In honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month this April, we would like to take a moment to reflect on the overwhelming support the After8toEducate volunteer community provides to us on a regular basis. Volunteers have played a major role in supporting our efforts to bring shelter, stability, and support to homeless youth in Dallas ISD.
Over the last year, 457 volunteers have given their time and energy with After8toEducate by participating in beautification projects, assembling emergency packs for youth, mentoring local students, preparing the youth center for students, providing pro-bono consultation services, and special event support. This amounted to over 900 service hours at the Fannie C. Harris Youth Center and over 550 service hours offsite.
Our volunteers are choosing to support a cause they’re passionate about, whether they have just learned about student homelessness for the first time or if they experienced housing insecurity as a young person themselves. Our volunteer body is made up of people from all walks of life: from lawyers, students, managers, retail workers, retirees, and everyone in-between. Each of these individuals make it a priority to give back to their community and to our youth. We would not be capable of providing the support we do for these students without the constant, unwavering help from our volunteers. We think that is worth celebrating – today and every day!