Celebrating Volunteer Week 2017

  1. Updates

Q&A with Samuel Follansbee

In one word, how would your friends, family, or colleagues describe you?

Sincere

When, where, and what was the first place you ever participated as volunteer?

When I was very young, I used to accompany my parents as they delivered meals to sick people in our parish. However, my first true volunteer engagement was in the seventh grade, when I first served as an assistant basketball coach to my little brother's recreational team. By the time I got to high school, I served as the head coach.

What motivates you to volunteer?

I embrace the opportunity to provide friendship, perspective, and guidance to those I am fortunate enough to work with. If I can make someone's day, then I believe I am making our community a better place, and am thus doing my job.

What have you found most inspiring during your volunteer work with Playworks?

The seemingly boundless positivity and excitement the students of Henry C. Lea Elementary radiate every day is what I find to be the most inspiring aspect of volunteering with Playworks


Q&A with Eva Sanchez

In one word, how would your friends, family, or colleagues describe you?

Dedicated

When, where, and what was the first place you ever participated as a volunteer?

As a teenager, I volunteered with Camden Promise which focused on inner-city children and keeping them occupied with fun activities that motivated them to focus on positive things in their lives. At Camden Promise as volunteers, our primary goal was to be a big brother and sister to our kids and set positive examples in their lives.

What motivates you to volunteer?

My motivation as a volunteer is to see the self-confidence in children growing and to see them achieve the goals they set for themselves. To help these children understand that the only limits in their lives are the ones they set themselves.

What have you found most inspiring during your volunteer work with Playworks?

The most inspiring thing I have encountered while volunteering with Playworks has been the maturing of students. You see the growth of working as a team and the genuine consideration of classmates feelings and well being. Also, students' drive to become leaders and Junior Coaches.

What do you want people knew about Playworks?

One thing I would like people to know about Playworks is that the staff and volunteers truly have a sense of responsibility towards the children, as we spend a good amount of time with them. We see the potential in everyone and attempt to gear them towards their greatness.

More Updates


August 24, 2021

Playworks Founder Jill Vialet Publishes ‘Why Play Works’ ›

Play brings out the best in every kid. Over the course of 25 years since Jill Vialet founded Playworks, she and her colleagues, as well as researchers and play experts, have demonstrated precisely how and why play works to help kids learn and grow in the most positive and healthy ways. Jill gathered stories from people…

March 25, 2021

Top 6 Games to Play Physically Distant with No Equipment ›

As more and more schools transition back to in-person learning, we know educators are looking for games that are physically-distant and don’t require equipment. The need for play is more important than ever due to the isolation that our kids have endured during COVID-19. Play encourages creativity, flexibility, teamwork, and other critical social skills. We’ve…

March 12, 2021

Playworks: One Year Later ›

One year ago… All of our partner schools closed their buildings and our work serving kids in schools risked coming to a halt. We knew our mission had to continue. We remained committed to providing opportunities for joy and connection through play for kids in a COVID safe way, regardless if their school was virtual,…