Three Mighty Volunteers

Kintan and Kim with border

Kimberly Friel

Hometown: Horsham

Profession: AmeriCorps Alumni, current barista at LaVa Cafe

Volunteer at MW since: March 2014

What I do at MW: I’m a mentor and have been meeting with Kintan, my mentee, once a week for over two years. We work on homework, writing assignments, projects, and we just talk about life. We try to have as many fun outings as possible and I’ve been to all her recitals and performances. Her family is family to me; she is an important person in my life.

Last book I read: The Afterlife and Other Stories by John Updike

Book I liked as a kid: All the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary

Quote I like: “I never set out to become anything in particular, only to live creatively and push the scope of my experience through adventure, through passion. Still all of it means something to me, same as most anyone with dreams.” — Mickey Smith

Ben and Juan standing with border

Ben Block

Hometown: Baltimore, Md

Profession: Marketing Manager

Been a volunteer at MW since: February 2016

What I do at MW: I have the good fortune to spend time with 5th grader and chess-kung fu champion Juan Sanchez.

Favorite author: Kurt Vonnegut

Last book I read: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Book I liked as a kid: The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

Quote I like: “To infinity and beyond.”

MW North Marlie workshop with border

Name: Marlie Derstine

Hometown: Perkasie, PA (Bucks County)

Profession: Full-time student at Temple University

Been a volunteer at MW since: September 2015

What I do at MW: I lead the “Rhyme Tyme with Dr. Seuss” Workshop at Mighty Writers North, 1801 Diamond St., on Tuesday nights, 6:30-7:30pm.

Favorite authors: Patricia McCormick and Khaled Hosseini

Last book I read: Half the Sky by Nicolas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Book I liked as a kid: The Magic Treehouse series

Quote I like: “If your dreams don’t scare you they’re not big enough.” —Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (President of Liberia)

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