The Intergenerational school volunteer program benefits almost 1,000 students
The life-changing impact of EdConnect Australia volunteers on schools and students in the Kwinana, Peel and Upper South West areas has been celebrated.
The Connecting Generations for School Success Program, funded by the Alcoa Foundation, allowed 110 volunteers to assist nearly 1,000 students across 24 schools during a challenging year.
The year began with a vaccine mandate for volunteers and subsequent COVID-19 restrictions, preventing volunteers from entering schools until Term 3. This led to a disrupted volunteer program with fewer community members available for volunteering.
EdConnect Liaison officer Karen Barden said against the odds, EdConnect volunteers still made a difference this year.
“Although our volunteers couldn’t be at school for as many weeks this year, their impact has been so positive and appreciated by the schools we work with,” Karen said.