Recently I looked up, “What do volunteers mean to non-profit organizations?” and the first entry read “Volunteers help keep the doors open and enable nonprofits to deliver vital programs and services”. What an understatement! From our perspective, volunteers are an invaluable asset in helping us uplift our students. Quite simply, they can multiply the impact of all we do!
The rewards of volunteering are many. Not only is volunteering a rewarding way to give back to one’s community, donating time to help students is also fun! Of course, you don’t have to take my word for it. Meet Anne.
Anne Ishee is a Brookstone volunteer with a huge heart! She volunteers as a lunch buddy, spending quality time with her partnered student, Christian, during his lunch period. She fills in as a classroom helper when needed, and many other roles as well.
Recently, she encouraged her women’s group at Westminster Presbyterian to volunteer as a group, helping with Field Day activities, providing lunches, and giving teachers space to prepare for the next lesson. We are extremely grateful to them for their service!
In her own words….
“I have really enjoyed volunteering at Brookstone over the years. It has been such a blessing to me to be a small part of these kids’ life. I love the mission of Brookstone and how they teach the children to not only have confidence in themselves and learn with excellence but have the confidence of who they are in Christ. I am beyond thankful to be a part of this school and to have this opportunity in our community for families.”
Looking ahead, we are thrilled to be able to re-open our programs next fall and invite our volunteers to join us. How thankful we are to have such kindhearted people, like Anne, who sacrifice their time to make the students of Brookstone feel loved and appreciated.
Director of Development