Volunteers: united by a common passion

  • Thursday, April 10, 2014

With the successful year we've had, Miss Ruby's Kids has so many reasons to be proud. We are serving more families than ever before in our Parent-Child Home Program. The children in our Education Mentor Program are excelling academically and gaining the skills they need to lead happy, successful lives. Our ParentsCare Workshops were well attended and insightful. We have collaborated with several early childhood organizations in the area to create positive outcomes that would not have been possible for us alone. There is no doubt that Miss Ruby's Kids is a strong and sustainable organization.

Reflecting on these accomplishments, we feel deep appreciation for the dedicated volunteers who make the work we do possible. Our volunteers, although diverse, are united by a common passion for ensuring the success of our community's children. They work tirelessly year-round to make sure all aspects of our organization are not only running smoothly, but constantly being improved upon. Without our volunteers, there would be no Miss Ruby's Kids.

Our hardworking Board of Directors and Committee Members see to it that Miss Ruby's Kids is being governed in the best way possible, that we have a strong strategic plan, that the programs we offer are effective, and that we have the support we need to continue to thrive. Our Garden Party and Kitchen Tour events, which require an extraordinary amount of time and energy to plan, are chaired by volunteers and supported by volunteer committee members. Our Dining for a Cause and other community events, also coordinated and run by volunteers, have been so successful that they are expanding. These events generate new income and promotion opportunities for our organization.

Our volunteer mentors, matched with children who have graduated from our Parent-Child Home Program, commit to visiting their mentees for at least half an hour a week for an entire school year. Thirty minutes a week may not seem like much, but the time, support, consistency, and friendship that these caring adults provide their mentees has an incredible impact. It is very common for mentors to go above and beyond, lengthening their weekly visits, attending their mentee's extracurricular activities or awards assemblies, and providing them emotional guidance during difficult times. The dedication our mentors demonstrate is reflected in the praise they are receiving; Miss Ruby's Kids mentors are currently being recognized as Volunteers of the Year in three Georgetown County Schools.

The viability of Miss Ruby's Kids hinges on the respect, support, and trust of this community and our volunteers have proven to be powerful ambassadors for us. Our volunteers know that the future success of our county's children is shaped by the support they receive today. They are vocal advocates for our programs, inspiring others to join us in our quest to provide every child in Georgetown County a chance to reach their full potential. Because of the service of our dedicated volunteers, it is with extreme gratitude that we look back on the achievements of this year and with great confidence that we look forward to the future.

Hilary Gibson

AmeriCorps VISTA

Miss Ruby's Kids


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