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Meet Awesome Volunteer Mentor May Tang

August 25, 2014

“In your teens, you go through a lot of changes, trying to figure things out,” says May Tang, a team leader at our affiliate Chinese Christian Herald Crusades. “Now that I’m a lot of older, I can take myself back and express experiences I’ve had to these kids, and hopefully I can save them a lot of trouble in the future.”

Meet May, a Redeemer West Sider who has been volunteering at CCHC for almost three years with their Bridge in the Gap and English Study Buddies programs. “Sleeping in on Saturdays is hard to give up, but volunteering is very rewarding, watching my tutee grow. I really don’t mind giving up my time for tutoring and being a team leader. I don’t see it as chore.”

May identifies with the huge differences between American and Chinese cultures, and this perspective has helped her serve her tutee, who moved to the U.S. from China about four years ago and is heading into her junior year of high school. “You really have to get her to open up," May says. 

Most of their Saturdays are spent discussing writing, grammar, and history, building English communication skills along the way. May is thrilled with her tutee’s proactive and creative approach to a year-end project. “It’s very rewarding, growing in this relationship, to see her now in high school and doing well.”

May was spiritually stretched last year when a pair of team leaders both moved on, leaving a key leadership spot open. May reevaluated her commitment to the program and felt led to take charge, “even though I didn’t really know what was going on!” she laughs. “In a good way I was put in a position of taking up leadership that nobody else was going to take. It was a good push; I feel like I’ve grown a lot spiritually.” 

When speaking of the transition from volunteer to team leader, May points to the other CCHC volunteers as a community of support: ”I have a good committee, and couldn’t have done it without them and their creativity. We held each other accountable in growing the program and making it successful.”

Ultimately, May says, it’s all about the students: “I have a heart for all the kids I work with, even though it’s a single student I work with, my heart goes out to each of them, being part of that growth, going through so many changes. You know, we’re all kids at heart.”

We’re so thankful for May and her choice to sacrifice her time to be a mentor and team leader! Want to serve  with her?  There's still time to sign up for our mentoring info session tonight! You can RSVP here
Related Affiliates: Chinese Christian Herald Crusades