Why I volunteer

“I volunteer at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland because they remember.

‘Hi Miss Alyssa.’

‘Will you help me with my homework again?’

‘Will you play bumper pool with me? I’m going to beat you this time.’

‘Will you read with me?’

“At first, they didn’t remember I helped with homework, played games and read with them, and at first, you don’t think you’re making a difference. But there comes a point when they do remember, and you hope those small reminders of hope, success, encouragement and perseverance will stick with them forever.”

–Alyssa Raymond, WKYC Cleveland