Schwabbies bring the joy of reading to kids

during virtual Schwab Volunteer Month 

Article

June 8, 2021

By Melissa Brandon, Director, Communications

Schwabbies across the country (and parts of the globe!) donated their time and talent during Schwab Volunteer Month to virtually read to children. We asked some of those volunteers why giving back is important and what children’s book they chose to share!

Dave C. - Hong Kong

 Why do you volunteer?

 Volunteering is important to me because it makes me happy when we can bring hope and joy to others.

 Why did you choose the book you read?

 Our team enjoyed reading How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? It’s a fun story about how kids and dinosaurs can take care of themselves when they get sick.


Kristine C. - Idyllwild, California

 Why do you volunteer?

 I’m aware of how blessed my life is and that I will never know the struggles that so many people face. It’s so clear to me that I’m in a position of power to help, and it lifts my spirit to give of myself in whatever ways I can – lightening the load that someone else must carry, if only for a day, a few hours, or a few minutes. It’s a win-win for everyone involved!

 Why did you choose the book you read?

 I loved reading to my children when they were little, and Pig Pig Gets a Job by David McPhail was a favorite book of theirs because I brought the characters to life with silly voices that made them giggle. It introduces the concept of having to work and save for the things you want in life, which is of course an important component of financial literacy.


Ashley P. – Lone Tree, Colorado

Why do you volunteer?

I volunteer because I love to feel connected to my community, especially during these times difficult times.

Why did you choose the book you read?

I chose Hark! A Shark! because I love how it combines adventure, fantasy, and science. Shark Week on television has always been one of my favorite summer events, so I loved being able to bring my stuffed shark friend to read the story with me!


Michael I. – Lone Tree, Colorado

Why do you volunteer?

I volunteer because I want to do what I can to help support families with sick children.

Why did you choose the book you read?

I chose The Gruffalo because it is one of the most charming children’s books I’ve read.


Michelle P. - Phoenix, Arizona

Why do you volunteer?

I always love volunteering as it provides perspective, a great way to connect to the community. It is wonderful that volunteering is part of Schwab’s culture and I am thankful that Schwab gives all of their employees an opportunity to volunteer ever year.

Why did you choose the book you read?

The books I chose for the groups I led were the books I read to my kids when they were little, a favorite being Dear Zoo. The books are fun, interactive, and the kids learn about animals.


Kyle C. – Austin, Texas

Why do you volunteer?

I find a tremendous amount of meaning and purpose in serving and helping others. It’s one of the reasons I love working at Schwab, knowing our firm’s purpose is grounded in serving our clients. Volunteering is an opportunity for us to tangibly see a direct tie between our efforts and the result of helping others. It also always brings me back to the foundational purpose of my day job. I’m so grateful that Schwab strongly encourages us to prioritize volunteering in our busy schedules.

Why did you choose the book you read?

I chose to read Rosie Revere, Engineer because it highlights the importance of courageously facing challenges and failures, while continuously seeking progress.

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