In honor of National Volunteer Week, we asked a few of our volunteers about their experience! Kate Adams has been volunteering with THC since 2013. In her time with THC she has served over 75 hours with our youth enrichment and tutoring programs!
Tell us about yourself
I am originally from New Jersey, and moved to D.C. in 2012. I’ve been living here since, minus a 9-month period where I traveled across the country, lived on a farm in Seattle, WA. I am heading accutane dry skin to law school in the fall and am trying to soak in all the yoga, adventure and outdoors time I can before I start.
What motivated you to volunteer as a tutor with THC?
I have always been involved with volunteering in my communities, and wanted to continue this in D.C. I found THC by chance online, and applied to volunteer. I fell in love with the staff, mission, and kids as soon as I started, and I’ve been hooked since.
What do you like to do for fun?
I love to hike and climb mountains (which was significantly more convenient in Seattle than DC!). I practice yoga, spend as much time outside as buy propecia online I can, play pool and discover DC.
Talk about an inspiring moment you experienced during natural viagra tutoring
I worked with a young girl a few months ago learning letters. When we first started, she hadn’t really started to form a connection between the shape of the letter, its sound and identity. Being there for her learning process and the look on her face when she started to forge the connection was inspiring. It’s amazing to witness what even a small amount of one-on-one teaching and attention can accomplish.
Talk about a funny moment you experienced during tutoring
The Halloween party! The costumes were amazing.
What are some of the challenges you faced while volunteering?
Discipline is natural viagra the hardest for me. I feel that I’m not really in a place to apply discipline, and don’t have enough of a presence in the kids’ lives to be seen as an authority figure. Getting them to listen to me when they’re misbehaving is tough.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering THC?
Definitely the opportunity to take a step back from my life and immerse myself in another community every week. Sometimes it can be hard to motivate myself to drive to volunteering after a long work day, but I never regret going.
What is a lesson you have learned through volunteering with THC?
Patience. The experience of tutoring a sometimes-rowdy group of young children has taught me to breathe deeply, remain calm, and practice patience and compassion in the midst of chaos.