Friday’s Volunteer is Learning and Giving

You’ve no doubt heard the expression, “when God closes a door he opens a window,” but here at TSCOR we like to keep the door open – especially the door to learning.

Like many things at TSCOR, our lifelong learning program, Open University, would not exist without volunteers. They’re involved in every aspect. Volunteers plan sessions, recruit instructors, find speakers, teach courses, do administrative housekeeping, get the word out, greet students and run a/v setup. At lunch they even serve the cake! A pandemic didn’t even slow them down. They took to Zoom and kept going (except for serving cake!). It is yet another example of how much our volunteers give back – to the individual and the community.

Hal, a volunteer instructor, says, “One of the things I enjoy most about teaching at Open University is seeing all the wonderful people attend with their sense of enthusiasm for learning a variety of subjects – history, languages, current events and more. They are always appreciative of the work the instructor has committed to presenting her or his subject. And speaking of work, personally, I learn so much more than any of the students by the interesting process of developing a class.”

But the most important thing Open University volunteers do? They keep the door open.

Happy National Volunteer Week, TSCOR volunteers! You make a difference. Thank you.

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