Volunteer Spotlight: Colleen Robertson

november spotlight colleenColleen Robertson has a challenging task as a weekly LEAP (Life Skill, Education and Arts Program) instructor – convincing women that they can conquer math, and that it can be fun!

She first heard about Calvary from a friend and former board member. At first, she says that she saw herself providing meals for residents, but teaching math turned out to be her calling. For her dedication and giving spirit, we are happy to feature Colleen in this month’s Volunteer Spotlight.

Where are you from?
Rochester, NY

Why do you volunteer at Calvary?
I love interacting with the women, and feeling like I’m giving back to the community.

What do you like best about your work with Calvary?
The first thing almost every woman says to me is, “I hate math,” or “I’m not good at math,” but many come back week after week. Many tell me that now they will know how to help their grandchildren with homework!

What has been your most memorable experience at Calvary?
I helped someone learn to write checks. She was an older woman and was so grateful that she was learning how to use her new bank account. It was a really practical math experience that gave her a sense of mastery over her life.

What has surprised you most about volunteering at Calvary?
How easy and fun it is. Yes, math can be fun!

What would you tell someone considering getting involved at Calvary?
It’s an easy way to make a difference doing something you enjoy, whether that’s math, cooking or art.

If you had to choose one word to describe Calvary, what would it be?
Hope.

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