Both Emma and Maelee Hearington volunteered for just over 50 hours each at C.C. Wells Elementary School summer session. Emma and Maelee attended C.C. Wells and wanted to give back to the school because of their experiences there. They worked to assist teachers, monitored and helped students during the drop-off and pick-up times, and tutored students who needed assistance. The site coordinator commented that "Emma's interaction with students was exemplary" and "Maelee's volunteer work has been exceptional." Wonderful work giving back to one of the districts MWGS serves...congrats!
Andrew Datovech volunteered for close to 40 hours at A.C.E.S., which is a non-profit organization that has partnered with the Hanover County Department of Social Services to provide food, clothing, financial assistance, and other services to any citizen of Ashland or Hanover in need. Andrew noted that he wanted to volunteer at A.C.E.S. because he wanted to help out his local community where he has lived his entire life. He also commented that the positive impact of the volunteers is immediately noticeable because those that are receiving help are "extremely grateful for the work that we do, and the smile on each person's face is reward enough for the challenging work involved." The President of the organization wrote that "Andrew is an extremely conscientious young man -- very respectful and dedicated to helping others. He has been a pleasure to work with." Amazing contributions, Andrew, keep up the fantastic work!
As part of the Youth Volunteer Summer Program at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Angela volunteered for 36 hours. Her volunteer work included weeding, harvesting vegetables, watering/fertilizing, and mulching at the Community Kitchen Garden and Children's Garden. The Community Kitchen Garden donates all of its produce to the Virginia Food Bank so the work has an added importance in serving the community. Angela wrote that by "learning how some aspects of the garden functioned," she was able to witness first-hand the "amount of work that goes on behind the scenes" and that is important with "any sort of establishment to correctly value it." The site coordinator commented that "Angela is a very hard worker in a job that is very labor-intensive" and that they were "very impressed with her work." Congrats!
Eric Campbell volunteered 40 hours of time for the Dragon Chess Camp during a week in July. He selected this activity to help improve the chess playing of younger kids, as well as introduce the game to new players. Through the Dragon Chess Camp, kids in the surrounding counties of Richmond are given the opportunity to improve their chess skills with the aid of more experienced players. Eric believes that "exposing kids to chess can help improve logical reasoning and school performance" and "provide an opportunity to kids that may not have previously had access to." Good job, Eric, and congrats to their coach, Tom Boyle, who, along with a number of other MWGS students, provide such a wonderful opportunity to kids from the surrounding area.
Caitlin volunteered close to 40 hours at the Petersburg National Battlefield as an assistant at the Visitor Center. Her work involved assisting with park interpretation, the maintenance divisions, and the park volunteer coordinator. Caitlin commented that she enjoyed witnessing some peoples' appreciation for history and all the little things that employees and volunteers do to enhance the public's experience at the park. The site supervisor commented that she "did an excellent jbo working for us...all of her work was greatly appreciated by everyone." MWGS appreciates your hard work, Caitlin!
Hats off to Alex Barrett for a total of 234 volunteer hours at Passages Adventure Camp. Among other tasks, Alex taught campers how to kayak. Alex loves to Kayak and wanted to share her skills with other kids. She enjoyed seeing kids accomplish things they never thought they could and stated that she enjoyed seeing kids overcome their fears and reach their goals. The site supervisor commented that Alex's work is always excellent! Congrats, Alex!
Sam Tarry traveled to Haiti this past summer to volunteer at an orphanage through Haiti Outreach Ministries. His work involved painting the walls of a medical center, school rooms, and a church. Tarry commented that he learned to be more appreciative of all that we have in the U.S. Throughout the week, Sam volunteered 42 hours and made an excellent contribution through his dedication and hard work. Great job, Sam!
Izumi Miyazaki spent 3 full weeks volunteering at the Math Science Innovation Center, for a total of 107.5 hours. Among other contributions, Izumi work with students in engineering classes as well as helped the administrative team with logistics. The site supervisor stated that "Izumi was such an asset to the camp working with both students and teachers" and that she "took on additional responsibilities without hesitation." Izumi commented that volunteering in this capacity is causing her to rethink her future job perspectives because she enjoyed it so much. Amazing contribution, Izumi, and thanks for representing MWGS well!
Through St. James's Episcopal Church, Adaire Locke contributed 50.5 hours by participating in a mission trip to Our Little Roses in Honduras. Adaire has also participated in this trip on two previous occasions and finds it very rewarding because it has allowed him to build relationships with the individuals there. The week is spent working on various projects from cleaning up and piling rocks to prevent the erosion of dirt from under the buildings at the Center to tutoring the young participants and sharing experiences. Adaire truly enjoyed this opportunity and realized how much he has to be thankful for. Wonderful work, Adaire!
Sarah Law volunteered at WCVE/Community Idea Station assisting with social media, scheduling posts, working at events, and assisting with a book giveaway to the Richmond Promise Neighborhood event. The Social Media Manager commented that "Sarah was an exceptional volunteer" and that she "looks forward to Sarah staying connected with WCVE." Sarah feels that the experience had a profound impact on her view of community service as the time she spent at WCVE was so engaging. She also became more aware of the value of community non-profits. Keep up the great work, Sarah!