We’re excited to introduce you to our June Volunteer of the Month, Ru Marshall. Ru joined us as a volunteer in our Write After School Book Club in Fall 2021. They get our students so excited about the stories their reading, whether it’s a book about New York City or a witch learning to use her powers! Learn more about Ru’s experience at 826NYC and what they’re currently writing below.
826NYC: How did you first get involved with 826NYC, and why did you decide to volunteer?
Ru: I became involved with 826NYC after moving to Prospect Heights last summer. For many years I’ve been volunteering with kids, and I wanted to find an organization that was based in my neighborhood, or at least close to it.
826NYC: What’s your favorite part of 826NYC?
Ru: 826NYC impressed me immediately with how well organized it was (I’ve worked with some pretty chaotic groups). Last fall I began working with the First through Third graders on Monday afternoons. Then I graduated to the Fourth and Fifth graders.
826NYC: What do you do when you’re not at 826NYC?
Ru: I’m a writer and a visual artist, and I’m currently completing work on a biography of the faux-anthropologist and cult leader Carlos Castaneda.
826NYC: What advice would you give to a new volunteer?
Ru: My advice to a new a volunteer is quite straightforward: be yourself. Hold the space. Show respect. Kids always know more than they think we know. Have fun.