Interview with a volunteer

Diane Pomeroy, an ELF tutor of four years, talked about how the online model helped her connect with students in ways she never could before. One of her students had a dog that liked to wander around in the background and made it easy for the student to relate books about dogs to his everyday life.

“We all got a lifetime worth of skills that we can give back to the community,” Pomeroy said. “[Volunteering] gives the community, and specifically in ELF’s case, the children something very positive. But it also gives the volunteer an incredibly positive experience too.”

The online model also helped her save time since she no longer has to travel and allows for more flexibility with the student since time constraints aren’t as strict. Through the ELF program, Pomeroy said she learned that she loves working with children.