Volunteer Spotlight: Carlana “Carly” Brown

Overlooking the last year, I am astounded by how much has changed in our lives.  [My husband Charlie and I] are your typical retired couple trying to find something to do with extra time.  Living in an apartment leaves us time on our hands without the need to mow a lawn, clean out the garage, or scour out any overflowing gutters.  We decided to use the time to give back to our community.  The question was, where would we do this and what was our first step to fulfill our desires?

Through online research, Charlie found CPS and began volunteering in Ms. Flores’s kindergarten class. It started out with Charlie getting juiced with helping students with reading and comprehension, and figuring out mathematical equations.

Hearing his stories got me excited. I decided to find out if there was a way I could help CPS with the skills that I am developing within the scope of copywriting.  I met with Heather Lewis, Advancement Associate, and took a tour of the Judson Street facilities.

What impressed me the most during the visit was the students. When we walked into one of the classrooms, two children came up to us, introduced themselves and gave us an overview of what their classmates were working on for the day.  I was impressed by their knowledge, speaking ability and self-possession – while speaking to a complete stranger!

During my time, I helped out with tasks in the Advancement Office. Throughout my time and Charlie’s, we found that CPS treats their volunteers with respect and care.  Members of the CPS community were always telling us how much we are needed and helpful with what we do for the school at large.  That reinforcement made me fall in love with Community Partnership School, and I have treasured coming here every week.

This experience has made 2015 a memorable year for me and my husband.  Thank you Heather, Ms. Flores and all the nice folks at CPS, too.