Books and Baseball
Thanking our AARP Experience Corps Volunteers

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On May 15, 2018, the AARP Experience Corps volunteers enjoyed an afternoon at Raley Field watching the River Cats and being recognized for their efforts in helping kids read this past school year. Over 65 people including volunteers, guests, representatives from UPS, and members from the school districts all came together.  

Volunteers shared what inspired them to get involved and why they are so passionate about continuing to help. Many volunteer because they have a personal connection to the cause coming from education backgrounds, while others have a different pull.  Children who are not reading at grade level by fourth grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school and the volunteers want to change that.  Many recognize that they are making a difference in the lives of these kids. By ensuring strong support for children who are struggling to keep up with reading, these volunteers become another positive role model for students.

A recent study found that volunteering at least 2 to 2.5 hours a week consistently provides mental health benefits to those who give back. Additionally, volunteers 50+ experienced the best results!  Not only does this benefit the volunteers, but we are seeing great improvements in the students’ reading abilities. After only one year, our local program saw greater results compared to the rest of the nation. For a full synopsis of the 2016-17 school year results, click here.

After a recent survey of the volunteers, many reported that their work allows them to stay physically and mentally active while doing good work in the community. This “glowing” effect they receive each week has actually shown to be a real sensation. 

Local baseball, BBQ, and good company made for a wonderful afternoon.  All were able to make new friends and talk about what excites them about the upcoming school year as the need for tutors is still high. More and more school districts are interested in participating, because the number of students who need help is rising.  

Want to be a part of this impactful group? Click here to find out more!