During National Volunteer Week (April 10 – 16), Alexander Youth Network featured Ebenezer Baptist Church on its Facebook page, highlighting the church’s visit to our Charlotte campus during Easter and doing an Easter egg hunt with kids in our Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF). We met with Ebenezer Baptist Church group leader Cynthia Peace and learned about her involvement with Alexander.
Cynthia first learned about Alexander through her niece Kendel and began volunteering last year. When she heard about Alexander’s need for volunteers during Easter this year, she got excited about meeting the kids and interacting with them. “It was rewarding to see how the kids helped each other find eggs. We saw kids take some of what they had found and share with others. Alexander has everything on site that a child will need to get them the help they need to get back on track and in school,” Cynthia said. Ebenezer Baptist Church volunteers couldn’t stop raving about their experience at Alexander. “Each person one that volunteered for the Easter egg hunt plans to return. One of our volunteers would like her son, a Psychology major, to volunteer at Alexander while he is home this summer,” she said.
Volunteering at Alexander was one of the most fulfilling times I’ve had this year. To see how spending a few hours doing an Easter egg hunt makes so many kids smile made me happy. It was truly an Easter blessing for each of us.
Cynthia currently works at Winston-Salem State University as Associate Director of Financial Aid. She lives in Charlotte and commutes to Winston-Salem each day. She enjoys spending time with her twins (who are away at college) and her daughter who is based in Greensboro. In her free time, she loves cooking their favorite foods whenever they visit home.