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Over 60 million people in America volunteer their time or talent with an organization each year. With millions of people volunteering, the saying “It’s better to give than to receive” must be true – or else this number wouldn’t be so high. But, what is it about volunteering that makes so many people want to continue volunteering year after year?
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AARP Foundation Experience Corps provides a strong solution to a serious problem. This tutoring program is an intergenerational model in which tutors who are at least 50-years-old work with a struggling student over time. More than improvement in literacy rates, volunteers and students alike are learning valuable lessons from each other simply because of the age difference!
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Read2Succeed and AARP Foundation Experience Corps are two initiatives started by Read United to fight back the alarming statistics of illiteracy in Georgia. These programs recruit volunteers to tutor kindergarten through 3rd grade kids in literacy and reading comprehension.
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Paula Newman, mother of three and grandmother of four, keeps herself busy during her retirement years by volunteering with Read United. As a former middle school teacher for 21 years, elementary counselor, and high school counselor, her passion for helping the upcoming generation is infused in her DNA.
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Virginia Gallemore’s passion for helping the upcoming generation flows through her veins like the Ocmulgee River flows through Macon. As a Macon native, Virginia has seen generations of children pass through the city schools and has personally helped many of those students find their way to success.
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Herschel Kirkland, a junior at Mercer University, believes that volunteering is crucial to community success. However, he doesn’t just talk the talk. He walks it out every single week by volunteering with Read2Succeed.
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