Each month, a volunteer at SFBFS is featured for their dedication of time and talent. This month’s volunteer spotlight is:
Katie Price - August 2015
Imagine, after attending volunteer orientation, walking into a room on your first day of volunteering greeted by 16 crying children. To some this would be an intimidating situation, but Katie Price had it under control.
Katie has served as a volunteer in Playcare Academy, a component of Youth Education at the Saca Community Learning Center (Saca CLC) since September 2013, accumulating over 400 hours of service. She became introduced to Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services by her father who is an administrative volunteer at Saca CLC. Her brother is also a volunteer, making service a family business.
Her interest in volunteering in Playcare Academy stems from her interest in speech pathology and working with children with speech delays or mutism, an anxiety disorder in which a person who is normally capable of speech does not speak in specific situations or to specific people. She is currently taking some time off from pursuing her Linguistics degree at UC Berkeley and volunteering in the classroom to gain experience and explore her strengths and interests. Brenda, Youth Education Playcare Coordinator at Saca CLC describes Katie as, “Very sensitive to the needs of kids coming in. She pays attention to their academic needs, makes them feel secure and has an open heart to all of the cultures we have here.” Katie is frequently in the classroom soothing the crying children and helping them settle in.
It is in this experience of comforting a crying child that Katie finds the most reward for her service. She reflects, “You think you’re probably going to have to bring the mom back in. Then after working with them for 10 minutes and having them calm down, by the end of the period they’re off playing on their own. Every time that happens it is incredibly and rewarding and it seems like a miracle that it happened.”
In the coming months, Katie will be helping Brenda create an environmental support system. The system will consist of photographs and videos around the classroom to help children who do not speak or understand English to comprehend the expectations of the classroom.
Service means being a part of a community for Katie. Volunteering gives her an opportunity to take a leadership role and she takes the responsibility seriously. Helping her community makes her feel that she is a part of something bigger that accomplishes something for her neighbors and community.
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