- Foster Neve-Jones
“I started with a summer workshop where we basically got to free write within certain parameters. I loved it. It was a way of expressing myself without the use of my emotions or my body. I could write down my thoughts and experiment with new things."
Foster has been involved with RAWK for about 5 years! Him and his dad, Ben Jones, works at our storefront once every week with such passion and motivation to spread the word about RAWK. They are always greeting people with enthusiasm every time they walk in and are happy to tell others about all of the cute little things we sell in our storefront. We truly appreciate their involvement in the work we do here at RAWK.
- Audrey Negro
Audrey graduated last year from Kalamazoo College and started volunteering with RAWK when we moved into our new space here in the Vine Neighborhood. Right now, she works at the Pedal Bicycle Shop and is an Intern at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center. Audrey has helped us with many of our programs and has helped hold down our storefront extensively. We are so thankful to have such a dedicated volunteer who cares about what we do as an organization and is excited to jump in and lend a hand.
“Volunteering with RAWK allows me to have great community-facing interactions while working in the storefront and leaves me impressed by the imagination of kids in Kalamazoo while helping out with field trips and workshops. I especially love that RAWK publishes student work. "
Judy has lived in the Kalamazoo area since 1968 and attended WMU from 1968-1976 where she met her husband. She has been married for 46 years with her husband Mike. She taught elementary students in Hartford (Van Buren County) for 36 years before retiring in 2008.
Judy works diligently and passionately with second grade students in our Readers’ Room at Lincoln Elementary. She began volunteering for us in February at our Readers’ Room, our Storytelling and Bookmaking Field Trip with a third grade class from El Sol, and managed a RAWK booth at El Sol’s Elementary Literacy Night!
Judy thinks others should volunteer with RAWK because,“It’s a rewarding way to give back to the community. It’s an opportunity to offer encouragement to young people who may not realize that a focus on reading and writing empowers them to reach their goals and to achieve their dreams. It’s fun to be surrounded by enthusiastic young people.”
Judy continues to work with us and we are so thankful to have such a dedicated volunteer and community member in our midst!
We are very lucky to have volunteers who dedicate their time and energy to the work we do. From all of the support put into the forefront of our programming to the background support, all of RAWK's volunteer work never goes unnoticed! Take a look at all of the cool things our Kalamazoo community members are engaged in.
- Sara Wiseman
This year at RAWK has been an EXCITING experience, with ups and downs, twists and turns, we wouldn't have made it here without the support of the Kalamazoo community and our passionate volunteers. Not only are volunteers diligently working behind the scenes and at the forefront of RAWK's programs but they are living outside the realm of RAWK as well. Take a peek at all of the cool things our community members are involved in!