Volunteer Spotlight on Peter W. Partridge
National Volunteer Week, which is from April 15-21, is a time to celebrate and thank our volunteers for all that they do. This year’s theme is to celebrate the value of volunteering- building confidence, competence, connections and community.
We asked Peter to tell us what his “aha” moment about United Way was; this is what he said:
“The moment for me was the tour of the Manchester After School Program. I had never been to Manchester and was only vaguely familiar with the area as I played many high school basketball games against David Phillips who grew up there. He was an unbelievable player and went on to play university basketball in Cape Breton. The tour was an eye opening experience and it really hit home that not all kids have the same type of upbringing that I did and my friends did. The fact that these kids had a safe place to go after school, get a healthy snack, get homework help, use a computer and have access to various leisure and educational activities that they would not normally have was amazing. It was a bustling place with a bunch of happy kids. The story that had the biggest impact on me, was during one of their excursions, these kids were taken skating on the old Rink on the Brink in Niagara Falls which overlooked the Falls. None of the kids had been skating before but when they got on the ice they stood by the boards and stared at the Falls, as they had never seen Niagara Falls before. Over time I have heard many great stories of kids that have come through the after school program and have recognized the fact that without this program they likely wouldn’t be as successful. My wife is an elementary school principal and we have made it our mission to contribute to local organizations that help kids here in Niagara.”
We appreciate everything that you do Pete, and we are happy to dedicate this year’s National Volunteer Week to you!