August Volunteer of the Month: Amy Kraft

Aug 5, 2013

casa chirilagua august volunteer of the month amy kraft

Ringing through the room at the start of each morning before our summer reading program was a clear, encouraging, energetic voice – a teacher’s voice. Amy Kraft, a second-grade teacher in Fairfax, Virginia, doled out classroom savvy (a game of letter-sound hopscotch to work on consonant blends, bean bag tosses to practice letter sounds), and heart wisdom (daily Bible verses for our volunteers to carry with them) to our team of interns each day before their in-home reading program.

The recent addition to the Casa family found us by attending an interest meeting at a church she was visiting. Since then, she has jumped headfirst into service, attending Kids Club every week after closing out her own classroom for the year and helping to implement the entire summer reading program. “You are bringing hope and light and loving these kids. That makes a difference,” she told our reading intervention volunteers one morning. “You are being the salt and light of the world.”

Unwittingly, she was describing herself. For all these reasons, we name Amy Kraft our Volunteer of the Month. Thank you for your heart and your service, Amy!

We are a community of people “learning together to love our neighbors as ourselves” in a Latino neighborhood in Alexandria, Virginia.

As a faith-based Christian non-profit with a small staff and over 100 volunteers, we serve alongside more than 100 families and their children (1st-12th grades) each week through our community programs.

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Our relational network of volunteers and donors reflects a diverse group of individuals from all over the Washington, D.C. metro area. As a non-profit, we rely on the community for assisting program directors on-site, being mentors, supplying the needs of our food pantry, and everything in between. Each member of our Casa community holds a unique gift, whether time, talent or treasure.