Teen Leader Sheds Light on Volunteering

December 7, 2009 at 2:05 pm Leave a comment

Laura Furman, a Teen Leadership Council member, describes her experience volunteering with Cradles to Crayons.

I first learned about Cradles to Crayons as a middle schooler at the Rashi School. As a Jewish school, one of their core values was Tikkun Olam (healing the world), so naturally they put a large emphasis on community service. In sixth grade, my entire class went to the warehouse to work for a day. I was surprised that…

… even though I was counting puzzle pieces all day, I had fun. When I heard about Teen Leadership Council through my High school I decided to apply immediately.  It was the perfect opportunity to take the next step and get more involved. TLC’ers get to go in more frequently and help lead groups as well as volunteer alongside them. Every time I have worked at Cradles it has been different, but always fun because of the people volunteering. Plus, it’s almost impossible to be grumpy when you get to play with children’s toys or sort out tiny little baby clothes and shoes. TLC is also great because it can help teens with their leadership skills; they get to practice giving explanations of the station they are working at, and learn to answer any questions people have about Cradles. It also goes beyond the warehouse, explaining to people out in their community what Cradles does. Whenever someone asks me, I warn them I have a whole spiel.

Everyone can volunteer at Cradles. Little kids, teens, parents, I’ve even lead a group where a father had his baby in a sling for the whole time. Even babies can volunteer. One of my favorite things about Cradles is that it allows the volunteers to feel a connection with the kids they are helping by showing their names on the order slips and teaching volunteers to be considerate of the quality of the packs. Cradles to Crayons makes it so easy to volunteer that there’s really no reason not to.

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Entry filed under: Boston, Guest Blogger, Volunteer Experience.

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