September 13, 2016 | Comments Off on Volunteer Spotlight: Pressly Williams
Meet Alexander volunteer Pressly Williams. Pressly is 25 years old and grew up a couple of miles from Alexander. After college, she joined the family business (Renfrow Hardware). She also operates and manages a small farm in downtown Matthews called Renfrow Farms which sells fruits, vegetables, flowers and honey. She has been married to her husband for two years and is actively involved in their church. Pressly has been a dinner buddy for the past three months and enjoys doing all kinds of activities with her buddy.
What surprised you most about volunteering as a dinner buddy?
I was surprised to see just how much these kids crave adult interaction, constancy in relationship, and individualized attention. It’s been super fun to get to know and spend one-on-one time with an 11 year old. Despite our many differences, we have developed a true friendship throughout the past several months!
Any funny or inspiring stories to share about your dinner buddy?
My dinner buddy and I just have so much fun together! My buddy and I play basketball together for a full hour almost every single week. She practically inhales her food every time I come so that we can get to the gym as quickly as possible.
What do you wish other people knew about Alexander?
I wish everyone knew just how heartbreaking it is to sit in the cafeteria at dinnertime, simply observing all of these precious children eating and talking. I watch them and am brought back to my own childhood days eating lunch at school, lighthearted and carefree. And yet these precious children, who are so young and beautiful, have experienced neglect and abuse that I cannot fathom, carrying burdens that I cannot conceive. And yet I know and see that we are in fact much more alike than we are different. We all want to be loved, cherished and valued.
Yet there is hope! The staff at Alexander are doing all that is in their power to help these children cope with their troubles, learn to control their behaviors, heal from the trauma that has so deeply wounded them, and understand their worth and value in this world. The staff are truly changing lives with their deliberate care for these kids. We volunteers are privileged to come alongside them and be part of these precious children’s lives for this season!
What do you do when you aren’t working or volunteering?
I enjoy spending time with my husband, family and friends. I am a fanatic about growing flowers and love that it gets to be part of my job! I also love to read and listen to podcasts.
Interested in volunteer opportunities? We have a variety of ways for you to help our children. Visit our website and fill out the volunteer interest form.