NBFA Volunteer Spotlight: Karen Crowther

Our first profile is on Karen Crowther who has volunteered at NBFA for the past year through our mentoring program.   


In 2017, Karen wanted to return to volunteering last having done so with Junior Achievement some years back. Now with two grown children of her own, she looked at the volunteer board at People’s United Bank, where she has worked for 25 years to see what was out there. That is when she came across NBFA.  

People’s United Bank has been a community partner with NBFA for several years. Our school has benefitted greatly from People’s efforts to encourage their employees to get involved with impactful local volunteer efforts like mentoring students or reading to classrooms. Over 20 volunteers have come to NBFA through People’s in the past two years alone.

She began mentoring Ciana in January of 2018 when she was in the third grade. The two will color, play board games, but mostly talk about life – both the heavy and the light. 

Asked why she likes volunteering at NBFA, Karen said it “makes her feel good” and that she has loved to watch Ciana mature over the past year. 

“She’s a really smart kid,” she said. “I often leave with a big smile.” 

When not at work or making sure all is ok with her two daughters – one of which attends James Madison University with the other headed there next year – Karen and her husband enjoy boating. 

Thank you, Karen, for bringing so much joy to the halls of NBFA.

We are always looking for new mentors/volunteers! If you are interested in getting involved contact Audrey Nefores at anefores@nbfademy.org or 203-610-6267.