If I could, I'd volunteer every day. Sunday Friends brought fulfillment and purpose to my life. Having lived in poverty, it gives me relief to watch children earn brighter futures through involvement. Parents often remark that they are more interested in and involved with their children since joining Sunday Friends. When volunteering, one is truly making a tangible difference in someone's life that positively impacts everyone's future.
I started volunteering with Sunday Friends in 2004. It has grown beautifully over the years. With the help of a dedicated team of staff and volunteers, this organization is uniquely designed to bring together parents and their children in an environment that allows families to develop together. Parents are educated on topics such as health, English literacy, and parenting skills. Children are mentored by volunteers who instill in them positive values and behaviors. Volunteers (both children and adults) can embrace of sense of giving, mentorship, leadership and compassion.
Sunday friends is a refreshingly unique and modern outlook on giving back. The only drawback to the program is that they don't have their own community center! (Which they deserve) The program has so many different activities and motions that help the families they serve. I am grateful to volunteer for a program like theirs.
I have been volunteering with Sunday Friends for over a year. We spend Sunday afternoons cooking, making crafts or doing educational activities. The client families earn tickets by spending the time doing the various activities. They can then redeem the tickets for toys, toiletries or other items. When I have participated it has been a very fun and satisfying experience. We are all working together on interesting tasks and it is productive. We make lots of delicious food, and make crafts that will be used to decorate libraries and other public spaces. The kids in client families usually work with the volunteers on my activities, and they are proud to show their creativity and earn tickets. I highly recommend to participate in this organization.
I'm always awed by the programs offered to Sunday Friends families. There are opportunities to improve English, learn about health & nutrition, vision screenings, and bicycle safety clinics just to name a few. Sunday Friends gives parents the tools to improve their lives and those of their children.
Sunday Friends is an amazing organization which helps many families come out of poverty. Children are taught the importance of hard work and the benefits reacted from it. As a volunteer, I watched firsthand the positive impact this organization brings. I hope it is available for many generations to come.
We at EqOpTech are a team of high school students that partners and volunteers at Sunday Friends to (a) recycle, refurbish and redeploy laptops for the laptop home usage program (b) roll out and implement pilot STEM education workshops such as Khan Academy or Scratch. Under the Sunday Friends' STEM program, students from low-income families will now have easy access to computers to review online educational content, such as Khan Academy to learn important STEM and computer skills to excel at school.
This is the best volunteer work I have done for families. It provides life skills learning for each member of the group as well as the opportunities to serve others and earn things for themselves. Because of this the adults and the children retain their dignity and are not cast in a passive hands out role. I work mostly with the children and they are so very proud of the gifts they have made for others such as elders in convalescent homes or children in hospitals. It is great therapy for this old heart to see the smiles of accomplishment and satisfaction on these young faces.