My experience with WCC started by attending an orientation about how to become a Foster/Adoptive parent. From that initial meeting I knew this was the agency for me. The staff were well knowledgable and welcomed me in a warm and compassionate manner. I am also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, but more someone desiring to adopt a child. I began my journey in 2011 and have successfully adopted my daughter as of October 2013. The road was rough, but with the loving and caring support from the staff at WCC, I was able to overcome challenges, losses and obstacles faced along the way. I am forever grateful to WCC for helping fulfill my dream of becoming a mom.
I would have to echo what my fellow volunteers have said about the Westside Childrens' Center being a well-run institution that is making a positive impact on peoples' lives. As a retired teacher from a nearby high school, I have run into a number of former students who are either being served by the Center or who are now employed there. They have told me how happy they are to be associated with the Center. I am proud of the volunteer projects that I have participated in and always feel that my time there is well-spent.
WCC knows that "it takes a village" to raise a child and provide optimal support to a family. How wise they are to welcome adults as well as students from elementary, middle, high school and college to partner with them to build a healthier tomorrow for their families. My children and I have been enriched by our meaningful volunteer hours at WCC's child care center for over a decade. Additionally, we have been pleased to know that both our financial and in-kind donations are put to thoughtful use by the center. Simply call their Volunteer Coordinator and ask, "How can I help?"
I run the community service program at a high school in the area and we are so lucky to have the opportunity to connect with the WCC and to bring our students to the center to volunteer. We have several student developed service projects that have been launched at the center and their willingness to collaborate and help our students learn more as we find ways to support the needs of the center and their clients has been remarkable!
I am so grateful to have been introduced to Westside Children's Center 8 years ago. I've helped out in many different capacities ~~ at community events and fundraisers, helping with mailings and serving food. My experience interacting with not only the faculty/staff, but also with the children and their families, has been positive. The children/families are happy and cared for in a great environment and the administration and staff are hard working, dedicated individuals giving their best. I'm proud to be associated with them!
I have been volunteering in the Garden at the Westside Children’s Center for about two years. I help the children plant seeds, tend the soil, water the plants, harvest the fruits and vegetables and even help with the composting. The children arrive with huge smiles ready to work and get dirty. We always provide a lesson in the garden related to the planting process. The children are able to experience the plant growth cycle from seed to harvest. They are able to eat what they grow and even take some home to share with their families. The pride and joy the children feel is tremendous. It is a very nurturing and loving environment. In the garden the children express their passion for learning about the earth.
Westside Children's Center is a wonderful place! My 12-year-old daughter has been volunteering there for two years, and it is one of her favorite things to do. She loves working with the children when she volunteers, whether it is playing on the playground or reading in the classroom. She also enjoys helping out the staff, whom she says are always kind and thoughtful. WCC has always been very accommodating when coordinating my daughter's volunteer days, and everyone I have met and interacted with has been helpful, appreciative and professional. The facility is beautiful and is a great learning environment for the children. I am so glad my daughter found WCC, and I hope she continues to volunteer there for many years to come!
My 11-year-old daughter visited the WCC with her 5th grade class last spring and asked me to sign her up to volunteer right away. She put in more than 70 hours during the summer and had such a positive experience that she says she wants to be a teacher. Mastering her responsibilities, overcoming challenges, and winning the trust and respect of the WCC teachers and students helped build her confidence. She still adores the kids she got to know and the warm, loving, committed teachers who were able to train and support her very affectionately while running a busy classroom. She plans to go back every day she has off from school. We feel very grateful that the WCC has such a positive relationship with her elementary school and that this program is available to her! It has been a life-changing experience!
I began volunteering at WCC several years ago. From the very beginning, I was moved by the dedication of those who went way beyond their pay grade just to make things work. But what really captivated me were the good humor and smiles on those faces who dealt with delays, financial constraints and the daily challenges of preparing the children for a promising future.
The change in just the past few years has been nothing short of miraculous. They now have a library for the children, a new lounge where staff can rest or work in comfortable surroundings. They have cultivated a delightful hands-on garden for the little ones.
I guess it's the cheerful vibes that I feel whenever I show up for volunteering that makes me know that their positive energy is surely touching all who enter their loving world.
I had been working with them for more than 10 years. I am a Child Care Provider and my experience, in the beginning was good, then they had problems to pay us for more than 3 months sometimes and they never pay us on time.
They are not serious in their work, and we never know what to expect form them.
We don't have yet a copy of the contract that we signed last year.
I am still working with them because I have some children from their program for a long time.