August 17, 2020 | Comments Off on Virtual Volunteering
As we continue to navigate through the new normal of virtual volunteerism, we have been grateful to have our volunteers adapt to the changes.
Our friends at Bright Blessings continue to make each of our kids feel special and loved on their birthday by providing birthday gifts, treats, and an activity or craft to help celebrate their special day. Our Hickory Grove Bible Study group send crafts related to the weekly lesson for the kids to do along with the volunteers during their Zoom sessions. Elevation Church provided breakfast for our staff and assembled snack packs and backpacks for our kids during LOVE Week. Although we miss seeing our wonderful volunteers in person, these alternatives have created many smiles and are greatly appreciated by the staff and children of Alexander!
This unique time has also given us the opportunity to start up new virtual volunteer programs.
One of those programs has been a virtual art class with volunteer, Elizabeth Hunter. Elizabeth has been connected to Alexander for several years now through her mother, Jane, who served on the Alexander Youth Network Board. Several years ago, Elizabeth and her siblings spent some time over spring break assembling teacher appreciation gifts for all of our staff members. After talking with family friends who are also heavily involved at Alexander about how the days look different for the kids and without volunteers visiting, she decided she wanted to share her love for art with the children at Alexander. For the past six weeks, Elizabeth has been hosting weekly art lessons with the children via Zoom. The kids have enjoyed their time with Elizabeth as she walks them step by step through coloring a sunset.
Sometimes the kids follow her technique exactly, but every so often there is a child that wants to put their own twist on the drawing with the addition of trees, birds, or in one case, even mountain lions. Elizabeth welcomes the children to express their creativity and encourages them to use their imagination and make it unique.
“I’ve loved teaching the art class to the kids. My favorite part is when they would finish their artwork and walk up to the camera and show me their awesome drawings. It is so cool to see their creativity,” says Elizabeth.
Art class with Elizabeth has not only been a wonderful outlet for our kids to express their creativity, but it has also helped them practice patience, promote relaxation, and given them a boost of confidence when they get to show off their art to the rest of the group at the end of class.
Thank you, Elizabeth, for sharing your gift with our kids
Along with art, Elizabeth is not only a talented artist but also an athlete. She enjoys playing field hockey and soccer at Charlotte Latin, where she is a rising senior. Elizabeth has also learned how to surf and play tennis during the quarantine.
If you are looking for an opportunity to get involved and have a talent or skill you’d like to share from the safety of your own home, please contact Ashley Nieves.