November's Volunteer of the Month is Pamela Frasier, a long-time Play Ranger, who began volunteering with Playtime in February 2010 when we had programming at D.C. General Family Emergency Shelter. Once the infamous shelter closed, Pam continued working with children at the Days Inn overflow hotel shelter on New York Avenue.
"She has a very calm demeanor with the kids even when things are hectic," said Brieanna Iyomahan, Program and Curriculum Associate, who nominated Pam. "A lot of the children know they can go to her if they need comfort or some quiet time. She consistently volunteers to do more involved crafts and projects with the children, which is great because it helps to get the children focused on a task and how to work through it."
Why did you initially get involved with Playtime?
I attended a volunteer fair, read the description of Playtime, met Jamila [the Executive Director], and I knew without a doubt that I should be a volunteer.
How has volunteering with Playtime affected you?
Seeing the joy the children have has blessed me as I strive to be a blessing to them. I don't have my own children, but I Iook out for Playtime kids like they're my own.
Can you share a memorable moment as a Play Ranger?
I have so many, but my most memorable moments are from D.C. General, where I served for eight years. It's where I became "Miss Panny" because a little girl asked, "How ya doing, Miss Panny?" instead of "Pammy."
What else do you want people to know about your work with Playtime?
Being a volunteer means so much to me. I have passed on many Thursday evening events because I really don't like missing a night with the children, if I can help it.