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In Praise of Our Volunteers

Volunteers are vital to everything we do at Change for Kids. You help us with everything: from working to improve literacy with our elementary school scholars through Reading Buddies and Build-A-Book activities, introducing them to coding, and helping bring their creativity to life. When we need you to lend a hand helping us move furniture and paint walls to create comfort corners and de-escalation rooms, and gather holiday gifts for our schools, you are there. This much is certain: we couldn’t do it without you. Thank you.

Many of you return year after year, always with smiles on your faces, as eager as kindergartners. It turns out that volunteering has a multitude of mental and physical health benefits. Several recent studies aimed to better understand the relationship between volunteering and measures of happiness across a large group of American adults. Unsurprisingly, they discovered that the more people volunteer, the happier they are. The University of Exeter Medical School’s 2013 global study found plenty of evidence that volunteering often leads to reported lower levels of depression, increased life satisfaction and enhanced well-being.

Porsha Pate, who most recently was a Guest Reader Volunteer at Brooklyn Landmark, puts it this way: “Change For Kids sets the bar high in terms of creating community, developing children’s skills, and modeling leadership. From the comfortable atmosphere in the classrooms to the engaged kids, it’s a combination of sharing, learning, and making a difference. It makes me feel incredibly thankful and optimistic going into the holidays, too. I’m looking forward to more volunteering in the new year!”

Thank you, Porsha, and thank you to everyone who volunteers with us. If you’d like to sign up for one of our upcoming opportunities, please reach out to Mesha Allen, our Volunteer Coordinator, at mallen@changeforkids.org.

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