Tell us about yourself.
- My name is Allison Mantos and I’m an exercise science major at VCU. I volunteer here at the Swift Creek Family YMCA with a group from school. Several of my friends are in this group so I came with them to volunteer. We worked on the camp last spring – mulching, raking the trails, making it presentable for the summer… Through my volunteer experience I got an internship here on the wellness floor and now I intern with the sports department. I help out where needed with all of the sports.
- Ben Jamison, the Swift Creek Family YMCA Property Director, graduated from VCU and was part of the VCU group and he had reached out to see if we could come help and, through that, it just kept going. I was able to get a lot of connections here and form relationships I never would have thought about before. I never knew all that there was to offer through the Y.
What’s something you love about volunteering at the Y?
- All the members that come here are all so nice. It’s good to get to know people in the community and to be able to give back. When I was volunteering with my group, it was nice to work together with them while also doing something nice for the Y. The Y is so community-driven and it’s nice to be a part of that.
Do you have any favorite stories from volunteering?
- During one of the basketball practices, one of the coaches told the volunteers that we could play with the kids so we played knockout with them. It was really fun and, actually, they had improved so much that some of the nine-year-olds beat me in the game! It’s really fun to work with the kids and their parents.
- I’m actually going to nursing school after I graduate. I got into VCU’s program so I’ll still be in the Richmond area and I hope to continue volunteering at the Y. I’ve been here for over a year now so it would be hard to let go!
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