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ACH Volunteers: Meet Emma

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Volunteers are a critical part of our mission of protecting children and preserving families. Each volunteer, whether individual, group, or mentor, brings with them a passion for serving others. Our goal is to provide a meaningful experience to all volunteers every time you participate in an activity or event, regardless of frequency.

Hear from Emma Gilbert, a volunteer from TCU:

“My experience at ACH has completely shaped how I want to approach children in my career and has given me the tools to show compassion to children of all ages. What started as volunteering in connection to a class, turned into a wonderful relationship with a nonprofit organization that continues to help families thrive every day. I have participated in Nurture Groups at the Wichita campus, campus cleanups, and go to the Residential Treatment Center (RTC) on Tuesdays. At the RTC, I was able to foster relationships and create a safe space to hang out with adolescents varying in age. I learned at the RTC how everyone has a story to tell, and I’m so happy I was able to get to know each adolescent on such a personal level. I feel so lucky to volunteer with ACH and implement its incredible mission to protect children and preserve families. I look forward to participating in other opportunities ACH has to offer!”

- Emma Gilbert, TCU Child Development Student & ACH Volunteer

ACH partners with TCU’s Child Development department and offers students real-life experience serving and cultivating relationships with vulnerable children in the community. Emma was first connected to ACH through one of her classes in August 2021. ACH Volunteer Services Manager shares, “Emma did a great job. She was the only person from TCU who came into the Residential Treatment Center to volunteer, and it was very successful. She is youthful and can relate well to our teens.” Emma is a double major at TCU in Child Development and Psychology. Volunteers like Emma with the heart and passion to care for the youth in our care are an essential part of fulfilling our mission. It takes a community.

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