For National Mentoring Month, EWDC challenged volunteers to write 1,000 encouraging notes to students that would be included in February book distributions through The Book Project. Between January 12th and February 5th, EWDC received more than 1,300 handwritten, homemade, and “punny” notecards to give to youth in future book distributions.
Volunteers through the AARP Community Builders program wrote more than 700 of the notes to help make a difference in their local community and put a smile on the face of DC-area students. These notecards have already started going out to youth in books from EWDC, and will remind students of the power of reading and that there are always people rooting for them and cheering them on in their lives.
“I found this volunteer opportunity to be deeply fulfilling,” said Phyllis Hines-Perdue, a volunteer from AARP. “With each card I made, I thought of how it might spread a little cheer and help youngsters to know someone else cares about them and believes that they can turn their dreams into reality.”