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February 3, 2013

Loveworks reaching students

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“When people ask about our success they want to look at materials and resources, but I point to our community,” Hirsch said. “All walks of lifehave come together an dunited to invest in this generation. We have volunteer leaders from high school, an incredible relationship with the University of Oklahoma students, young professionals and retirees. Volunteers have been the ingredient that has surprised me over and over again...they’re always needed so as to maintain a 2-1 ratio of volunteer to student,” Hirsch said.

Benefits of lending expertise or gaining valuable experience aside, the bottom line is nurturing young people who need a caring environment.

“Any adult can make a positive influence on a kid just by being there, caring and listening to them and expressing an interest in their lives,” Loeffler said. “Kids like to know that adults care and want them to succeed, it helps their self-esteem. We’ve seen a lot of benefit in that as we go forward with Loveworks.”

To volunteer, refer a student or find out more, visit www.loveworksoutreach.com.

Caitlin Schudalla

cschudalla@normantranscript.com

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