Welcome Baby is a program of Durham County Cooperative Extension, delivering education and resources to families that are expecting and/or have children under five years of age (not yet in kindergarten). We offer positive parenting classes, car seat safety classes, and a Giving Closet. Chi Chi Zhu began volunteering as a childcare helper for a service-learning course during her senior year at UNC-Chapel Hill, while multi-tasking as a busy pre-med student and working part-time at an emergency room.
She has been a model of the utmost patience and care for the infants and children while their parents shop, reading to them, engaging them in play, and consoling them when they are fussy or crying. Many of the children, who enter the childcare room crying, have left happy and smiling after encountering Chi Chi and her kind, youthful, and fun-loving spirit. After finishing her 30 course-required hours, she continued volunteering during the remainder of her last semester and returned after graduation. Her time given is valued at more than $2,000, and she has helped care for nearly 500 children.