Watch Judy Strand talk Experience Corps, an MFS and AARP program that pairs older adult volunteers with children in need of a reading tutor.

“There’s a bit of magic that comes with the inter-generational connection.”

Our very own Judy Strand lights up the KATU studio sharing information about MFS AARP Experience Corps on the TV program AM Northwest. Judy hopes the segment will inspire honored citizens to volunteer and make lasting change in a young child’s life.



MFS gratefully acknowledges AARP Oregon who arranged the television interview.  AARP Oregon is dedicated to keeping Oregonians informed, engaged and active.

In the Interview
“MFS Experience Corps goes into the schools to connect with the kids there that don’t have enough adult support. We prepare a team of people 50 and older who care about kids and have an interest in helping kids read. Our volunteers go into the school and do individual mentoring and tutoring so that the child can hit the third grade benchmark”.Judy also fondly relates the story of famous mentor Grandma Cherry Hendricks. Volunteering into her nineties at Woodlawn Elementary, she was a strong role model for children. Years later, Judy met a young man going to college who honored her on stage owing his academic success to Grandma Cherry Hendricks. Her humble response was simply, “I’m just doing what’s normal.”