This month the Charidy Team is proud to honor Avigail Stoll as our Volunteer Of The Month for her participation in the Bais Yaakov Ateres Miriam (BYAM) Charidy Campaign. We sat down with Avigail to discuss why he chose to crowdfund for BYAM!
Tell us about yourself!
Me and my husband enrolled our two kids in BYAM the very first year it started about six years ago. We have been with BYAM ever since, and now have three daughters enrolled in the school, including in the pre-K program.
How & why did you first get involved with BYAM?
We have been involved from the ground up. The principal always answered all of my questions so quickly, and I was constantly emailing him so that really just got us on board with the administration and the school. I was a volunteer teacher at one point when they needed it, and my husband ran the recycling program for the school. We are involved in school trips, and my husband is on the board of the school. He helps a lot with the finances and financial management. I basically just step in whenever I’m needed – so I am very much a huge cheerleader! But it really boils down to the fact that I want my kids in a supportive environment; so really I guess my goal is to support the school in supporting my children. I think they do a great job with it! And it’s very important for parents to step in and be helpful.
Why did you choose to volunteer for the BYAM Charidy Campaign?
Honestly, because my husband asked me to. He said “I’m doing it and I would really like it if you would do it too.” I went to the official meeting for the Charidy Campaign and I got pretty hooked because I love marketing and words and I felt that was a place where I could be useful in terms of helping create the verbiage for the campaign and the images and getting the word out there. But my husband was really the motivating force though – he is so involved and does so much for the school so it was really nice to have a chance to do something for them too.
What was the experience of the Charidy Campaign operations room like?
Exciting! It was really wonderful to see the kids get wrapped up in it. They were doing lemonade stands and bake sales and coming in with their little ziplock bags of money. It was awesome for them because they got to feel like they were really contributing and see the impact their money made. It was amazing to see the kids’ sense of pride and to see how much they believed in the school. And for the kids to see how much the community and faculty cared about them and to see their appreciation for it! You had parents really coming in with all their talents and utilizing their abilities in a very effective way for the community.
Describe the Charidy campaign in one word?
Congratulations to Avigail for her commitment to the cause and on a raise well done! Learn more about the campaign @ charidy.com/BYAM.