“We couldn’t do it without you.” That sentiment has never been uttered more sincerely or appropriately than on April 16 at the VU volunteer appreciation dinner. All VU volunteers–from the president of the board to the newest homework helper–donate their time. And although everyone appreciated the lovely dinner and kind words of thanks, I am sure everyone would agree that working with the students is its own reward. Seeing improvement in students’ skills, confidence, and attitude can’t be topped!
VU volunteers range in age from teens to retirees, and several of them (two high school students and four “youngsters” who have been out of high school a very long time) were recognized for their especially generous gifts of time. Attendees were also able to meet two of the founders of VU, Darryl and Maria Smith, who shared the inspiring story of how VU was started 18 years ago, giving new volunteers a fresh perspective on the program.