[bksvol-discuss] Re: Staff Change at Bookshare

What a wonderful day that must have been!

Lori C.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Alisa Moore" <alisam@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Friday, December 09, 2011 2:07 PM
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Thanks for your warm welcome, Courtney!

Yes, working with the Oakland school district was very much a challenge - lots of bureaucracy and few financial resources. We had over 5,000 students living in foster care, and thousands more with relatives...not to mention hundreds who were homeless and living in shelters or cars...My fondest memory was inviting our most disadvantaged youth to a free "shopping day" at Barnes and Noble. Students were invited to select as many books as they could carry! I'll never forget the looks on their faces and the excitement they expressed as they ran up and down the aisles picking out books. Students left with armloads of books, many of whom had never owned a book in their life. We also had a very dedicated volunteer who ensured that every foster care group home in Oakland (30 in all) got a sizable library of books and a computer or two! Aside from their textbooks, these students had no computers or books in their own homes, before our volunteer made it happen. So you can imagine how much I appreciate the power of what just one volunteer can do to enrich the lives of the people we serve and I truly look forward to hearing all the amazing things you're doing here at Bookshare, and developing plans for the future.

Kindly,  Alisa Moore

-----Original Message-----
From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Courtney Stover
Sent: Friday, December 09, 2011 1:39 PM
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Staff Change at Bookshare

Scott,

Thank you so much for the truly excellent work you've done with
Bookshare.  I appreciated so very much, on the several ocasions we had
private communication, your swift, professional and nonjudgmental
responses to my various troubles.

I wish you the best and greatest things in the future.

And Alissa, welcome to the volunteer community!  You've done some
incredible volunteer work with some disadvantaged communities that
interest me a great deal, particularly the Unified District of
Oakland.  That entire community has always seemed one of the most
disadvantaged yet reziliant I've ever encountered.  They're like the
gladiator whose motto was the fight isn't over until you've won.

I look forward to seeing how your experiences will further the goals
of Bookshare, and believe, pondering on the core skills necessary for
the sort of work you've done with large groups that you will bring
great things to the community.
Warmest Regards to you both,
Courtney

On 12/9/11, Scott Rains <scottr@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Thanks, Pam.

Scott

From: Pamela Hoffard <crosssttch@xxxxxxxxx<mailto:crosssttch@xxxxxxxxx>>
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Date: Fri, 9 Dec 2011 13:09:18 -0800
To: "bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>"
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Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Staff Change at Bookshare

Scott,

We will miss you greatly. Thank you for your sense of humor on this list. Best wishes to your future and congrats to those you are to receive from you
in the future!

Thanks,

Pam

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From: Scott Rains <scottr@xxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:scottr@xxxxxxxxxxxx>>
To: "bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>"
<bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>>
Sent: Friday, December 9, 2011 12:18 AM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Staff Change at Bookshare

Volunteers,

Please join us in welcoming Alisa Moore to Bookshare.

Her email is: alisam@xxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:alisam@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Her desk phone is: 650 644-0087

This morning Fred Slone announced her arrival with the following:

Good Morning Bookshare,
I am delighted to welcome Alisa Moore, who starts this morning as our new
Volunteer Program Manager!
Alisa brings a tremendous breadth of professional experience working with
volunteers, students, and families in non-profit and educational settings. She built a dynamic state-wide volunteer network for foster families in her
recent work with Lutheran Community Services in Seattle, WA.  She also
developed a volunteer program for the Oakland Unified School District, which
provided mentoring, tutoring, books, computers, and other supports for
students living in foster care and homeless shelters.  She received her
Bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska and has a Master's degree
from San Francisco State.

Fred


Help Alisa make Bookshare a place you continue to be proud to volunteer for!

Scott Rains
Bookshare Fellow

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