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Volunteering to help with youth keeps retiree relevant

Helper Steve Cline worked 34 years at Hewlett Packard
By: Laura Albright Journal Correspondent
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After nine years volunteering at Boys and Girls Club of Auburn, Steve Cline isn’t ready to hang it up any time soon. After retiring from Hewlett Packard in 2002, Cline sought the chance to give back. Cline worked for HP for 34 years, and prior to 1987 that work was research and development with other engineers in Mexico. “After we moved to Auburn in 1987 from Mexico I’d heard that Boys and Girls Club was looking for Spanish speaking volunteers. I took a tour and saw the need, and I knew I could help fill it.” At E.V Cain the last three years, Cline began his time with Boys and Girls Club at Rock Creek. “The success stories keep me coming back,” Cline said. “At Rock Creek a fourth grade girl was struggling with reading.” Cline, other volunteers and staff worked with her daily during “Power Hour,” the creative homework time designated right after school. “A year later I went to hear her read and she read beautifully. She’d won a writing contest and as a reward spent a day with the Sacramento Kings.” “Being an adult role model is most important. Kids need adult role models. And they need someone to motivate them to do their homework. Someone that shows up year after year,” Cline said. Joey Woods, eighth grader at E.V. Cain has known Cline since he was in first grade at the Rock Creek Boys and Girls Club. “He helps me with mainly my math homework and some history,” Woods said. Katie Lewis, director of the E.V. Cain Boys and Girls club location lights up when asked about Cline. “In my position I look forward to Steve coming. The kids save questions for him because they look forward to working with him, too. He gives 110 percent to the kids,” Lewis said. Cline responds with his vision for local youth. “The big picture – I believe that Boys and Girls Club of Auburn is an incredible asset to our greater Auburn community,” Cline said. He returns year after year because, “I want to be a small part of the program’s youth development value and getting the young people hooked on life, one student at a time,” Cline said. “I develop a friendship with the students, one of mutual respect. Sometimes they even ask me to sign their yearbooks…and they think my iPhone is pretty cool, too.”