Joan Tyner has been a volunteer since she was 10 years old. She recalls her youth as a Girl Scout, when they would have metal drives for the war effort during World War II. When asked what drove her to serve, she laughed and said, “It was a way to get outside at night!”
In addition to that, her troop knitted blankets for soldiers. And when her children were young, Tyner lead their scout troops as a Brownie leader and den mother.
Now, Tyner helps in the office at Senior Services for South Sound. She enjoys meeting new people there and learning new things.
“The people I meet here are so interesting. They have so much knowledge as former lawyers, doctors, and engineers. We even have a judge!” she said.
Tyner also is starting her third year as a Reading Buddy.
“My student had a hard time focusing so we would take turns reading.” she said. “Being a reading buddy has been very rewarding. I feel I reached him and he trusted me. The teacher allowed us to read outside on nice days. If he needed a break, sometimes we would skip.”
When asked why she thinks volunteering is important, she said two things: “First, these kids need someone consistent. On the last day of school, another boy came up to my buddy and asked me if I could be his Reading Buddy too. My buddy said, ‘No, she’s mine.’
“And another reason is you get a real sense of community.”