Breakfast Buddy: John Kelly

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John Kelly says that he ran out of excuses this past year when United Way offered a volunteer opportunity that fit in his work schedule:

“I value education and I believe in volunteerism but with the way my work schedule is, I couldn’t attend after-school tutoring programs. With Breakfast Buddies, I’m able to come to Enka Middle School before I head to work and I know it matters.”

Listen to John in his own words

Why Breakfast Buddies?

In the fall, we placed our first full-time Resource Coordinator at Enka Middle School. This coordinator soon found an opportunity to serve kids who weren’t able to attend after school programming because of a lack of transportation. Many of these students arrive, by bus, 45 minutes before school starts and for the most part, wait in the cafeteria until classes begin. Working with school and community partners we recruited volunteers to serve as “Breakfast and Lunch Buddies”; providing valuable one on one time for students who are struggling.

Who Got You Through?

Find the volunteer opportunity that fits your schedule and support local kids:

United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County is supporting our local schools and nonprofit organizations by helping to recruit a "second shift" of caring adults to help kids get through their middle school years. We are calling this campaign "Who Got You Through" because we know that most of us can look back at our lives and think of one person, maybe a coach, neighbor or relative who helped get us through those years and we want you to do the same for a kid today.

We've got lots of options - just check them out!


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