Volunteer Spotlight–Meet Denise!

Do you wonder what makes the CYC tick? Who are those amazing people helping out with our programs? Every week, Grand Rapidians donate their time and talents to our various programs. Denise volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursdays in our Afterschool Adventure program! Here is what Denise had to say about her experience at the CYC:

Q: What is your favorite part about volunteering for the CYC?

A: When I see a student get excited about what she is reading or writing, I also get excited! My favorite part of volunteering is when a student gains confidence in his abilities and watches his language arts skills improve.

 

Q: When you aren’t at the CYC, what do you do?

A: I also tutor in the adult program through the Literacy Center of West Michigan. Last year, I served in Americorps as a Family Literacy Teacher through the LCWM. I sing in the Grand Rapids Women’s Chorus, and I travel to see my three adult children who live out of state.

 

Q: What’s your favorite animal at the zoo?

A: I like the penguins the best. I love to watch them swim through the water as well as walk on the ice. I love to read about penguins.

 

Q: What’s the best adventure you’ve been on?

A: I earned a TESOL certificate in Barcelona in the summer of 2012. I had the opportunity to do some traveling in Spain, and I loved being a student teacher in that magical city! The Alhambra in Granada was memorable.

 

Q: What is your favorite place to read or write?

A: I read anywhere! The downtown library is one of my favorite spots. I write anywhere as well! There is a little place on Leonard NW called the Story Cafe that I frequent.

 

Q: Do you have any favorite spots in Grand Rapids?

A: Meijer Gardens is at the top of my list! I take all of my out of town guests there! It offers so much in every season. I like Lamoreaux Park on the Grand River, as well as the White Pine Trail.

 

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?

A: I have always wanted to be a belly dancer, an ice dancer, or a symphony musician!

 

On behalf of Captain H. Tanny and adventurers everywhere, thanks Miss Denise!