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Volunteers play key role in making Boys & Girls Club effective

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POSTED November 8, 2017 12:57 a.m.

One of the core strengths of the Boys and Girls Club of Manteca is the dedication and big heart of each of its volunteers.
 Judy Kamper is one such exemplary volunteer, contributing three hours of her valuable time at the Club every Thursday.
“I’ve been volunteering about two years,” Judy relates.  “I’m usually in the education room, which includes helping the kids with their homework, and I also help with the Reading Club. You see a little bit of everything with the kids I work with – some of them do well in school, some of them don’t.”
Judy runs her own bookkeeping business and is often asked by Club members to help with their math homework.
“I tell them – you need to know to know how to find the answers on your own.” Judy is always there by their side, rooting them on, helping them focus.  “It’s always rewarding to see a little lightbulb go on when one of them figures a math problem out on their own,” she says, smiling.
But Judy realizes that sometimes what the kids need most from her is to be a good listener.
 “Some of the kids are dealing with a lot in their home life,” she said. “It’s heartbreaking to hear the conversations they’re having with each other about the things going on in their lives. There’s a need for these kids just to have a safe place to go.”
”Without caring volunteers like Judy, we wouldn’t be able to offer our kids the tutoring services we do, “explains Executive Director Jeanie Miller. “She has made such a difference to our Education Center program. She comes every week to help our kids and they love to see her smiling face.”
Volunteers pitch in to assist with just about everything around the Club - from martial arts, music, and the flag football and basketball leagues to  the reading club, creative writing, Ag in Motion, and special fundraising events like the Telethon, crab feed, golf tournament, and the Manteca Hall of Fame. Of course, the membership of the Board of Directors is all-voluntary. Altogether, about 125 volunteers contribute 5,000 hours annually to help Club members achieve success and happiness.  
“I have always thought that the Boys and Girls Club is a wonderful organization. They really make a difference,” Judy remarks. “It’s quite enjoyable to be a volunteer here. I love being able to help even one child, being a good example to the children, to give them confidence in themselves so that they can excel in all that they do.”

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