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Review for Everybody Wins Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I was introduced to Everybody Wins from a co-worker, as I was looking for an opportunity to give back to the community. I had a longing to give back - to share my time and talents - in order to have a meaningful impact. I do not have the financial resources to provide funding for programs, but I possess a precious commodity I intended to share - my time! Everybody Wins is one of the most rewarding programs I have ever participated in. It's very flexible and efficient in terms of my time. Myself and a co-worker trade off each week reading to an elementary school student. In most cases, the students' parents do not speak English at home. Pairing with someone at work provides flexibility to manage my workload. Giving up one lunch hour every two weeks is hardly a sacrifice, so my time is used very efficiently. I have worked with other nonprofits where a lot of time goes by and you wonder when you are actually going to help someone. At Everybody Wins not a minute is wasted. Everyone is looking to make an impact; that's why we volunteer. Eeverybody Wins is not some "one-off" day of doing good. You get the opportunity to work with the same child week after week and year to year, which allows you to see the impact you're having on this young person. I had no experience reading to kids prior to volunteering for Everybody Wins. However, I quickly realized that my student was far behind in reading. In fact, most of the kids' parents do not speak English at this predominantly Latino elementary school. I was able to help her pronounce words correctly and read sentences more fluidly. It will take a long time for her to get caught up, but I get to play a role in getting her to a better place. What more could you ask for?

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

Having an impact on a young person's ability to read better.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Volunteer & I read to students in a predominantly Latino elementary school, where most parents generally speak very little English at home.