Dave is our volunteer spotlight of the month, and has taken the time to answer a few questions. He has volunteered as ABE student Sam Griffin's tutor since Literacy Source came to Lake City. He has now moved on to pursue other ambitions, and we're grateful he spent the last year here. We wish Dave a lot of luck in the future!
Where are you originally from? What brought you here?
Originally from Pennsylvania, I moved to Seattle to be with my wife and stepdaughter.
Please share something of your life so far and what you would like to do in the future.
I've worked and volunteered with individuals and organizations trying to improve access to education, technology, information, and a better quality of life. I'd like to find new ways to keep doing that.
Why did you choose to volunteer at LS?
I liked that Literacy Source is an organization helping adults who don't have the resources currently to continue learning. I wanted to be a part of that. A large percentage of the students are immigrants and refugees so the services provided by Literacy Source feel especially important at this time.
What do you like about volunteering at LS?
The training I received was excellent. The content is full of teaching tips and strategies. The way they teach models the way you'll tutor or teach your student(s). I also enjoyed the experience of tutoring with a student. It was an opportunity to learn more about the student as well as myself.
Any stories or highlights from volunteering at LS?
The highlight for me was to see the students' determination to learn. They came to a tutor session with all the responsibilities of the day on their mind and they still managed to focus on their learning. They developed some amazing strategies to navigate life over the years, but they wanted to keep learning in order to improve their skills. It was inspiring to me.
What might people not know about you?
I've been taking piano lessons, which at times feels like a second language. Being a learner (of music) and a tutor (with Literacy Source) - at the same time - has given me a better understanding of encouragement, patience, and the excitement of learning something new.
Dave (right) is pictured above with his tutoring student, Sam.