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When he’s not behind the microphone at 91.5 The Beat, Carlos Benevides can often be found at Kitchener Public Library.
The charismatic, energetic radio host has been a Reading Buddy volunteer for about two years. Reading Buddies work one-on-one with children who can read, but need a little more practise.
Carlos found his way to our doors through a zany radio experiment a few years ago: 30 Deeds in 30 Days. He volunteered at a different local organization every day for 30 days in a row, sharing his experiences with radio listeners and writing about it too.
His goal was to highlight how easy it is to make a difference, once you’ve found the right volunteer position among the many opportunities available. It was fellow radio colleague and library board member Mike Farwell who suggested he give Reading Buddies a try.
“I love kids and reading is very important to me, so it’s the perfect fit,” Carlos says. “It’s one day a week for one hour. That’s all you need to make an impact.”
His last Reading Buddy was seven years old, and English was not his first language. He struggled at first, but by the end of the eight-week session, he became more confident and comfortable with reading.
“I was really impressed and inspired by the little guy,” Carlos says. “I think I get more out of it than the people I’m helping. I love spending time with people. I’m getting a more rewarding experience than anyone else.”