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What “The Red Shirts” Mean To Alexander

April 4, 2019  |  Comments Off on What “The Red Shirts” Mean To Alexander

Thanks to the generosity of more than 50 colleagues from Wells Fargo, the children in Psychiatric Residential Treatment and Charlotte Day Treatment have been able to participate in over seven different group activities over the course of three weeks. During their visits, volunteers hosted cookie baking, arts and crafts, and games including a kickball challenge amongst classrooms.

The volunteer groups like Wells Fargo give the kids at Alexander an opportunity to play like other kids.

Instead of recess between classroom sessions, our kids are getting a chance to play between therapeutic or skill-building classes. The volunteers see the kids at Alexander as kids rather than children struggling with mental or behavioral challenges.

It reminds the kids that people care about them and that there is hope for healing and recovery.

“The red shirt people,” though, they have brought joy to our kids’ lives and they have brought even more to the agency. The time that our volunteers spend with our kids, not only gives them positive role models, but also the chance to build positive relationships.

The volunteers can see changes in kids over the weeks that they spend here. They have a chance to get to know the staff and learn more about the difficult lives many of our kids have had before arriving at Alexander.

Volunteers see our kids beyond their diagnosis and see our staff for their dedication to the kids. They even hosted a staff appreciation breakfast with coffee and donuts and decorated the residential treatment classroom doors as a surprise to staff. The dedication of the Wells Fargo volunteers is supported by Jeremy Swinson of Wells Fargo Securities, and member of the Alexander Children’s Foundation Board. He shared, “I can think of no greater place than Alexander to invest our time and resources.”

Volunteer groups like Wells Fargo have a resounding impact on the organization, on our kids’ lives, and on our staff. The fun days that our volunteers plan remind our kids that there are caring adults in this world and there is hope for healing.

Host a group volunteer activity by contacting Ashley Nieves at anieves@aynkids.org.


Written by Emily Gordon.

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