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KATES CLUB INC
June 15, 2011

As a volunteer for over four years now, I've had the opportunity to work first hand with these children. I've seen them grow together with others in their grief journey through experiences at the clubhouse, within the community and in a school setting. I am humbled by their ability to express emotion and share memories with children and adults who very quickly are no longer strangers but others sharing the life path carved out by loss.
The thing that sets Kate's Club apart, in my opinion, is the balance they have found between fun, community, family, and healing. Children don't come in only to find a circle of people sitting together talking about grief, but instead find a wide variety of therapeutic approaches to healing. At times this may look like an art project expressing emotion, a song to conjure up a memory, or a tree climbing adventure to build courage. Quit often though, it looks as simple as a group of children gathering together over a pizza box getting to know each other, knowing already there is one thing they have in common.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As an elementary public school teacher, I have seen children who attend Kate's Club regularly or who have attended Kate's Club Outreach School Services make positive changes academically and socially within the school setting. Personally I have also learned about the grief process and found solace in the company of these children.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes! Just continue to expand within the community and outside of the walls of the clubhouse!

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Volunteer directly with children supporting and/or fascilitating games, outings within the community, and outreach programs within the schools. .