Neighborhood Focus is special because of our volunteers. Every week, our volunteers selflessly donate their time to develop positive relationships with our students, helping with homework after school, serving as mentors and helping each child grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ.
This month, we’d like to introduce you to Michael Trotter, one of our valued volunteers at Neighborhood Focus. Michael has served within our organization for the past 2.5 years, having returned back to Greenville after living for 15 years in Fort Mill, SC.
Read on to learn more about Michael and why volunteering is important to him.
Q: Why did you want to volunteer at Neighborhood Focus?
A: We were very active at First Presbyterian Church before we moved, and we are active there again since moving back. I wanted to serve in my community and Neighborhood Focus was recommended to me by Claire Ripley as a way I could make a difference in the lives of children in Greenville.
Q: What does a typical volunteer day look like for you at Neighborhood Focus?
I volunteer with the younger kids (1st through 5th grade). A typical day would be to hang out with and just be a friend to all of the students once they arrive there after school. Next is “Power up” time where Lauren speaks with the kids and provides them a devotional and Christian message. Then we move on to homework help and reading time, where I also assist.
Q: What is your favorite thing about volunteering at Neighborhood Focus?
Being able to be a positive male influence and role model for the kids. I feel like I’m able to make a difference by connecting with these students on a regular basis, getting to know them and helping to guide them.
Q: What is your career background?
I currently own my own consulting business. I received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in electrical engineering from Clemson in 1985.
Q: Are you a Greenville native? If not, where have you lived prior?
I’m not a native of Greenville, but we lived here 12 years before moving to Ft. Mill. Between attending Clemson, living in Greenville, living in Ft. Mill and now back in Greenville, I’ve lived in SC for 32 years. (I also lived in Hendersonville NC for a couple of years).
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Greenville?
A: Tommy’s Ham House
Q: What do you like to do in your down time? What are your hobbies and interests?
A: Fishing (both salt and fresh water) and watching Clemson football
Q: What is something interesting about you most people don't know?
A: My mother was in the first class of women admitted to Clemson University.
Q: What is your favorite quote or Bible verse that most inspires you?
A: Jeremiah 29:11 - For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Q: Why should other people consider volunteering at Neighborhood Focus?
Volunteering at Neighborhood Focus is a great opportunity to work with some excellent kids, and simultaneously have an opportunity to impact their lives. If you enjoy working and spending time with young people, then this is a great place to make a difference.