When the pandemic began, a multitude of changes were put in place at Vogel Alcove to ensure our children and staff remained safe and healthy. Our volunteer program was temporarily suspended, and no one other than the children and our staff were allowed inside the facility. We have missed our volunteers greatly, and look forward to welcoming everyone back in the near future!
Our volunteers are essential to our mission, and as we gear up for their return we are spotlighting stories from some of our longtime helpers. This week we heard from Amanda Thomas, a volunteer since 2016. Read her story below:
“My name is Amanda Thomas and I have been volunteering with Vogel Alcove since 2016. I became involved through my employer, HUB International Insurance Industry, part of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation, aka IICF.
Vogel Alcove had an “ad” posted on the IICF site looking for Birthday Buddies for classrooms. I inquired and attended a Thursday morning Coffee with Kids meeting to learn more. I was hooked immediately because of the mission, to help young children overcome the lasting and traumatic effects of homelessness.
I was assigned to Ms. Jamie and Ms. Sheila’s class which is now Ms. Sheila and Ms. Mercedes class. These teachers became my good friends and whenever they need anything which does not pertain to birthdays, I make sure to provide it. I have also semi-adopted Ms. Barb’s class next door when she needs things.
I have fallen love with all the children and I know I am making a small difference with each one.
I have brought in other people to see and understand homelessness is not a drug addict begging on the corner but real families in our community who need our help.
My brother asked a question the other day; “Why do you give? Just to make yourself feel better?” My answer was our mother taught us to take care of our local community and help the people around you.
Whether it’s a farmer, a small business, or people in need. I support my local neighbors to help them to achieve something better for themselves, in hope that their families will in turn give back and help their community. It’s a full circle of taking care of your people. The old saying ‘It takes a village to help raise a child?’ I’m just a member of this village.”
Interested in joining Vogel Alcove as a volunteer this fall? Sign up for our newsletter here for details on available volunteer opportunities or email firstname.lastname@example.org