It is our position that underutilized volunteerism, resources and talent should be shifted to the organizations that need it most. Often times, there is an overabundance of volunteers at schools or organizations who, in actuality, need them the least. Low volunteer turnover can easily put the squeeze on available opportunities. PTO monopolies and tiresome politics can downright suck the enthusiasm out of a willing and able volunteer.
There are many schools in Hamilton and Boone counties that have a low parent volunteer rate. If you want to read to children, and there is no opportunity at your child’s school, volunteer at a school in need. A great example of cooperative giving is by the staff and students at Creekside Middle School. During a recent Creekside Student Challenge, students and staff donated books to The Lunch Club in Sheridan that serves meals to children and adults in need during summers and school breaks. The Lunch Club provides books for loan to all participants. In 2007, 400 meals were served during the summer. Last year, 7,610 meals were served to adults and children in need during all school breaks.