This article appeared in the Summer 2014 News from the Village.
By Hallie Cronin, 16 years old, CV Volunteer
A sophomore at Ardsley High School, Hallie is one of the youngest volunteers in CV’s School-Based Mentoring program, which partners with local schools to bring creative and eager teenagers to work with CV’s youngest
“I used to think of volunteering as something that helped others, not realizing that it also helps the volunteer. I have had my assumptions challenged. I have learned to be more patient and have been presented with children whose background is very different from mine, yet who want the same things: friendship, education, confidence, and stability.
I enjoyed my time with all the kids, some who never ceased to make me laugh, and others who amazed me with their creativity. Each week, when my mom picks me up, I share the interesting and funny things I heard. I feel empowered that as a high school student, I have the opportunity to help people who live only five minutes away. Sometimes we are led to believe that help is only needed in faraway places. I can’t wait to be back next year to continue to be involved in a wonderful and successful program so close to home.”