We’re excited to introduce you to our August Volunteer of the Month, Susan Miller. Susan joined our volunteer cohort through RSVP during the 2021-2022 school year! She supports our Book Club, which is part of our Write After School program and supported Summer Workshops this year. Learn more about Susan by reading below:
826NYC: How did you first get involved with 826NYC, and why did you decide to volunteer?
Susan: I had passed by the Superhero Supply Store many times when I walked down 5th Avenue and wondered what went on there. After I retired I found out that there was a reading and writing center in the back called 826NYC. I decided to volunteer last fall because reading and writing are two of my favorite activities and I wanted to help children learn to love reading and writing.
826NYC: What’s your favorite part of 826NYC?
Susan: My favorite part of 826NYC is getting to know all the kids. Everyone I meet is wonderful—each in their own way. It’s a real pleasure to be able to share my love of reading and writing with them. The staff and other volunteers at 826NYC are also so friendly and fabulous.
826NYC: What do you do when you’re not at 826NYC?
Susan: When I’m not at 826NYC I do some weightlifting, yoga, hiking and biking. I also volunteer to walk dogs for disabled seniors, and I just started taking an improv class, which I love.
826NYC: What advice would you give to a new volunteer?
Susan: I would tell new volunteers to be patient, it takes time to get to know the children, especially if you are only there one or two times a week. Consistency in volunteering is very helpful I found. But once you get to know the kids it’s very rewarding.
826NYC: What is your superpower?
Susan: My superpowers are lifting heavy things and getting people who are in bad moods to smile.