This past summer Poughkeepsie AAUW members volunteered at the Catharine Community Center. Members went on field trips to the FDR home and museum with the children. They read stories about the Roosevelts, helped children do research on the computer and write stories about their experiences.
The Executive Director, Shirley Adams, says “The children were so pleased with visits from AAUW members, that they are really looking forward to seeing them again. When volunteers visit and work with the children, they seem to really behave themselves in order to impress their visitors.” Volunteers are key in helping children stay off the streets and succeed in school.
Poughkeepsie AAUW members will be volunteering again at the center helping the Center’s teachers supervise the children as they do their school homework.
The Catharine Street Community Center was started more than three decades ago to ensure that City of Poughkeepsie children and youth would have a healthy, caring, disciplined environment to come to after school and during the summer recess. The agency strives, through several types of activities and programs, to help children grow emotionally, mentally and physically. Without the Center, many of the children have few options and fewer chances of succeeding at school.