Meet our Fall 2011 Volunteers

Learning Together's vision is creating a Community of Promise  - where children of all abilities are able to reach their full potential with the support of their family and community.  We would not be able to achieve our vision if it was not for the wonderful community that supports us.  A large portion of our supporters are volunteers. They selflessly give up their free time to make sure they are making a difference in a child's life.  Read on to find out more about our individual volunteers here this fall.

 

 

 

Who: Lynn Swanson
What: Development Intern
Where: Development Department - Every Thursday
Why: Lynn recently found some open time in her schedule over the last year, as her three children have become more independent. Not one to sit at home, Lynn signed up for the Microsoft Certification Specialist classes to bring her business and computer skills back up to speed.  While taking classes, she came across the opportunity to help a local nonprofit and apply what she was learning in school.  Lynn assists with the Development department's database, which tracks all contributions to the organization.  She inputs new contributions, adds and updates accounts, and assists with pulling reports for the Development Director. 

 

 

 

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Who: Craig Bowers
What: Developmental Day Volunteer
Where: All Classrooms - Every other Thursday
Why: Craig came to Learning Together after volunteering with a group from his church, Hayes Barton Baptist Church. He was impressed with the programs and staff and was inspired to become more involved! Craig spends time in our classrooms with students reading Braille, singing, dancing, and bringing joy. Craig not only volunteers directly with students but also serves on Learning Together's Human Rights Committee.

 

Who: Lucy Hammer
What: Developmental Day Volunteer
Where: Rotates classrooms - Three morning a week
Why: Lucy is a Child Development Major at Peace College in Raleigh.  She is volunteering at different organizations working with young children to gain experience in her field. Learning Together offers her an inclusive setting for volunteering, allowing her to gain experience with children of all abilities.

 

Who: Brice Smith
What: Communications/Development Intern
Where: Development Department - Online
Why: Brice is a senior at NC State University studying Communications with a minor in Nonprofit Studies. When he heard about Learning Together's opening, he knew it was the right fit for him!  Brice assists with Learning Together's communication vehicles; from our social media pages of facebook and twitter to press releases, news articles, and more.  Brice was attracted to Learning Together because of our mission. He believes that today's children will turn into tomorrow's leaders and that it is never too early to start them on the path to success.

 

Who: Thomasina Johnson
What: Developmental Day Volunteer
Where: Sunflowers Classroom - Three afternoons a week
Why: Thomasina is a student at Mary E. Phillips High School. She is interested in pursuing a future in Early Childhood Education. She spends time reading, playing, and teaching the students in our Sunflower classrom. Thomasina's favorite part of her day at Learning Together is afternoon circle time with the students. She enjoys watching the children's personalities emerge and grow with each new bit of knowledge!

 

 

 

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Who: Preeti Raju
What: Developmental Day Volunteer
Where: Forget Me Not Classroom - Two days a week

Why: Preeti just recently completed her Masters degree in Special Education at NC State University. She has experience with working with children of all abilities and was drawn to the uniqueness of Learning Together's programs.  Preeti assists students in the morning with transitioning from one activity to the next and prepping materials for the day.  The idea of inclusion has always been close to Preeti’s heart. Learning Together's mission, to meet the developmental, educational, and health needs of children of all abilities, closely matches her values as a professional in the field of special education. She has volunteered at Learning Together in years past and liked it so much that she decided to come back as soon as she got a chance!