Friday, September 17, 2010

"Why I Give" by Elana Mendelson

We love hearing stories from volunteers about the programs, the kids, and fun events, but Elana wanted to tell us about why she gives to SitStayRead. Elana is a friend, volunteer, and dedicated board member. You're a rock star Elana, and we're lucky to have your support!

Elana tells us, "Why I Give..."
"I was raised to believe that no matter how much or how little you have, there is always an opportunity to give back. I began giving my time as a Dog Team and fell in love with the SitStayRead program. Seeing firsthand what the children got from reading to my pug Slugger was a powerful experience.

After spending some time in the program, I realized that any financial commitment no matter how big or small could help. This past summer I made a pledge of $1,000 to be taken monthly out of my checking account. Even though I don't make a lot of money, I realized that there are children out there who need help developing the basic skills necessary for success and my support would make a difference.

SitStayRead has developed a successful program with proven results. You only need to step into a classroom once to see the powerful impact. That's why I give."


Johanna said...

As a long time supporter of SSR, I thank you, Elana, for your hands-on involvement as a volunteer and board member. This organization does so much good -- you have a lot to be proud of!

And as a one-time development director, I thank you for "putting your money where your heart is" and making a substantial commitment.

It means so much.

Elana said...

Thanks Johanna. :)