Previous | Next
123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930313233343536373839404142434445464748495051525354555657585960616263646566676869707172737475767778798081828384858687888990919293949596979899100 of 100
come from Harlem?
Not too much. They're mostly from downtown. We have a few
of them from Harlem, but the majority of them are coming from downtown.
Is this one of the constraints you find, trying to change conditions
here, difficulty finding volunteers at all, much less suitable
Well, it is not easy to find suitable volunteers. I tell you
about ... in terms of the difficulty of getting them together,
getting them uptown and together in one group, that's not easy.
Let's go into that.
They have different interests, of course. And they have also
economic factors. I mean, most people who are volunteering, who live
in Harlem, work, so the kinds of things they can do they have to do
like on Saturday, maybe take a child or a group of children out on a
trip, or something like that. But most of our volunteers don't work,
so they can come in the week. That means they can see the children
directly for tutoring, or serve as Big Brothers and Big Sisters and
But it works out in this place. For one thing, we've always
been kind of eclectic in every way. I mean, very early -- we were
always integrated, you know. We had whites and blacks on staff from
the beginning. Then we began to get Spanish-speaking people. We
have a lot of foreigners here, from as far away as India, Philippines,
© 2006 Columbia University
Libraries | Oral History
Research Office | Rights and
Permissions | Help