s School-Based Mentoring Program at Springfield Central High School for more than five years. During that time, she mentored several young ladies, serving as a positive role model and friend to them and helping to influence them to make it all the way to graduation. The staff of SSV and Central High School, the other mentors who had the privilege of serving with her, and especially the students whose lives Melin touched, will miss her beaming smile, positive energy and beautiful spirit!
Since the pandemic has kept us from being with our volunteers for so long, we are sure there are other volunteers we have lost during this difficult time who we do not know about. Please feel free to use this form to submit their names to us so that we can reflect on their dedication to service.
Thank you for your interest! There are currently no open volunteer opportunities, however we are always accepting applications. Please complete a Volunteer Application and CORI form to get started or contact us to see if your current CORI is still valid. Please check back soon for updates!
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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