Norma has been mentoring high school students for almost 10 years, helping them grow socially, emotionally and academically.
Name: Norma E. Nunnally
I am a mentor at: Central High School.
I have been a Springfield School Volunteer for: 8 years.
I became a mentor because: I believe that every child deserves an opportunity to be heard without being judged.
By being a mentor I have learned: To be more forgiving and to see progress even in the smallest actions. I have also learned that is not always what you say, but how you say it that makes a difference!
My favorite thing about mentoring is: Seeing the excitement in my mentee’s eyes when she notices my presence. I love to hear all about what she has done and accomplished since our last visit.
Why should another caring person in the community join you as a mentor? It is important to give back. Not just giving back your time, but to share the knowledge and experiences that molded you into the caring person you have become.
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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