Never Stop Learning

My interest in volunteering is to help younger folks who are hoping to get a job in the business world. Before I retired five years ago, I was CEO of a Wheaton-based business that did actuarial work. I have a strong math background, so I’ve been helping students improve their math skills with one-on-one tutoring….

Feelings Without Words

I’m not trained in art, but I taught art in a private school where you teach everything. I enjoy teaching art, and I like working with children. I’ve worked in various locations around DuPage County. PRC gets requests from after-school programs which would like to add art as an activity. That’s what I do. When…

Widening My Circle

When I retired five years ago, I started searching for meaningful retirement activities. I saw a notice at my church for ESL tutors and so began my journey. It was a smooth and natural transition for me as I had taught children from preschool through high school. I have had many wonderful students, but there…

We Take Things for Granted

Before I retired, I was an elementary school teacher, then an editor at several magazines. I’ve been a volunteer at PRC for about seven years now. My first tutoring assignment was working one-on-one with a mother who had three little kids. The oldest one had started kindergarten, and she couldn’t communicate with his teacher. We…

Not a service. A Privilege.

When I retired as an English teacher at a west suburban high school, I began my search for volunteer work.  I was searching for something that would also provide a sense of community and fellowship.  Researching the PRC website inspired me to begin there. I’ve been tutoring for quite a few years. I vividly remember…

Our New Theme

For the last few months, our blog featured students in the PRC’s Empowerment program. For next few months, we’ll be featuring stories of the volunteers who work with us. If you are interested in volunteering with the People’s Resource Center, visit the Volunteer page of our website.  

Doing More with Less

Hello blog readers! I’m A., currently a junior at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. I’m studying applied economics, as well as strategies for helping businesses become more green. This summer, I was an Intern for the People’s Resource Center. You are probably wondering why a business student decided to spend her summer working…

Finding Myself

Hello PRC blog! My name is S., but at school they call me Cat. I am a second-year student, studying at Western Michigan University. Though I spend most of my time in the snowy tundra that is Michigan, I hail from Wheaton, which is how I came to work at the People’s Resource Center this…

Poetry: Day Three

  Donna lewd, shrewd, crude Criticizing, terrorizing, monopolizing damsel. delinquent, diva, delusional drama queen demanding, domineering, deviating likes procrastinating, wants romantic relations, seeks instant gratification bossy, stubborn, my 16 year old niece   Cuenca’s Weekday Teenagers uniformed in Parochial Tribes donning sweaters, skirts, slacks, in crimson, scarlet, emerald, and navy blue roaming, rendezvousing, chilling, staring,…

Poetry Two

Did you know our country has a National Poet Laureate to raise the nation’s appreciation of poetry? This year’s poet is Tracy K Smith! To hear her read click here.   Theatre Funny, serious Entering, exiting, singing Actors, stage, director, choreographer Dancing, projecting, performing Dark, bright auditorium   Life Long, Short Laughing, crying, hoping Plants,…

Poetry: Day One

In honor of September as National Literacy Month, we’re publishing poetry written by the students in the PRC writing class. New poems will be published all week.    Fear Deep, Unbidden Overpowering, paralyzing, exhausting, ebbs, flows, resignation, survivable penetrating, defining, tempering, cold, unwelcome. Terror.   Betrayal Painful, Unexpected Heartbreaking, Trust Taking Cowardly, Cruel, Callous, Cold…

Job Hunting for Beginners

This is the third post in a series on finding a job in the US. To read from the beginning, start here.   Job hunting can be a lonely business. I’m using every possible path to find my way through this void. I have started by registering with several job search-engine websites. These can help with…