He works for American Express during the day, and for the past five years George Pezely has spent his evenings teaching English as a Second Language at the Guadalupe Schools.
He started with one evening a week but liked it so much he now volunteers two evenings a week."Because he has been with the program a long time, he knows the material well," said Judy Cohen, with the Guadalupe Schools. "George is very nice. He is friendly, open and enthusiastic. He usually has a group of four or five students. They may have come from Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe or Central America. The only language they have in common is English - and it may be rather elementary English."
Cohen said some of the students can read English but have little or no ability in conversational English. Pe-zely has to help them with prepared lessons and talk with them.
"His group sounds like they have lots of fun learning. Because he is so accessible, the students feel free to ask him questions. Sometimes the group decides to do things together outside of class.
"He is an outstanding volunteer who has a strong commitment to our program, has a strong commitment to helping others and is thoroughly dependable. In fact, when our agency moved, he spent three full days helping us move. It is difficult to single out a volunteer because we have many excellent ones, but Pezely is an example of a dedicated volunteer and we really appreciate him."
Moving to a new city means lots of adjustments, including making new friends and breaking out of loneliness and isolation. There is a support group that can help. For more information call the Information and Referral Center, 487-4716.
If you'd like to inquire about, or volunteer for, any of the following requests, call the Voluntary Action Center of the Community Services Council, 212 W. 13th South, 486-2136.
Entertain at local care center.
Assist with recreational therapy activities.
Pick up food two to four times a month for local food pantry.
Help with large mailing in January.
Visit hospitals, correctional facilities, nursing homes during the holidays.
Play the piano from 11:30-12:30 at care center. Flexible days.
Tap resources in the community and generate donations for abused and abandoned children. Once or twice a week.
Take phones calls concerning animals. Once a week in your home.
Over 60? Be a senior companion.
Tutor school-age children.
Befriend young mothers. 5-10 hours a month.
Bilingual? Work one-on-one with students. Training. Flexible schedule.
Conduct Bible study class at care center. Saturdays about 10 a.m.
Volunteer in hospital.
Barber needed for one-time haircut.
Adopt a care center resident who has no family for Christmas.
Be a volunteer receptionist.
Organize a new office. Full-time for about a month.
Help with phone work and basic office duties for group that benefits orphans in Romania.
Help with office tasks. Training. Flexible schedule, four hours a week.
Work in baby room in day-care center. One-three hours times a week for four hours.
Be an on-call receptionist. About two hours a week.
Donate sewing machine.
Provide candy for holidays.
Donate ribbons, lace, candles for senior center crafts.
Give an overhead projector.
Provide books, especially educational.
Donate batting and any arts and crafts supplies.
Give a dictionary, thesaurus and complete encyclopedia set to detention center.
Provide good new or used toys.
Donate sewing supplies, magazines and books.
Provide a refrigerator of any size in working condition to MS patient.
Give small gift items for nursing home residents.
Donate yarn for support group proj-ects.
Provide lights for Christmas trees at detention center.
Give baby items for adolescent parenting program.
Donate live or silk plants.
Provide quilts or blankets for twin-size beds at detention center.