We continuously receive testimonials from volunteer members, schools, parents and community partners. They share with us the positive experience they have with the program as well as their recognition of the work we do in schools and communities across the countries.
"The idea of engaging seniors in civic work is especially important in a society that will have a growing cadre of elderly Americans seeking new ways to use their gifts and to offer something back to their country."
—E. J. Dionne, The Washington Post
Delores Bell, Experience Corps volunteer member, Baltimore
During my short time with Experience Corps I've felt like my life has meaning. I have a reason for getting up in the morning, knowing that I am going to help a child. When they say, "Miss Bell, I need some help," or "Miss Bell, will you help me," it gives me a feeling that I am needed. You cannot imagine the joy that it brings me. I now have a purpose to get up in the morning, knowing that there are children waiting for me.
Valerie Blackwell, Brehms Lane Elementary School, Baltimore
Can a child learn anything on an empty stomach? No, that's why a dedicated Experience Corps/AmeriCorps member, Mary Williams, prepared a full-course breakfast for her class. Ms. Williams also makes flash cards and buys materials like other manipulatives and rewards that she uses in her work to improve student's literacy skills.