April was National Volunteer Appreciation Month and local nonprofit School on Wheels has been celebrating with its volunteers throughout Southern California. Recently 30+ volunteers from Ventura County gathered for a late lunch at Aloha Steakhouse on California Street where several volunteers received Presidential Service Awards for volunteering over 100 hours.
Catherine Meek (Pictured third from the right), Executive Director and also a Ventura Volunteer Tutor stated “Volunteers are the tailwinds for our homeless students, we tend to think about the obstacles our homeless students have to overcome but by having a School on Wheels tutor these students have a much better chance to do well and succeed in school. Homeless students need extra time and attention and we need more volunteers, just like you, to help these kids who are experiencing trauma and instability at such a young age.”
Catherine impressed upon the volunteers that they need to talk about homeless children, why they need our help and how they as volunteer tutors are making a difference in Ventura County. Volunteers tend to be a modest lot, but in these uncertain times, we all need to talk about what we are doing to make a difference in our community and the need for others to do the same. To find out more about School on Wheels you can visit their website, www.schoolonwheels.org. The next introductory tutor training for Ventura County Volunteers is on Thursday, May 11th from 5.30 pm at the VCCF Nonprofit center in Camarillo.