Meet our October Volunteer of the Month: Joanne Ramadani!


October 2017


Joanne is a Brooklyn native and graduated Macaulay Honors College at Baruch College. In her spare time, she likes to listen to “actual play” podcasts and read Sci-Fi/Fantasy books.

How did you first get involved with 826NYC and why did you decide to volunteer?

I first got involved with 826NYC after having heard about 826LA through a show called Critical Role. One of the cast members mentioned that there might be an 826 branch in my area, and I figured that there had to be one in NYC. As soon as I read the mission statement, I knew I wanted to get involved. I love reading and working with children, so I felt like it was meant to be.

What’s your favorite part of volunteering at 826NYC?

I love when the kids start interacting with the prompt for the day. It’s super exciting to help them brainstorm!

What do you do when you’re not at 826NYC?

When I’m not at 826NYC, I’m usually working on a variety of creative projects and trying to kickstart my career in publishing.

What advice would you give a new volunteer?

Ask questions to get the kids thinking outside the box, don’t be afraid to take the time you and the kids need to solve things, and above all, keep it positive!

What are your superpowers?

I’m an empath and have enhanced speed (but only when I’m reading).