“You can make a difference” is the statement Sara Perez, an AmeriCorps member who works to connect volunteers with the educational needs of Charlotte.
Sara became involved with low-resource schools upon completing her undergraduate degree and joined AmeriCorps in Rhode Island. She began working with a program called City Year, serving as a peer mentor and full-time tutor at a middle school in Providence, Rhode Island. The experience helped to quench her long term passion of youth development and education.
Upon finishing her year with AmeriCorps in Rhode Island, Sarah decided to serve another year and moved to Charlotte, where she became involved with Hands on Charlotte. Sara knows Hands on Charlotte shares her passion for assisting in youth development and education and feels being a part of Hands on Charlotte provides her “a unique opportunity to inspire and mobilize others to get involved in and help make a difference in our schools.”
This fall will provide Sara an opportunity to begin a Hands On Charlotte program she helped design. Family Nights at Albemarle Elementary School will provide free hot meals, educational services and clubs for students and family members of the community. Sara believes this initiative will lead to more community involvement with the school, better attendance for students and a more positive course performance with classes. Community organizations and faith-based groups will be collaborating with Hands On Charlotte to help provide family focused educational programs at the school.
Beyond helping to form the Family Nights program, Sara is also involved with other HOC volunteering opportunities, including Homework Hounds.
Hands on Charlotte is extremely grateful for all Sara Perez contributes to the community and would like to thank her and recognize her contributions. Thanks to her and HOC volunteers, the community and educational needs of low-resource schools are receiving assistance to nourish the minds and lives of Charlotte’s youth.
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Editors note: This is the fifth of five entries during National Volunteer Week. If you appreciate the work of Hands On Charlotte to enhance education in our community, please signify that appreciation by donating to our spring fundraising campaign.