Doreen Lopes-Smith commits to her KeyPals. For 14 years, Doreen has reached out to students through the CSV program that pairs adults with middle school students via e-mail sharing around writing and computer skills. In 2011, CSV honored Doreen with its Mack I. Davis II Award, which honors exceptional volunteers.
While working at the Office of Leadership Giving at MIT, Doreen has assisted students with many assignments including English grammar, communication skills, and reading. Doreen remembers one particular student who was “so, so, so smart” and used to e-mail her up to three times per day regarding her student assignments. Doreen says the student was very focused on her schoolwork and even took weekend classes. The student appreciated Doreen’s encouragement and thought that “e-mail was the best thing” because it allowed her tutor to be completely accessible. At the end of the year, the student told Doreen that they had exchanged over 5000 e-mails. “I thought it was so cute,” Doreen says, “that she kept and counted all our e-mail exchanges.” (Read more about Doreen on our Blog