In celebration of National Volunteer Week, we would like to introduce you to one of our volunteers. Please meet Emily!
Emily, a sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis, volunteers at Places for People as a tutor, helping the people we serve prepare for the HiSet test to achieve their educational goals.
Why did you choose to volunteer at Places for People?
I chose to volunteer with Places for People because it is a wonderful organization. I love that the organization doesn’t shy away from the big issues that affect so much of our St. Louis community. Places for People is dedicated to helping their clients and making a change, even when it is difficult.
What have you learned from your experiences as a volunteer?
Volunteering with Places for People has really opened my eyes to the different challenges faced by people of all ages, races, and genders. Bonding with the clients at PfP has taught me that kindness and understanding really can change the world.
What has your experience been like?
My experience as a tutor has taught me so much more than I am able to give back to the clients. Their strength and perseverance through so many life challenges has been inspiring and humbling. Each day they inspire me to be kinder, work harder, and appreciate the little joys in life.
What is the most rewarding part of being a volunteer?
This inspiration and new perspective on life is by far the most rewarding aspect of being part of this organization. The clients and staff are all wonderful, and they have really changed my life.
To learn about current volunteer opportunities at Places for People, please visit our volunteer page.