Generations Incorporated Staff
Phil Waters, Recruitment Specialist
The threads of service and education have been woven throughout my entire life. As a native of New York City and an only child, education, a strong work ethic and service to your community was instilled early in my life.
My parents migrated from the South to New York City in the 1940s to find a better way of life. Having little education themselves, they always encouraged me to do well in school and serve in our local Church. The Church is where I was mentored, guided and supported.
My parents also encouraged me early to go to college and to find a way to pay for it as they were unable to afford it. I found that opportunity as an employee of Verizon (formerly New York Telephone). The company provided great benefits. Paying for education was one of them.
In the 1960s I was among the first wave of African American employees hired. After a few years I relocated to the Boston area transferring to Verizon. I took a number of college courses gradually progressing through the ranks from mail clerk to a number of management positions in Human Resources and Purchasing. I wanted my daughter to know the importance of education as a path to success so I finally completed my Bachelor’s/Master’s degree and retired all in the same year.
After retiring from Verizon, my desire to work in higher education and my passion to work with adult learners led me to a second career as a Recruiter for Lesley University where I provided support to prospective students. During those years I also served in several churches in the Boston area singing in various gospel choirs.
My eagerness to serve my community and a new interest in educating children led me to Generations Incorporated after my second retirement. A friend mentioned that she was serving as a tutor in Boston Public Schools. The concept of uniting an older adult with a child to provide literacy tutoring was just the kind of volunteer program I was looking for. As I began serving at the MLK School I began to really understand how much the children needed our support to increase their reading level. It’s great to be needed.
It’s great to serve!
My time as a tutor led me to observe the need for having professional, patient and committed volunteers working with our students. As Team Leader I had the opportunity to serve with a wonderful group of Volunteers with many of these qualities.
Having great volunteers is the backbone of Generations Incorporated. Without strong volunteers the organization would falter. Given my professional background, I am proud to say that I am now on the GI staff, working with the recruitment team where I can be even more helpful to the organization.