Dear Robotics for All Community:
As we approach Thanksgiving, a holiday about friends and family, I reflect on the incredible community of volunteers we have here at Robotics for All. With the pandemic and the shift to our online model, this year we have witnessed the rapid growth of our organization. Our family of volunteers has thus expanded from the roughly 30 volunteers we had in just a few states to a volunteer base that now includes 196 volunteers from dozens of states and many other countries.
It’s incredible to me how closely our volunteers bond with each other, despite coming from so many diverse backgrounds and having never seen each other in person. In every interaction of volunteer that I witness, whether it is in our weekly Among Us game nights or in day-to-day meetings, I remain proud of the welcoming and supportive community that we have built both on a professional and personal level.
Our volunteers deserve all the credit for the work we carry out on a day-to-day basis. From teaching our classes to cold-emailing principals, we would not be where we are today without our volunteers. This Thanksgiving, Robotics for All is grateful for each and every one of our 196 volunteers, and how each of them forms a unique part of our passionate community of volunteers.
This month, we extend a special thanks to our two volunteers of the month: Emma Johnston and Gina McNeill.
Emma Johnston is the new vice president of Mentoring for All, Robotics for All’s new branch that will provide mentoring services to students from underserved high schools. In her first month as Vice President of Mentoring for All, Emma has taken strong leadership in the program and is working hard to build its foundation. She displays exemplary work ethic and passion for Mentoring for All and the general mission of Robotics for All. Her nominator described her as having “gone above and beyond in her duties as Vice President” and “making sure everyone has an easy time following along with different tasks.” I look forward to seeing more of Emma’s contributions building Mentoring for All, and preparing for its successful launch next Spring! Congratulations to Emma!
Gina McNeill has explored many aspects of Robotics for All and currently serves as a business development intern and a teacher’s assistant. As an intern, Gina successfully helped Robotics for All secure partnerships with several schools through cold emailing. Gina also recently secured a grant for Robotics for All from the Costco Foundation. As a teacher, Gina was described by her nominator as being “actively involved in Scratch classroom by explaining key concepts, making and working through demonstrations, and answering students’ questions.” We applaud Gina for her hard work and achievements in multiple areas of the organization.
Tuesday, November 24th, 4 pm - 6 pm PST: Friendsgiving
Tuesday, December 1st: Giving Tuesday
Sunday, December 6th, 5 pm - 6 pm PST: Regularly Scheduled Board Meeting
Weekend of December 19th, time TBD: Winter Robotics for All Game Night Party
Sunday, December 20th, 5 pm - 6 pm PST: Regularly Scheduled Board Meeting *Subject to change.
I know this past month has been incredibly difficult for everyone. From a contentious election to a worsening pandemic, I hope that everyone is able to take some time off this week to enjoy time with your family and friends and do the activities that bring you the most joy.
From the Robotics for All family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!
Max from Robotics for All