Each month UServeUtah honors one AmeriCorps member for going above and beyond the pledge they took to “Get Things Done.” We are pleased to announce that the Member of the Month for November of 2019 is Oswaldo “Ozzy” Demoura of the AEIOU AmeriCorps program.
Oswaldo has been serving as an AmeriCorps Tutor Coordinator at Tolman Elementary for more than 3 years. Students and volunteers are always excited to come and learn. His enthusiasm for the student’s learning and achievement is contagious and volunteers are eager to join in the work. He has organized his room in a way that volunteers know exactly what to do and where to go. He dives right into the work and leads by example. He tutors right alongside the volunteers and welcomes their input. Oswaldo takes time to get to know each student and motivates them with their interests.
Every year he makes a craft for each student as an incentive. And it isn’t a small thing! One year he made stars out of soda cans, another year he made awesome helmets from cardboard, and this year he made pencil toppers designed after the students’ favorite characters. This personal touch helps the students to feel loved and valued.
He has also inspired other AmeriCorps members by posting tips and tutorials on our Member Facebook Support Group. Oswaldo has lifted the hearts of students, teachers, parents, volunteers, and other AmeriCorps members with his enthusiasm and dedication. The principal said of Oswaldo, “I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award.”
We can’t either. Well done, Ozzy!
What is AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps is your moment to take the path less traveled, to break the status quo, to stop talking about the problem and be the solution. Join AmeriCorps and you can mentor and tutor kids, rebuild a community after disaster, help veterans, or work with local communities to alleviate poverty. There are thousands of opportunities to choose from, find the one that fits you.