"My intention, when I started this, was to be a role model in somebody’s life, and that takes a long term commitment."
My intention, when I started this, was to be a role model in somebody’s life,
and that takes a long term commitment.
Chelsy Spencer has always loved working with kids. Originally from Massachusetts, she attended Hofstra University and was looking for a way to volunteer her time between classes. She saw an advertisement youth mentors, and decided to sign up with the Hour Children organization.
Chelsy was matched with Theresa, an eight-year-old living in New York City. The pair met a couple times a month, venturing out to the city's parks and museums. Six years later, Chelsy is still Theresa's mentor. “We've built such a strong relationship,” said Chelsy. “I feel like I have made a huge difference in her life, and she has definitely made a difference in mine.”
Chelsy credits Hour Children with creating a program that allows mentors to work with kids in new and fun ways. They host mentor days and parties that bring together mentors and mentees. Chelsy calls the organization her family away from home.
“My intention when I started this was to be a role model in somebody’s life and that takes a long term commitment,” said Chelsy. "It really doesn’t feel like I am volunteering. I've known Theresa for so long, now, she's just my friend. She comes to me with questions about things that are happening in her life.”
Chelsy is also a social worker at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. She enjoys being outside, whether at the beach or participating in a softball league. Her Massachusetts upbringing means she is a big Boston sports fan. Her boyfriend, Will, is joining Chelsy on the cruise.