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Celebrating National Volunteer Week: Barb

Celebrating National Volunteer Week: Barb

Apr 23, 2024 | ASPIRE, Volunteers

As we celebrate National Volunteer Week, we are proud to recognize the hearts and hands that shape our community. Today we are spotlighting a remarkable volunteer at Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) — Barb. Since September 2021, Barb has dedicated her time and talents to the ASPIRE after-school program, where she plays a vital role in nurturing our middle school students.

Barb volunteers two to three times a week, offering homework help and one-on-one support to students. Her nurturing approach helps lighten the load of homework stress for both the children and their parents, making a significant impact in their daily lives.

Barb’s philosophy about volunteering is deeply inspiring. “It’s really important to me to do something and give something back to the community,” she explained. Her love for the ASPIRE program and its mission is a driving force behind her volunteerism. She adds, “I love what they stand for and what they do, and I think it’s so important to spend time with kids because that’s our future.”

What Barb finds most rewarding is the moment when the children she helps start to open up and actively seek her assistance. This development signifies a trust and bond that are crucial in mentorship. Barb’s enthusiasm for her role is palpable as she describes the joy of volunteering with FCA: “It’s so wonderful to see what FCA does for the community. All of the different pieces of it and the outreach.”

Thank you, Barb, for your outstanding contribution to the Family & Children’s Agency and for setting such a powerful example of selflessness and community spirit.