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People Who Care: Tuesday’s Together

2-Tuesdays Together Story smEach week, the people we support at Monarch volunteer their time and talents in their local communities. In 2013, volunteers logged more than 33,000 hours by partnering with local organizations and non-profits.

One such partnership that formed through volunteer efforts this past year is with The Children’s Museum of the Outer Banks.

Two of Monarch’s day programs, the Beach Club of Dare County and the Lighthouse Club in Currituck County take turns each Tuesday sending volunteers to work with preschool children through a program called Tuesday’s Together.

Tuesday’s Together brings young children and women with mild intellectual disabilities together do crafts and games. The goal is to facilitate positive feelings towards persons with disabilities and emphasize adults with disabilities can perform activities effectively and offer their service to help others.

Alyssa Hannon, executive director of The Children’s Museum, co-founded the program in 2012 after receiving a grant from the Outer Banks Community Foundation. The grant allows preschoolers to visit the museum free of charge as well as provides art supplies and tables and chairs for both the adults and children.

Since the program’s inception, Hannon says Monarch participants have logged countless hours of volunteer time at the museum working with the kids, preparing arts and crafts, helping around the museum and assisting with different projects throughout the year.

“The adults have grown to love volunteering in the museum, and being a part of the community,” Hannon said. 

Merry Ann Liverman, lead development specialist at Monarch’s Beach Club, said Tuesday’s Together has “taught the people we support so much about working with children and about the jobs they can do.”

One of the women who volunteers has been able to start working part time at the museum, and another volunteer going to college next year has decided to work with children as a result of  her experiences at the museum.

“They love the kids. Children don’t see the people we support as any different than anyone else. They work together, communicate together, they love going there,” Liverman said.  

Check out this video from a day at Tuesday’s Together.

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