Meet our Volunteer of the Month
Mike Mosser started volunteering at our Quality Inn overflow shelter program when it launched in January 2017.
“During program, Mike immediately jumps in to play with the children,” says Tiesha Edwards, site manager. “He engages with everyone, from letting the girls paint his nails with markers, to engaging in fun activities with the boys. He does a great job incorporating sharing among the children. If an issue arises, he handles it proactively, instead of letting it go unnoticed. The children love him, and it is obvious he enjoys playing with them!”
Here’s what he has to say:
Why did you get involved in Playtime?
I got involved in Playtime through my girlfriend, Rosalynd. She had volunteered in the past and loved it. I was looking for more opportunities to get involved in the community, so when I heard Playtime was starting at the Quality Inn location, I was excited to try it out.
How has volunteering with Playtime affected you?
Before volunteering with Project Playtime, I’d never appreciated the importance of play for children, or the fact that some kids don’t have the opportunity to play. I realize it’s something I’ve taken for granted my whole life. It sheds a new aspect on, and gives a face to, those affected by homelessness. It’s rewarding to be able to help provide a safe space for these kids to play with us and each other, even if it’s only one day a week.
Share a memorable moment as a Playtime volunteer.
My most memorable moment was the field trip we took to the National Museum of American History. We had two interactive exhibits all to ourselves with space to run around, play, and learn. It was plain to see how excited the children were to be there, and a special trip like that wouldn’t have been able to happen without the volunteers, which made me feel important.
What else do you want people to know about your work with Playtime?
Playtime is a learning experience for everyone involved. Children have a unique and refreshing perspective on life that’s easy to forget about as you grow up; the volunteers are opportunities for the children to make a connection, and can provide additional positive role models for their lives. I’ve had a great experience with Playtime and would encourage anyone to try it.