November 21, 2012
I used to work with SS kids as a staff member and have only occasionally volunteered over the past 6 years. What strikes me most about this program is not its focus on academics or its providing exercise opportunities through the sport of squash. Rather, what I love most is that everyone involved feels as though they have a second family, a community of support, laughter, genuine respect and yes, love. I recruited a 7th grade student years ago, saw her through middle school and high school, shared her high school years, stood as a proud "parent " at her graduation, thrilled with her on her journey through Haverford College which included a semester at Emory and a stint in Ghana, then stood again at her college graduation. This young woman and I had lunch last month as I hugged her and sent her off to Lesotho for her adventure in the Peace Corps. It is she who has taught me more than I could have ever taught her or any of the other kids. Squash smarts makes these relationships possible.
Would you volunteer for this group again?
For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?
Did the organization use your time wisely?
Would you recommend this group to a friend?
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?