Volunteer Ambassadors is a kindness initiative to strengthen and unite our communities by making good in the world. Research shows that volunteering provides so many benefits including the power to change lives. Volunteers can make a tangible change in a person's life, while also giving them hope.
Since COVID-19, the pandemic has impacted so many children and families, and communities that need a helping hand. Helping others provides a feeling of gratitude and a chance to pay it forward.
Volunteering is rewarding and fulfilling, and provides a sense of purpose, ready to take on the world and make a difference. Volunteering provides connections, builds strong friendships, confidence, and self-esteem, and enhances overall well-being.
When we help others, we give off positive vibes and kindness is contagious which inspires others. We believe, the more we volunteer the better we can feel.
We love to showcase our talented and amazing volunteers:
Patrick Tsung - Needham High School '21
Rory Paterniti - Needham High School '22
Patrick Tsung is a student at Needham High School. In his spare time, he likes to go on walks and play video games. Patrick likes to travel, and some of his favorite places include Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia and Hawaii. He is an avid fan of roads and transportation, and can name almost every country on earth. Patrick is a member of unified track and basketball, Boy Scouts and Model UN.
Rory Paterniti is a rising junior at Needham High School. She loves being a part of the high school swim team, but also enjoys swimming at the beach, pool or anywhere else with her friends. She also loves reading just about any genre, especially dystopian novels. During the winter, she likes to ski with her family in Vermont, and her favorite part of summer is being with her cousins lakeside and biking around town with her friends.
Kate Paik- Needham High School '22
Kate Paik is a rising junior at Needham High School. In her free time, she loves to hang out with her friends. She also enjoys playing the guitar and singing for her church. Like many of her friends, she is an avid Harry Potter fan. Apart from volunteering at Storytime Crafts, she enjoys volunteering at the soup kitchen in Cambridge and helping out with summer camps in the summer.
Jacky Lau - Needham High School '22
Jacky Lau is a rising junior at Needham High School. Jacky enjoys reading, and some of her favorite books include Max, by Sarah Cohen-Scali, and Tuesdays With Morrie, by Mitch Albom. In her free time, Jacky loves doing anything crafty, including embroidery, jewelry making, painting, drawing and more! Other activities she enjoys are baking, cooking and watching movies. She also likes traveling around the world, hanging out with her friends and family, and helping out the community every chance she gets.
Kaitlyn Wong- Needham High School '22
Kaitlyn Wong is a rising junior at Needham High School. Kaitlyn loves to travel with her family all around the world. She has been to China, Canada, all across the US, and many of the Caribbean Islands. Kaitlyn enjoys reading Dystopian novels. Some of her favorite series are The Hunger Games, Legend, and Scythe. Kaitlyn is a fanatic of building LEGOS, and her favorite TV series is Avatar: The Last Airbender. Kaitlyn is also part of the high school volleyball team. Last year, the Needham Girls Volleyball team won the State Championship for the first time in NGVB history!
Samantha Cai - Needham High School '22
Samantha Cai is a rising junior at Needham High School. She enjoys reading realistic fiction and fantasy. Some of her favorite books include Eleanor & Park and The Selection Series. Her hobbies include drawing, sketching and creating all types of art. Samantha also travels a lot and loves to experience and learn about different cultures. In her free time she likes to go on bike rides, have picnics with her friends, and find new places to explore.
Nora Joyce - Newton Country Day School
I am Nora Joyce, an eighth grader at Newton Country Day School. I love to run, play tennis, and bike. I also love hanging out with my four brothers and friends. I like to read historical fiction books because of how I can learn and remember many significant historical events through reading interesting stories. Some of my favorite historical fiction books are Number the Star and Refugee. Helping my community is something that I enjoy because I know that I am making a difference in children's lives. It is something that helps those most in need, and makes me feel happy knowing that I am doing something to help the world become a better place.
Dana Freedman - Needham High School '22
Dana Freedman is a junior at Needham High School. She enjoys reading, music, art, animals, and sports. Her favorite types of books are realistic fiction and dystopian novels. In her free time, Dana also likes to travel and spend time with her friends and family. She enjoys helping her community because she wants to give back to those who are less fortunate than her and to be the reason for someone’s smile.
I started my art business, craftsgonewilde, at the beginning of the pandemic. I saw how people around me were in need of help and I wanted to do something, even if it wasn’t a lot. I’ve always loved art, so I made some whenever I was bored and sold it online, raising money for people in need and sharing smiles in the process. I hope to do the same with Storytime Crafts. The pandemic has greatly impacted education, so I want to do my part to make sure that all kids have access to reading material and the things they need.
Sophia Beaver - Newton Country Day School
Sophia Beaver is an 8th grader at Newton Country Day School, where she is one of the co-presidents of the middle school. A lover of the arts, she has danced with Boston Ballet School (BBS) for 11 years, taken part in the BBS Nutcracker, participated in a variety of musicals and plays, and sang in her church choir. She enjoys reading and painting. Athletically, she loves running and playing soccer and lacrosse, and has competed in a kids triathlon. She loves spending time with her friends and family, and her dog Hazel. She has been involved in many service projects including Kids Print to Protect (a face shield printing program for the Coronavirus), delivering food to the Salvation Army, volunteering with Cradles to Crayons, and Room to Grow, where she is an ambassador. She loves helping those in need because she believes small actions can make big impacts. Sophia is thrilled to be able to contribute to the Storytime Crafts mission!
Nora Srinivas - Needham High School '23
Jeremy Melton- Needham High School '23
Jeremy Melton is a sophomore at Needham High School. He enjoys playing baseball and hanging out with his friends. He likes to do physical activities inside and outside when he's with other people, traveling to warm places with his family and likes the beach a lot. Jeremy also likes to work at camp during the summer.
Nora & Phoebe Buonpane - Mitchell Elementary School
Nora Buonpane is in the 1st grade and Phoebe Buonpane is a 3rd grader. They love to help sort books received in the book donation shed and assist with stocking the community library box.
Nora Srinivas is a sophomore at Needham High School, and one of the presidents of the interact club. The club is a group that focuses on working with local organizations in our community, such as Storytime Crafts. She is also on the debate team and enjoys painting, drawing, and spending time with friends and family. Nora has always loved reading and her favorite genre currently is historical fiction because it allows her to learn about historical events through a unique perspective.
Evan Raskin - Needham High School '15
Evan Raskin is the National Campaign Manager for EARTHDAY.ORG the global organizers of Earth Day each year on April 22nd. He helps Storytime Crafts by volunteering to distribute books & resources, and by supporting their common goal of helping students learn community values through access to education. Outside of work, he loves spending time hiking and snowboarding, and is a published musician under the name Raskin.
Liam Sullivan - Needham High School '23
Liam Sullivan is a sophomore at Needham High School. He plays football on the high School team. Liam enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and friends. He looks forward to trips that involve hiking with extended family in New Hampshire. Liam spends his summers working with kids at a day camp.
Abigail Sprinsky- Needham High School '21
My name is Abigail Sprinsky and I am senior at Needham High School. I am the president of the Room to Read Club and one of the co-presidents of the Best Buddies Club at Needham High School. Reading and helping others read is something I have been passionate about for a long time. When I was little I would have people donate books for my birthday instead of giving me presents, and I collected books for my Bat Mitzvah project. I’m really looking forward to working with Storytime Crafts on fun projects that are going to help our larger community!
Nicole Kirshy - Needham High School '22
Nicole Kirshy is a junior at Needham High School. Nicole loves literature and writing, and loves reading books! She enjoys being in nature, theatre, animals, and reading about new topics. In her free time, she plays music on her ukulele and tries to volunteer around the community.
Naomi Osman - Needham High School '23
Naomi Osman is a sophomore student at Needham High school, and one of the co-presidents of its interact club, which focuses on group work with local organizations in our community, such as Storytime Crafts and the Rotary. She also has been a dancer for nearly ten years and loves fashion, drawing, analyzing complex films and television, and spending time with friends and family. Naomi’s favorite genre of reading is graphic novel because she appreciates finding the symbolism and messages behind the intricate art illustrated on the pages.
Annika Kim - Needham High School '24
I am Annika Kim and a freshman at Needham High School. I love hanging out with my friends and family. I also love making art and playing music. My favorite kind of art is painting and I‘m currently playing the clarinet, saxophone, and guitar. I enjoy reading mystery books because of the suspense, and realistic fiction because I can relate my own life to the book. I’m looking forward to spreading kindness and promoting literature through Storytime Crafts!
Michelle Virovtsev - Needham High School '23
Michelle Virovtsev is a sophomore at Needham High School and she is in both Malaria Free World club and Birthday Wishes. In her free time, she enjoys reading mystery books, getting herself involved in art, learning different languages and spending time with her family and friends. She wants to get involved at Storytime Crafts because she wants to give back to the community through an organization that spreads kindness.
Eve Melychev - Needham High School '22
Eve Melychev is a junior at Needham Highschool and is part of the cross country team along with being a member of the National Honor Society. Eve enjoys being outdoors, especially hiking in New Hampshire. Her favorite genre of books is thriller and was primarily mystery when she was younger. Her current favorite book is The Wives. Her favorite book as a child was any of the books from the A to Z mystery series.
Caroline Lanza - Needham High School '21
Ellie Donohue - Needham High School '24
I am Ellie Donohue and a freshman at Needham High School. I love hanging out with my friends and family. My favorite sport is softball, which I play 3 seasons of the year. I love reading and have since I was little. My favorite series is definitely Percy Jackson, which I was obsessed with in 4th grade. My favorite genre now is realistic fiction because it can relate to my own life. I’m looking forward to promoting literacy and helping the community through Storytime Crafts!
Matthew Emerson - Needham High School '22
Matthew Emerson is a junior at Needham High School and soon to be captain of the cross country team for the 2021 season. Matthew enjoys to spend time outside and go on runs. He also enjoys taking his dog Charlie on walks. His favorite genre of literature is non-fiction and enjoyed reading the Harry Potter series. Matthew’s favorite books as a child were from Dr. Seuss.
Emily Brugger - Needham High School '23
Emily Brugger is a Sophomore at Needham High School. She enjoys reading, music, animals, sports, and hanging out with friends. She loves to read all genres of books. Emily plays saxophone and dabbles on the piano. She is on the NHS basketball team and will be trying out for softball. She loves to be outside especially in the summer.
Gabriella Barros - Needham High School '22
Gabriella Barros is a junior at Needham High School. She loves to read, draw, and re-watch her favorite shows. Gabriella is a captain of the girl's ultimate frisbee team and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Her favorite books include The Selection Series, The Mortal Instruments series, and most John Green books, and enjoys exploring fictional worlds through stories. Gabriella likes to learn about other cultures through food, music, and meeting new people and loves traveling to see her family in Brazil. She hopes to dedicate her future to doing something that helps others and brings a smile to other people's faces, as that is what makes her happiest.
Sachi - Sunita Williams Elementary School
My name is Sachi. I am 10 years old. I love to play soccer and tennis. My favorite book is "The Land of Stories". I love graphic novels and fantasy books. My Favorite graphic novels are "Guts", "Smiles", "The Baby Sitters Club" plus "Dork Diaries''. I also love to help others.
Juliana Swartz - Needham High School '23
Juliana Swartz is a junior at Needham High School. In her free time, she enjoys singing, theater, playing the piano, and competing on her school’s speech and debate team. She also loves to travel, bake, and spend time with her friends and family. Juliana loves to read, and enjoys especially fantasy, dystopian, and science-fiction books, her favorite when she was younger being the Percy Jackson series. She is very excited to work with Storytime Crafts as she is always looking for ways to get involved with and help out her community. She loves the organization’s message, and wants to spread kindness wherever she can.
Caroline Lanza is a senior at Needham High School. Caroline taught herself how to crochet to be able to contribute to Storytime Crafts’ stuffed animal donations. Her favorite authors include Barbara Parks, Margaret Peterson Haddix, and Agatha Christie. In her free time, she also loves to do theatre, sing with her friends in their folk ensemble, and play Dungeons and Dragons!
Caroline Pinti - Needham High School '23
Caroline Pinti is a sophomore at Needham High School. In her free time Caroline likes to ski, play basketball, travel and bake. Her favorite class in school is history and she also plays the flute. She likes reading dystopian novels and enjoys hanging out with her friends and cats.
Milana Brikman - Needham High School '23
Milana Brikman is a sophomore at Needham High school. Milana is in the Jewish student union and birthday wishes club. In her spare time she likes to hang out with friends at the beach, and go on fun adventures. Milana plays tennis, and she joined Storytime Crafts because she believes it is important to give back to the community, and the message it spreads is important.
Dana Moochnick - Needham High School '24
Dana Moochnick is a freshman at Needham High School. She loves being a part of school clubs such as Mock Trial, Science Team, and Interact Club. She loves spending time with her friends, watching movies, and playing field hockey in her spare time. Dana loves reading mystery, science fiction, and dystopian novels. During the summer, she likes to go to camp and spend time with little kids. Dana joined Storytime Crafts to be able to spread positivity and kindness to the community.
Abhi Kasula - Needham High School '21
Abhi Kasula is a senior at Needham High, soon to be a freshman at Umass Amherst for Biochemistry. He runs cross country and plays tennis but his favorite pass time is reading. As a young child he liked stories about knights and dragons, but now he enjoys nonfiction and psychological books. He enjoys helping around his community and is excited to volunteer!
Jordan Cohen - Needham High School '22
Jordan Cohen is a rising senior at Needham High School. She recently moved to Needham in summer 2020 after living in England for three years. She enjoys painting, being active, and traveling. Jordan has travelled to more than 17 countries with her family and friends. She also enjoys baking for baking fundraisers and helping her community in any way she can.
Ava Beatriz Stamatelaky - Beaver Country Day School '22
Ava Beatriz Stamatelaky is a senior at Beaver Country Day. She plays on the varsity tennis and volleyball team. As a lover of arts, she spends most of her free time creating jewelry like rings and bracelets, bullet journaling, and painting. Other activities she enjoys are baking, cooking, and watching television. When with her friends she loves traveling around Massachusetts to thrift and find the best restaurants. Outside of Storytime Crafts she also enjoys volunteering as a server at Rosies Place and collecting and packing books for Bagong Kulyurang Pinoy.
Haley Larson - Pollard Middle School
Haley learned about Storytime Crafts by reading an article in the Needham newspaper. Haley is an 8th grader at Pollard Middle School. She loves to garden, crochet, bake, and read. My favorite childhood book is “Watch me throw the ball” by Mo Willams because it makes my laugh every time.
Kara Cooper - Needham High School '23
Kara Cooper is a junior at Needham High. Aside from volunteering, Kara loves to dance and bake. Some of her favorite books include The Eighth Day, Far Far Away, and The Hunger Games. She loves to read, and wishes she had more time to do so outside of school.
Veda Reddy - Westwood High School '23
I am Veda Reddy and I am a junior at Westwood High School. Aside from volunteering, I love playing sports and being active! I love playing tennis, and I am a part of my school’s varsity tennis team. This year I am a captain of WHS Science Team, a member of student council and a part of Westwood’s Youth Climate Action Chapter. In my free time, I love to read and write! Currently, my favorite book is the Cruel Prince by Holly Black. I am really looking forward to working with Storytime Crafts to spread and share my love of reading with others and give back to the community!
Kaya Fugate-Kirstein - Needham High School '23
I am Kaya Fugate-Kirstein and I’m a junior at Needham High School. I like to draw and paint. My favorite books are Furthermore and the Tale of Despereaux, I like assisting others and helping out in my community
Marlee Stone - Gann Academy '24
I am Marlee Stone, a tenth grader at Gann Academy. I grew up being an avid reader and love a good fantasy fiction novel. In my free time I am dancing at Total Eclipse Dance Studio, and hanging out with my friends and family. I love helping other people however I can, and I am so excited to be a part of Storytime Crafts!!