Give the Gift of Inspiration

ReadingSometimes it is easy to forget the true meaning behind the holiday season. Though winter break is a time of relaxation after the chaos of another semester, it also provides a chance to give back to the community. Carefully wrapped presents are not nearly as enduring as the gift of inspiration.

Kidsafe Writers’ Room offers the perfect chance for anyone, regardless of past experience, to reach out and make a difference in a young person’s life. With the umbrella goal of inspiring literacy, there is room for many other contributions. Being a tutor is not just about helping students to read and write, though that is an integral part of it, it is also about building a healthy and nurturing community for them to thrive in.

As someone who has had the chance to work with many of the students, I can personally attest to the value of spending even a small amount of time with these children. While from the outside, it looks as though the tutors are the ones teaching, the tutor-child relationship is a much more symbiotic one. Each of the kids who frequent the Writers’ Room has their own story and personality that is unique and incredible. It would be a lie to say that I get nothing out of this volunteer position. Though it is the tutors who formally teach, there is a lot to learn from the kids themselves. The most rewarding thing about this opportunity is the chance to work with such diverse young minds and know that you can leave a positive impact.

Over the holiday season, Kidsafe Writers’ Room is looking for passionate volunteers who can dedicate some time to both making a difference in the community as well as in the lives of individual children. If you are interested or would like to find out more about this opportunity, more information as well as an online application form can be found here.

In addition to seasonal volunteer opportunities, the Kidsafe Writers’ Room is always recruiting passionate tutors to volunteer throughout the school year with flexible hours.

By: Gloria Mellesmoen