Congrats to our December Volunteer of the Month: Pam Crutchfield! We couldn't do what we do without the help of our incredible volunteers like you.
Pam has been a dedicated volunteer in our
TOV Reads program for the last two years. TOV Reads brings volunteers to Lozano elementary school every week to work one-on-one with elementary school students in need from October through May. We wanted to get to know Pam a little bit more, so she answered some of our questions below.
1. How did you first get involved with TOV/JUF?
I have a trusted friend that I asked about reading opportunities working with children. He suggested the JUF sponsored program working with WITS.
2. What makes it important for you to volunteer with TOV/JUF?
I really appreciate the high quality of organization at JUF and their caring attitude. They make the volunteer experience seamless and I feel valued for my contribution of time. I have also enjoyed meeting many of the other people I volunteer with and we have formed bonds around our experiences. Helping young school-age children with their reading skills is so much fun. They run into the room so happy to see you. It’s a joy.
3. Are there any fun facts about you that we might not know?
I collect contemporary Japanese baskets and sculptures. I have 60 of them. I've met all of the artists of the baskets in Japan. The Art Institute of Chicago has ten baskets that I have donated in their Asian Wing.
I also co-founded a dance company about eleven years ago called DanceWorks Chicago. We train and pay young adult dancers for approximately two years and then send them on to other companies. We have dancers in Alvin Ailey, The Lion King, The Color Purple, and many contemporary dance companies throughout the US and Europe.
We are so lucky to have Pam as part of our TOV family! To learn more about JUF's important work in the community, sign up to volunteer, or make a donation in Pam's honor, please visit