Volunteers: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!

“… you are having a direct impact on the lives of people, not just by helping them learn English or citizenship, but also by being a welcoming presence in our community …” – Dawn Sackett, CNA classroom volunteer

This week, we thought we’d highlight one of the best parts of the Center for New Americans: our awesome volunteers!

Many of us teachers are lucky to have Dawn Sackett in our classrooms.  She helps out in the evenings in the Lit 2 and Oral 2 classrooms, as well as Saturday mornings in the Citizenship 3 classroom. Dawn is a welcoming, kind presence in the classroom, and the students (and teachers) love to see her!

Dawn

Dawn helping a student in the Lit 2 evening class.

Oral 2 Teacher Judy Stadem says of Dawn, “She is a lot of fun, very approachable, and always willing to jump in with whatever is needed.”  Citizenship 3 Teacher Matt Miller says, “Dawn is very reliable, the students know her really well, and she could run the classroom.”

Here are Dawn’s own words about her time spent volunteering with us.

How long have you been volunteering at LSS Center for New Americans?

I’ve been helping with English classes for almost three years, and I’ve been helping with citizenship classes for about a year and a half.

What do you enjoy about volunteering?

I love getting to meet the people taking the classes.  I learn so much about them and their cultures, and I have so much fun.  Even if I’m having a bad day, I know that when I get to class, I’m going to feel great.  That has never failed.

If someone is considering volunteering, what would you say to them?

If you are considering volunteering, I think you should do it.  The students and the teachers are so appreciative of the volunteers, and you will know every day that you are having a direct impact on the lives of people, not just by helping them learn English or citizenship, but also by being a welcoming presence in our community.

Thank you for giving your time and talent to our program, Dawn! We couldn’t do it without you!

If you would like to volunteer at the Center for New Americans, please check out Our Volunteer Info Page!

By Lindy Obach, ESL Instructor, LSS Center for New Americans

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