Teresa Nguyen, a student at Watchung Hills Regional High School in Warren, NJ, began volunteering at Matheny in the fall of 2013. She has been a regular volunteer since then and formed a club called “More for Matheny”, which raises money from bake sales and raises awareness about Matheny among other students at WHRHS.
Nguyen helps out wherever she can at Matheny, sometimes working on classroom or recreation activities; other times, just visiting. Her primary motivation, she says, “is just being able to see the students and patients smile.” At Matheny’s Volunteer Recognition Day, held Monday, August 24, Nguyen and Sneha Tanackal, a friend from Mount Saint Mary Academy, also in Warren, helped Matheny School students make thank you cards to be sent to other volunteers.
Volunteers are needed at Matheny weekdays, evenings and on weekends. Individuals can serve as recreation assistants, classroom aides, tutors, or just friendly visitors. For more information, call (908) 234-0011, ext. 282; or email email@example.com.