I'm so impressed by our AmeriCorps members! They are such as funny smart group of hardworking and selfless individuals. I can't believe all they're accomplished in just the first month of our program. This October—our very first month when we’re still settling in—our program assisted 324 patrons in one-on-one assistance and 92 in classes!
Great Stories are written by Guiding Ohio Online AmeriCorps members about their service.
M. is a regular at my local library. She has enrolled in every class I've taught and makes an appointment to see me at least once each week. Recently, M. decided she wanted to give her iPad to her great-grand daughters. She scheduled an appointment to bring the girls (ages 4 and 5) into the library for me to help download some age appropriate game apps onto the iPad.
Great Stories are written by Guiding Ohio Online AmeriCorps Members about their service.
The library assistant pointed to my desk with a sign that read ‘Need Computer Help? Just Ask Me!’ The two men with long hair and beards, tattooed arms, dressed in denim and logoed motorcycle leather seemed out of place in the century old library as they walked heavily toward my station. I stood, introduced myself and asked how I could help them. “I’d like to find my daughter on Facebook and I need help since I don’t know much about these computers.” Mr. D answered. He went on to explain that he had lost track of his daughter over a decade ago and now, in middle age, wished to reconnect and reconcile if possible. He only had her name. I invited him to sit down at an open workstation, discovering that Mr. D would need to begin by creating an e-mail address and instructed him in the use of the mouse to open the icons necessary to enter his personal account information. When directed to place the cursor in the [Name] field he paused for a long time, then turned to me and revealed that he could not read or write. I at once felt his embarrassment. His friend, Mr. H, standing behind him, quickly offered, “I am here to help him with that.”