Volunteers needed

Next week marks Global Week of Service, at the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino, and their department of Human Resources put together a plan of action involving Children’s home Imeldahof.

That kind of community outreach is to be admired and appreciated. The resort will also put its hospitality skills to work, orchestrating a fun day for the kids and their caretakers on property.

But that’s not the only aspect of the plan that got my attention, Reading Moms & Dads, did too. As I found out, Imeldahof is home to 33 kids at the moment, and most of them would benefit from help reading. The home has an ongoing project where “Reading Moms and Dads” are solicited, prepared to practice reading exercises.  Reading can take place on school days, between 1:30pm and 3:00pm, and if you volunteer you will be reading with kids ages 8-10, in Dutch.

Nathalie Hernandez at the helm at the children’s home explained to me it is a one-on-one interaction whereby one adult helps one to three kids with their challenges, and it is a year-round program.

The Hilton is soliciting commitment to this project during Global Week of Service, from among its team members. Perhaps some of my retired Dutch speaking friends are also available for one or two hours a week??

This kind of interaction makes a lasting impression, and leaves a positive impact on the kids, say Nathalie, who adds that achieving a certain level of reading, is part of the school curriculum, and must be obtained in order to graduate successfully.

The department of Human Resources at the Hilton also shared that the home has a wish list, that is embarrassingly simple: Game Sets, Basketballs, a living room wall clock, a few packs of coloring markers, and modest numbers of Lego boxes, alarm clocks for the kids, laundry baskets, waste baskets, bed sheets for single beds, room curtains, bathroom curtain, bath mats.

So simple.

The Hilton is getting its team members involved, but the more the merrier, one can never have too many bath mats, and that’s why I decided to involve you. The home has many other needs too, call them if inspired: #587 6085, http://imeldahof.com



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October 14, 2017
Rona Coster