Girls Inc. December Volunteer Spotlight

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Bob grew up in Burlington, Vermont where he also attended the University of Vermont. Now, he lives in Swampscott where he has been for the past 35 years. He worked in the computer industry for many years before retiring. Now, he spends his time volunteering here at Girls Inc. as well as in hospice care.

Bob began volunteering at Girls Inc. of Lynn about two years ago when his daughter was working as the Volunteer Outreach Coordinator. He now volunteers as a literacy tutor in the School Age Child Care Program during the year and over the summer. Just since June, he has volunteered at Girls Inc. over 100 hours! And that number is quickly growing because of Bob’s relentless dedication. His favorite thing about volunteering at Girls Inc. of Lynn has been, “seeing the progress that the kids make from when they are first starting in kindergarten to when they get to a point when they have really learned how to read.” For Bob, the literacy program is important because, “reading is just so important and if children can get that love of reading and books at a young age it just opens up the world to them!” Linda Hall, the Literacy Coordinator at Girls Inc. says, “Bob has been remarkable. He comes twice a week religiously and has been doing this for about two years. He not only reads with kids but assists the staff as well, especially in the summer. He has been absolutely fabulous.”

The School Age Childcare Program provides girls, ages 5 to 12, with academic support, literacy focused programming and hands-on enrichment activities. Our program offers homework help to give girls the opportunity to practice their academic skills. Literacy is a cornerstone of our programming and is incorporated through all of the School-Age activities. For more information or to learn how to volunteer, visit or contact Cam Ostrow at”

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