Meeting our Community's Needs - Neighbor to Neighbor

Julissa Amaro Mata

“I am glad to help PRC and other persons.”

As one of 2,000 volunteers at People’s Resource Center, Julissa Amaro Mata tutors and teaches computer skills to Spanish-speaking clients on Saturday mornings at St. Paul’s church in Wheaton. But during the week, she becomes a student, learning English with a PRC tutor and taking English classes at COD.

Julissa has been in Wheaton for a year, and has taken PRC English classes at Faith Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn. But volunteering has always been a part of her life.

“I like volunteering and tutoring,” she said.  “I like teaching another person because there is much that needs to be done in the world. I learn while I teach.”

Julissa learned the Microsoft Office programs at her job in Mexico, when she was a project manager at an oil company.  But even there, she shared her expertise with others, by teaching the janitor computer skills so she could get a better job.

At PRC, she told her original English tutor, Bob Sitze, that she wanted to volunteer when her English got better. “It was an incredible thing for her to do,” he recalled. “I told her she didn’t have to wait, there were computer classes in Spanish at St. Paul.”

On Saturday mornings, she teaches basic Microsoft Office as well as helps students with paragraph structure and simple grammar rules. She hopes her volunteering will give her added confidence so she can apply for a job.

 “I am glad to help PRC and other persons,” Julissa said. In the short time she has been here, she has taken PRC’s neighbor to neighbor philosophy to heart.