Robin Barstow, Master of Social Work Student, is United Way's Featured Volunteer May 2012

Posted October 9, 2012

University of Maine Master of Social Work student Robin Barstow was United Way’s Featured Volunteer for the month of May in 2012. She is a member of United Way of Eastern Maine’s Mentor, Tutor, Reader Drive. United Way described Robin as one of their “finest volunteers” and “one of our top partners in the community working to prevent substance abuse.” As part of her Social Work program Barstow interned at Greater Old Town Communities That Care tutoring middle school students. Barstow says that “the research has found that the presence of ‘one caring adult’ is enough to have a profoundly positive effect upon a child who is facing a multitude of other risk factors.” The Mentor, Tutor, Reader Drive is a group of volunteers who work with children to help them make good decisions through the mentoring and tutoring process. Barstow also said about her experience, “A very effective general protective intervention is tutoring and the bond children form with a caring adult. Just as emotionally traumatic events can tear apart the fabric of individual psyches and families, emotions can also act as powerful catalysts for healing. In my experience, positive words and good role models have great power to elevate us all to what we really want.” For more information about this, please click here