We love our volunteers! Marsha has been volunteering with East Nashville Hope Exchange for the past few months. She assists with various administrative responsibilities, specifically organizing behind-the-scenes efforts for our Wine Tasting and Silent Auction fundraising event on April 22, 2016.
Get to know Marsha and learn why she supports ENHE below!
A: As a native Nashvillian, I decided after I retired that I wanted to give back to the community. When I was presented the opportunity to volunteer for ENHE, I immediately knew this was an area where I could be of service for something that I believe in.
Q: Why do you support East Nashville Hope Exchange?
A: By reading, life's adventures are open for us. The children and families of ENHE do not have the advantages that many of us had, so I am passionate about doing what I can to help make it possible for these children to have success in life and have hope through reading.
Q: Why is it important to support children’s literacy?
A: It’s such a different world from what I grew up in. Looking back, I see how blessed I was. My mother told me that as a child she did not like to read, so she wanted me to have the love of reading. She enrolled me in the Doubleday Children’s book club, and I read books during the summer. I had a lot of the "Little Golden Books." In the summer, we would go to the library every Friday. I loved going to the library. We were not rich by any means, but I am so thankful for the opportunities that I was given that so many do not have today.
Q: What was your favorite book to read as a child?
A: When I was young my mother would read to me after lunch at my nap time. I don’t remember a lot but it was close to my birthday in August and mama read The Bobbsey Twins birthday. It was their birthday, and it was almost MY birthday. In the book they were surprised with birthday pancakes with candles. I loved that. After that I always had birthday pancakes on the Saturday closest to my birthday. I remember my mother saying that it was one of my favorite books -- and I would have her read my favorites over and over. I truly believe this taught me the love of reading.
Are you interested in volunteering with ENHE? We would love to have you! Visit our Volunteer Page for more information.