How did you first get involved at YES?
In 2010, I retired from public school teaching after 27 years. I got my undergraduate degree from Rutgers and my graduate degree in teaching from Harvard. I served in the Peace Corps in Honduras when I was young and now that I was retired I wanted to give back to the community. I first met Mr. Barry at the Rutgers Volunteer Fair and have been tutoring at YES for the seven years since. I got involved with Oasis Summer Camp last year. At that time, I stopped working at my previous summer camp (I had been there for 35 years), but I still wanted to be involved with camp and kids. Oasis was the perfect opportunity.
What is a memorable moment you remember from Oasis Summer Camp?
My favorite activity from last summer was the scavenger hunt around New Brunswick because it was fun and interesting. It was also good exercise and the kids were really into it.
What are some positive impacts you've seen from summer camp?
Oasis gives the kids a place to go with fun, positive activities and cool trips, and keeps them off the streets. I am volunteering again this summer because I had such a positive summer last year.
Why are you volunteering again this summer?
The camp is well run, organized, and the kids are very affectionate. By volunteering at Oasis, I can have a good time while giving back to the community and getting to know some dynamite kids!