Perspectives — Volunteers Empower Oakland’s Children to Succeed In School … and In Life
By Jim Wambach | May 16, 2023
Your Gifts Support the Critical Work of Our Tutors
It is said that volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. Every time you volunteer, you are casting a vote about the kind of community you want to live in.
“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.” — Winston Churchill
Volunteerism empowers individuals to find their purpose and often provides a new vocation in an outpouring of individual gifts that serves the greater good.
Caring members of our community are the beating heart of Children Rising.
Randy Roth’s vision was to create opportunities for people to step in and use their gifts to support eager children in Oakland’s lowest-income neighborhoods. The love and tireless dedication of our volunteers, those who help behind the scenes and those who show up week after week for the children, inspire and fuel our work.
As we celebrate National Volunteer Week in April, we are incredibly grateful to all of our amazing volunteers. Your stories show us the power we each have to positively impact the community and truly be a force of good here in Oakland and the East Bay.
“As we celebrate National Volunteer Week in April, we are incredibly grateful to all of our amazing volunteers.”
Unfortunately, we are facing an education crisis of huge proportions—one that sees only 30% of elementary school children of color achieving grade-level reading and math skills. These kids, their parents, and their teachers need all of us in the community now more than ever before.
The community has responded to this crisis!
More caring adults in the community have volunteered for reading and math tutoring this year than ever before, and we have exceeded our pre-COVID number of tutors. This is wonderful news! However, there are hundreds of children still waiting for a tutor.
Thank you to all of our volunteers for providing the youngest members of our community a fair chance to succeed in school…and in life. You are an integral part of a community of supporters empowering children to become lifelong learners and rise to their God-given potential.
As a member of the Children Rising community, please encourage your friends, neighbors, and colleagues to consider volunteering their time to support many more children in the coming years. You will be giving them AND the children a special gift.