Spring has sprung and everyone at Chicago HOPES for Kids has been working hard to instill a love of reading in our students this semester! This month, we are highlighting our newest Americorps VISTA member, Kimberly Cook. Kimberly Cook is a Chicago native and joined the Chicago HOPES for Kids team as our newest Program Coordinator VISTA this month! Read on to learn more about Kim.
Kimberly Cook, Program Coordinator, AmeriCorps VISTA
Q: What peaked your interest in wanting to join HOPES?
“My desire to join HOPES stems from my genuine passion for working with young people. I take great joy in being a part of their lives, contributing to their personal and intellectual growth, and providing them with care and support. The opportunity to make a positive impact in their lives makes it all the more fulfilling for me.”
Q: What are you most excited about while you serve at HOPES?
“I am thrilled about several aspects of serving at HOPES. First and foremost, I am eager to establish meaningful connections with the children and their parents. Additionally, I am excited to learn about curriculum development and implementing engaging activities and programs that foster growth and development. Furthermore, I look forward to being involved with the community and creating a positive and lasting impact through my work with HOPES!”
Q: What does being a volunteer mean to you?
“To me, being a volunteer means having an unwavering passion and desire to serve others. It's about being selfless, giving back to the community, and making a positive impact in the world."
Q: What’s one fun fact that you would like to share about yourself?
“I've been to 8 countries within the span of one year!”