Center for Children and Families, Inc.
April 18, 2011
For the last 4 years, I have spent my Monday nights with the Center for Children & Families, Inc. at the Neighborhood Centers program. To say that it has positively impacted my life is an understatement. The people I've met, the kids I've spent countless hours with, and the programs CCFI has each year have all shaped me into the person I am today. My favorite aspect of volunteering is the mentoring relationships with the kids that we have built together over the last 4 years. I've been able to have meaningful conversations with kids and provide words of encouragement and affirmation on a weekly basis. I have to believe on some sort of level that this has helped each child move toward a greater grasp of their self-worth and self-efficacy. From playing on the playground to arts & crafts, Neighborhood Centers provides a consistent environment for children to play in the evening. The staff and volunteers year after year continue to blow me away with their positivity, work ethic, and compassionate hearts. There's a reason I've stayed with CCFI for 4 years and the only reason I will stop is when I move out of Norman. Even after I leave, I will continue to find ways to give back to this great organization. I've made it my mission to share my story with others and encourage them to volunteer with CCFI as well. My hope is that CCFI continues to see success as they strive to provide safe and caring environments for children and families.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Watching students develop and grow up whether it's a shift in attitude or interests. It's inspiring!
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Continue to evaluate and assess best practices for the NC program. Also, remind volunteers that every student is at a different level or stage in their developmental process... so meet them "there" and then continue to push them to their greatest potential.
Volunteer & I volunteered with children on a weekly basis at an after school /evening program.