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Volunteer Spotlight: Dino Garcia, Head Start Parent

May 31, 2023

Volunteer spotlight Dino Garcia

May 31, 2023

Kansas Children’s Service League (KCSL) appreciates the volunteers and parents that help us build stronger families in Kansas. Communities and programs have specific needs, so volunteer opportunities are unique to each area. KCSL has several Early Head Start and Head Start programs in Southwestern Kansas that focus on early childhood education, parent resources, community support and parent engagement. Dino Garcia, a Head Start parent, has emerged as a dedicated volunteer and Head Start Hero, contributing to the promotion of an engaged community. Continue reading to discover more about Dino and his involvement with KCSL.

Volunteer Spotlight Questionnaire:

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am a Garden City, Kansas native. Working with people and the community is a source of enjoyment for me. As a single father of six children ranging from four to 19 years old, I comprehend and relate to the challenges faced by single parents. This fuels my dedication to giving back to youth programs and families.

How did you become involved with KCSL as a volunteer?

I became a volunteer following a KCSL lunch presentation held at the Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce in 2022. After learning more about the services offered across the state, I connected with the Head Start Development Manager, Cecilia Douglass, to learn more about the needs in Southwestern Kansas.

What kind of volunteer activities do you participate in with the organization?

My team at VLP, an EquipmentShare Company, organized a Touch-a-Tractor event where we provided children and their parents with demonstrations of various vehicles. Additionally, I have volunteered at various KCSL events such as Creatures of Cedar Street Trunk or Treat and the Better Home and Living Show. I have also assisted in providing translation services for Spanish-speaking families. Moving forward, I plan to continue participating in any capacity that I can.

Why would you encourage others to volunteer for KCSL?

It’s important to volunteer and be a role model for the area children. Kids are our future, and they see the examples set for them. By having more adults engaging with youth programs, you allow children to develop trust and be open to those connections.

Interested in Getting Involved?

Volunteers in Southwestern Kansas are encouraged to reach out to Cecilia Douglass to discuss volunteer opportunities that align with their interests. Volunteers can read to children in our Head Start centers, assist with lunch table setups, facilitate games at family game nights, or chaperone field trips and other activities. Community members are also encouraged to serve on the Head Start Policy Council, a group of parents and community stakeholders responsible for shaping the direction of Head Start services in Southwestern Kansas. Alternatively, volunteers can join our Community Leadership and Development Council.

Email or call 620-276-3232×1101 to get started.