My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Sit Stay Read Inc, Chicago, IL, USA
When I first moved to the Chicago area and wished to get involved in my new city I googled
“volunteer with my dog”. Sit Stay Read popped up and I was intrigued enough by the title that I opened the link. Literacy and dogs are my passion but I never thought I could combine the two through volunteering. I liked what I read about the program; helping to improve literacy skills and foster a love of learning in low-income classrooms with the use of dogs and mentors…..I was hooked! The staff at SSR work hard to train volunteers and then to support them once they are in the classroom. After my training I entered the classroom and was immediately infected by the enthusiasm that the kids exuded and again, I was hooked. What a joy to work with kids who are eager to show off their literacy skills to both humans and dogs! How proud they were to share the stories that they authored with us, too!
I’ve witnessed growth in the kids in both academic and social skills throughout each semester and I believe this program is responsible for that development. I couldn’t ask for more professional and caring staff and volunteers to work with and I’m honored to be apart of this organization.