Thomas "TJ" Beasley, Sophomore at Challenger Early College High School, came from North Carolina to West Virginia to spend time with his Aunt Connie and Uncle Tom this summer. No one knew what an impact he would have on the REACH office when he came with Connie to volunteer! You see, TJ has a gift with computer technology. His understanding of information management moved the office into a new place in cyber world!
Databases were developed that provide immediate statistics for program reports regarding clients, volunteers, training classes, call logs, etc. He updated the software and researched programs that would suit our needs.
He worked on the REACH web site creating new tabs, adding slideshows and updating pages. A "Reporting" option on the website now allows information to securely be sent to and received from church facilitators working with the faith-based small groups.
For months we had been considering a cloud system. TJ got it up and running and transferred our email account over to work with it. He held training sessions with the staff and developed a user friendly guide book so we would know how to use it efficiently.
In addition, he familiarized himself with our online RightNowTraining program (soon available for REACH volunteers) and held training sessions explaining the software to the staff, REACH videographer, Tom Amos and Board Chairman, Mike Greider.
“It is impossible to put a value on the work TJ did for REACH,” said Coordinator, Alanna Garden, “He had a solution for everything we presented to him and he made improvements we didn’t know to ask for. He is an amazing young man and we are so happy he spent part of his summer with us.”
When asked why he volunteered so much during his five week stay he said, “Because of the staff. I really enjoyed working with them and they made me feel right at home.”
TJ continues to assist REACH from his home computer in NC and is looking forward to volunteering next summer when he has his driver’s license and he can drive Aunt Connie from Teays Valley to Huntington!