Hawk-Houston Youth Enrichment Center Needs Volunteers

DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - For decades, this sign read Hawk-Houston boys and girls club...
But now, it’s a Youth Enrichment Center....meaning anyone you see "working" here is doing it for free.

Norris Danzey says, "I was getting paid, when it was available, but of late, I’ve been volunteering because you know it’s just good to give back to the community and I feel like if anybody needs it these kids over here do."

Norris Danzey, a retired teacher, has been volunteering off and on at Hawk-Houston for years.

"I started when I was in college coming here getting some hours for my education degree", says Danzey.

And he's not the only one who uses his experience as a way to help the children succeed.

"I’m an aviation instructor/ megatronics instructor at Dothan Technology Center." Said Helena Williams.

"I retired from the Sheriff’s Department, working with the inmates" said Sue LaRue.

But with only five volunteers and seventy kids expected for spring break and summer, they need more volunteers.
Because without enough staff, they'll have to turn children away.

Oscar Truitt Jr. who’s attended the club since 1966, "We'd have to turn them away because there’s structure, and in order to have structure you have to have enough people to supervise and maintain structure."

Structure that’s already making an impact.

"They help me with my homework, and they’re very smart", says Tiyana Bell.

Knowledge and values that Timothy understands.

Timothy Brown once attended Hawk Houston, "I grew up here, I am one of those kids."
Sue LaRue’s take on volunteering is, "If you do it from your heart it’s not a job, it’s a blessing."

A Blessing that leaves a lasting legacy.

If you would like to volunteer contact the Hawk-Houston Youth Enrichment Center at (334) 792- 4618