My first exposure to WITS was over 10 years ago when I was looking for a volunteer opportunity. A good friend suggested I join the Associates Board (AB) as she knew that I loved reading and kids. After I joined the AB, I volunteered with the Saturday tutoring program at Walsh Elementary. Shortly after, a job change led me to LaSalle Bank which participated in all of the WITS school day programs. I quickly signed up to volunteer in all of them. It was the kids that completely drew me in… their enthusiasm and desire to learn was contagious and I haven’t looked back since.
I’m fortunate that my current company also supports WITS, so I’m able to volunteer and be on the WITS Board of Directors. When I signed up to be a volunteer, I wanted to make a difference in children’s lives that may not have the resources I had growing up. I felt that by giving kids confidence through reading, they could then go on to pursue other dreams in life. What an experience it has been for me. These kids have made the same, if not larger, impact on me. It’s amazing to see the effect one hour every other week can have, both academically and socially. It’s an indescribable feeling to watch a student who struggled with reading at the beginning of the school year finish their year at a higher reading level, and with a greater level of confidence. And to know that I was a small part of that achievement feels very rewarding.
Learn more about Carolyn and our Board of Directors here