Long-term Investment   Words from Longtime Volunteer + Intern.  

 

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Olivia Miller and I’ve been working with Lift for the last four years now. Sarah asked me to share a little something with you all since I’m moving on to student teaching this semester and won’t be around daily anymore.

Lift is the first organization I got involved in my freshman year at Taylor, and I’m SO thankful that I found this hidden gem! I have always known that I wanted to work with kids, but Lift gave me a way to come alongside them for more than just an hour a week.

Over the years I’ve worked as a volunteer and intern, seeing one class through from second grade to graduation, and starting over again with second grade this year. For as much time as I’ve spent helping kids sound out words and learn the “school” side of it, the Lift family has given me back more than I ever expected. There are some things you just can’t learn elsewhere, like how to throw a football at age 22 or how to sneak marshmallows away from your science project when your team leader isn’t looking. Lift has been my escape from college many times, and I’m sad that I have to be away from it now!

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who makes Lift possible, from the families who let us hang out with their kids to the volunteers who bring milk and serve snack each day. Lift has been one of my favorite college memories, and I’ll be sad next year when I have to be a real adult and leave Upland and these kids. I’m going to be stopping back in throughout the semester to check in and hang out for some enrichment sessions, so I hope to see you all soon!

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