A Very Important Volunteer

on 20 April 2017

Editor’s note: We at Turning Points are fortunate to have hundreds of volunteers who take on special projects to serve families in Philadelphia. Here is the story of just one of those volunteers.

Raiana Lewis loves Insomnia cookies, strength training and the Spice Girls. But most of all she loves to provide a shoulder to lean on. 

Turning Points knows Rai as the Development Intern with a golden attitude, beaming smile and conversations that last for days.

Rai came to Turning Points in December 2014 as a Life Skills Coach at CUA 9. Her role evolved into a Development Intern while she continued her graduate school work toward an MBA. Like most of her interests, she refuses to sit on the sideline.

Rai came on board as an intern to launch the Care Kit program, which was just an idea at the time.

In the past 7 months, she made it into our fastest growing volunteer opportunity. She connected the right people and resources to make the project blossom.

"Care Kits are a fun way for donors and companies to get involved with Turning Points. Each kit goes to one of the kids. It's a personal way of giving back," Rai Lewis.

Rai says that volunteers and donors are the reason the program is successful and that children now know that there are people who care about them.

Here are a few organizations that helped fill and pack our Care Kits:

  • Cradles to Crayons
  • Kid Smiles
  • Pennsylvania Compensation Rating Bureau
  • Schnader Harrison
  • United by Blue
  • William Penn Charter School

Rai says, "I've seen the drama of being removed from a home. It's an amazing feeling knowing I'm helping the kids that need it."

Care Kits are age and gender-appropriate bags of essential items for youth who are entering the foster care system. A Care Kit will make the transition into their new home more comfortable.

We appreciate all that Rai has done to grow the Care Kit Program. We wish her the best of luck with her graduation on June 27th and future endeavors. For more information on donating or filling kits, visit our Care Kit Page.

P.S. If you bump into Rai, ask her about her grandma's famous peach cobbler!