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Church Hill Activities and Tutoring (CHAT)Community Development;Education - Youth;Youth; Dr. Hayter Approved

Contact: Emiline Lyell, Tutoring Site Leader

Address: 3015 N Street, Richmond, VA 23223
Phone:
 (804) 644-0518
Fax:
not available

Email: emiline.lyell@chatrichmond.org

Web Site: www.chatrichmond.org

Site Synopsis:
CHAT is a Christian community development organization providing after school activities and a private pre-school and high school for students in the Church Hill neighborhood of Richmond. Church Hill Activities and tutoring serves the youth of the east end of Richmond, and equips them with the heart, head, and hands to make transformative life decisions. 


Prerequisites:
Will need to complete a background check and site orientation. Choose one orientation date: 9/11, 9/12, 9/13. All orientations will be in the Rez house (3015 N Street), from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Special Skills/Abilities Needed: none

Site Activities:

  • Afterschool program sessions center around homework help and mentoring through games and activities. Additional elements may include math or literacy enrichment. 
  • Afterschool sessions may also include life skills activities such as music, art, crafts, sewing, woodworking, dance, cooking, basketball, science experiments and an outdoor club among others. 
  • Afterschool programs serve youth from K-12th grade at several different sites, divided by age.

Volunteer Hours:

  • Afterschool programs are held Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4-6pm. We are looking to add a Thursday option as well sometime this Fall. 

Other Considerations:  CHAT can accept up to 3 justice students per site, per night. We are hoping to open 5 sites, which would mean a  max of 15 students/night. 

Commonwealth Catholic Charities (CCC) - Resettlement Services/Education ServicesCommunity Development;Education - Youth;Youth

Contact: Alexina Portyrata, Education Specialist

Address: 1601 Rolling Hills Drive, Richmond, VA 23229-5011

Phone: 804-545-6294 (office), 804-712-2334 (cell)

Fax: 804-285-9130

Email: Alexina.portyrata@cccofva.org

Website: http://cccofva.org/services/resettlement-services/education-services/

Site Synopsis: Commonwealth Catholic Charities (CCC) has worked to alleviate human suffering and restore hope, dignity and opportunities of Virginia’s residents since 1923.  The mission of Commonwealth Catholic Charities is to provide quality, compassionate human services to all people, especially the most vulnerable, regardless of faith.  The vision of Commonwealth Catholic Charities is to empower individuals, strengthen families, and build communities through faith and service. In particular, Education Services helps refugees and immigrants improve their conversational English (ESL) and deepen their understanding of American culture. They offer classroom teaching and one-on-one tutoring. Their teachers, tutors, and mentors are volunteers whom they support through ongoing training and assistance.

Prerequisites: You will need to complete an online application to volunteer with CCC. On this application, please indicate you are a University of Richmond Justice & Civil Society student so that your application may take priority. There is a 3 stage training process to help prepare volunteers to tutor or teach. A background check paid for by CCC, will be required. 

If you wish to volunteer with CCC you need to attend an orientation on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

Special Skills/Abilities Needed: The ability to speak a foreign language is helpful but not required to enroll as a volunteer. Spanish and Arabic, in particular, are helpful.

Site Activities:

  • Education Volunteer - Assist clients in learning the English language, life and job skills, computer skills, and/or other subjects as a teacher, helper, or tutor. 
  • Refugee Transitions Volunteer - Assist clients with transitioning to their new life in the U.S. by setting up an apartment, helping with school enrollment, helping refugees find gainful employment, tutoring, and/or providing assistance to Resettlement case workers.  

Volunteer Hours: Any day Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ideally for a 4 hour block of time.

Other Considerations: 

  • Business casual attire. Patience working with low literacy adults and cultural awareness to aid serving an international clientele is encouraged.
  • Possession of a car is not necessary to volunteer with CCC, but having a car will enable a volunteer to assist with more activities.
CrossOver Healthcare MinistryHealth

Contact: Molly Smith, Volunteer Program Manager
Address: Two clinic locations

  • Downtown Clinic: 108 Cowardin Ave., Richmond, VA 23224
  • West End Clinic: 8600 Quioccasin Rd., Suite 105, Richmond, VA 23229

Phone:  (804) 422-2600 x119
Fax: (804) 422-2604
Email: msmith@crossoverministry.org
Web Site: http://crossoverministry.org/

Site Synopsis:
  CrossOver Healthcare Ministry provides quality and compassionate health care to the uninsured in the greater Richmond Metropolitan area. Their mission is to provide health care, promote wellness, and connect the talents and resources of the community with people in need in the name of Jesus Christ.

Prerequisites:
All volunteers must attend a mandatory site orientation before beginning their service. All volunteers must also attend a mandatory electronic health record training session before beginning their service. (Dates and times to be announced.)

Please complete a volunteer application at http://www.crossoverministry.org/index.php/volunteer/.  Molly Smith will contact your with a link to training dates and scheduling.
 
Special Skills/Abilities Needed:
  Volunteers should be at least third-year language students if serving as interpreters.  All volunteers working with Cross Over need to exhibit a level of professionalism in the clinic.

 
Site Activities:

  • Provide patient check-in, registration, and scheduling
  • Serve as interpreter for Spanish/Arabic/Portuguese-speaking patients

Volunteer Hours: Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or 1:00 pm - 5:00 p.m.  This site is looking for volunteers to work a full shift. Shifts are filled on a first come first serve basis. 


Other Considerations:
Due to patient-doctor privacy constraints, volunteers may not shadow the doctors in the examining rooms; exceptions can be made in cases where the patient requests an interpreter.

Elkhardt-Thompson Middle SchoolEducation - Youth; Youth; Dr. Williamson Approved

Elkhardt-Thompson Middle School

Contact: Hector Martinez, Elkhardt-Thompson Site Coordinator, Communities In Schools of Richmond
Address: 7825 Forest Hill Ave. Richmond, VA 23225
Phone(804) 714-4755
Email: hmartinez@cisofrichmond.org
Web Sitehttps://www.rvaschools.net/Domain/28

Site Synopsis: Elkhardt-Thompson is a public middle school (grades 6-8) located on Richmond’s Southside. 

Elkhardt-Thompson Middle School is found in the Chippenham Village neighborhood and serves students from an array of communities throughout Richmond’s Southside. Elkhardt-Thompson has an enrollment of over 900 students, many of whom live below the poverty line and susceptible to high risk behaviors. In addition, Elkhardt-Thompson is home to a significant number of ESL students who face additional challenges as a result of language barriers. 

Prerequisites:  All students must successfully complete a background check.  Students must attend a mandatory orientation for Richmond Public Schools  scheduled for Thursday, September 14th, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Weinstein Hall - Brown Alley Room, where you will be asked to complete a criminal-background-check form.

Site Activities:  Provide hands-on interactive activities for students (approximately 25 per day) participating in the after schools CIS mentoring program. Activities should be minimally sedentary and involve some level of physicality.  Activities can be developed by students in collaboration with the CIS Site Coordinator.  

Volunteer Hours:

   •     Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00PM - 5:00PM

Other Considerations: Please wear appropriate attire for the activities and be mindful that you are working with children. No revealing or inappropriate attire.

Goodwill Northside Community Employment CenterEducation - Adult;Community Development

Goodwill Northside Community Employment Center serves the Highland Park neighborhood in Northside Richmond.

To Volunteer at Goodwill Northside: CLICK HERE 
 
Web Site: http://goodwillvirginia.org/services/community-employment-centers/

Site Synopsis
: Goodwill Industries serving Central Virginia and Hampton Roads is part of a network of 165 community-based, autonomous member organizations in the United States and Canada that offer education, training, and job-placement services to people with obstacles to employment. The Goodwill Northside Community Employment Center is one of three Richmond-area Goodwill community-employment centers equipped with computers for job search, resume preparation, application completion and community resource information, as well as fax machines and phones for making job-related calls. E-mail accounts are available for individuals who are homeless or without a computer.

Prerequisites
: Students must complete a criminal-background check administered by Goodwill before beginning their volunteering.  First-time volunteers at the Goodwill Northside Community Employment Center must attend the mandatory site-specific orientation from 10:30-12:30 p.m., Friday, September 15th at Goodwill.  Registration for Fall semester 2017 will open the first week of fall-semester classes and close at 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 20, or when the site reaches volunteer capacity--whichever comes first. 

Special Skills/Abilities Needed
: none

Site Activities
: Duties may include manning the customer-service desk, assisting customers with internet job searches, resume preparation, mock interviews, job applications, and computer use. Volunteers may also assist with or conduct workshops on financial literacy or computer literacy.

Volunteer Hours: Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. This site can accommodate only one volunteer during a given time period and has the greatest need for volunteers during the morning hours.  Volunteers who work in the afternoon will most likely be doing administrative work rather than working directly with clients, so Justice students need to complete their service hours in the morning.

Other Considerations: Goodwill follows a business-casual dress code. Volunteers should wear pants (not jeans) and a collared shirt or a knee-length skirt or dress. Female volunteers should follow the neck-to-knee rule: no skin showing from the neck to the knee (no spaghetti straps, midriffs, or short skirts).

Henderson Middle SchoolEducation - Youth;Youth; Dr. Williamson Approved

Henderson Middle School serves students from several neighborhood in the city's Northside.

To Volunteer at Henderson Middle School: CLICK HERE 
 
Web Site: http://newweb.richmond.k12.va.us/schools/middle/henderson.aspx

Site Synopsis: Henderson Middle School is a public middle school (grades 6-8) that focuses on the Highland Park neighborhood in Northside Richmond. This school serves students from several neighborhoods, including Highland Park, Battery Park, and Ginter Park.  More than 90 percent of the approximately 600 students enrolled at Henderson qualify for free or reduced lunches, a clear indicator of poverty.

Prerequisites: Students must attend a mandatory orientation for Richmond Public Schools  scheduled for Thursday, September 14th, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Brown Alley Room,Weinstein Hall, where you will be asked to complete a criminal-background-check form.  Before serving Henderson, all volunteers must register with the RPS Raptor system.  They should log into the Raptor console located in the school's front office every time they volunteer.  This will be explained during the orientation session.

Site Activities:

  • Study Hall Assistant: Help middle school students with homework during their after-school study-hall period
  • Serve as a translator/mentor to an immigrant child who is learning English as a second language (8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., Monday through Friday)
  • Mentor: Register to be an AMP! Metro Richmond mentor on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 12-1 p.m. This is a two-semester commitment, as AMP! mentors work one-on-one with the same middle school student for the entire academic year. This mentoring program is relational, not academic, in nature.

Other Considerations: Nice pants or jeans (clean, no holes) that fasten around the waist and knee-length skirts and dresses are acceptable.  No shorts, hats, baseball caps, or flip-flops.  No t-shirts with inappropriate messaging (images of beer, slang, etc.)  Female volunteers should observe the neck-to-knee rule: no skin showing from neck to the knee.

Higher Achievement - Boushall Achievment CenterEducation - Youth;Youth; Dr. Hayter Approved

Higher Achievement-Boushall Achievement Center is an initiative of the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement which strives to increase the percentage of Virginia high school students pursuing a college education through a partnership between the University of Richmond and high schools in local public school districts.

To Volunteer at Higher Achievement- Boushall Achievement Center: CLICK HERE


Web Site: http://www.higherachievement.org

Site Synopsis: Higher Achievement’s rigorous afterschool and summer academic program gives youth from at-risk communities their best opportunity to succeed in middle school — and in life. Their research-based program challenges middle school students to meet their full potential in three key areas: academics, social skills, and leadership. On average, 95% of Higher Achievement scholars who complete the program advance to top academic high schools and 93% advance to college. Higher Achievement currently operates achievement centers in Washington, DC, Alexandria, VA, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Richmond. 

Higher Achievement closes a persistent achievement gap for middle school students in underserved communities by providing rigorous afterschool and summer academic training within a culture of high expectations. This fall, they will begin their third Afterschool Academy year with 165 scholars from the Northside and Southside neighborhoods of Richmond.  

Higher Achievement is recruiting volunteer Academic Mentors to teach small groups of 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders in a core academic subject: math, literature, or an elective seminar.

Approximately 15% of the Scholars at Higher Achievement-Boushall Achievement Center are Spanish speaking.

Prerequisites:  Registration will open on the first day of classes. Once registration is complete, you will be contacted by a member of the CCE’s Student Engagement Team with information about an upcoming orientation and any additional next steps.

Special Skills/Abilities Needed: Higher Achievement-Richmond requires all new mentors to complete a two hour training.  

Site Activities and Volunteer Hours:

  • Study Hall Aides are needed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 3:30p.m.-5:30p.m.
  • Mentors for the Higher Achievement Program are needed from 5:30p.m.-7:30p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Mentors present lessons on seminar topics, literature, or math from the Higher Achievement curriculum to teaching groups of three or fewer students. Higher Achievement encourages volunteers to make a two-semester commitment. Mentors are needed in Math and Literature. 

Other Considerations: No t-shirts with inappropriate messaging (images of beer, slang, etc.). Female volunteers should observe the neck-to-knee rule: No skin showing from the neck to the knee.  College mentors should feel free to wear appropriate University of Richmond gear. In accordance with Richmond Public School dress code, no hats, caps, scarves, sweatbands, or headcovers, except when for religious beliefs or school-sponsored programs.

Higher Achievement - Henderson Achievement CenterEducation - Youth;Youth; Dr. Hayter Approved

Higher Achievement at Henderson Achievment Center is an initiative of the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement which strives to increase the percentage of Virginia high school students pursuing a college education through a partnership between the University of Richmond and high schools in local public school districts.

To Volunteer at Higher Achievement - Henderson Achievement Center: CLICK HERE


Web Site:
http://www.higherachievement.org

Site Synopsis:  Higher Achievement’s rigorous afterschool and summer academic program gives youth from at-risk communities their best opportunity to succeed in middle school — and in life. Their research-based program challenges middle school students to meet their full potential in three key areas: academics, social skills, and leadership. On average, 95% of Higher Achievement scholars who complete the program advance to top academic high schools and 93% advance to college. Higher Achievement currently operates achievement centers in Washington, DC, Alexandria, VA, Baltimore, Pittsburg and Richmond. 

Higher Achievement closes a persistent achievement gap for middle school students in underserved communities by providing rigorous afterschool and summer academic training within a culture of high expectations. This fall, they will begin their third Afterschool Academy year with 165 scholars from the Northside and Southside neighborhoods of Richmond.  

Higher Achievement is recruiting volunteer Academic Mentors to teach small groups of 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders in a core academic subject: math, literature, or an elective seminar. 

Prerequisites:  Registration will open on the first day of classes. Once registration is complete, you will be contacted by a member of the CCE’s Student Engagement Team with information about an upcoming orientation and any additional next steps.


Special Skills/Abilities Needed:
  Higher Achievement-Richmond requires all new mentors to complete a two hour training.

Site Activities Volunteer Hours:

  • Study Hall Aides are needed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 3:30p.m.-5:30p.m.
  • Mentors for the Higher Achievement Program are needed from 5:30p.m.-7:30p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Mentors present lessons on seminar topics, literature, or math from the Higher Achievement curriculum to teaching groups of three or fewer students. Higher Achievement encourages volunteers to make a two-semester commitment. Mentors are needed in Math and Literature. 

Other Considerations: No t-shirts with inappropriate messaging (images of beer, slang, etc.). Female volunteers should observe the neck-to-knee rule: No skin showing from the neck to the knee.  College mentors should feel free to wear appropriate University of Richmond gear. In accordance with Richmond Public School dress code, no hats, caps, scarves, sweatbands, or headcovers, except when for religious beliefs or school-sponsored programs.

Huguenot High SchoolEducation - Youth;Youth; Dr. Williamson Approved

Huguenot High School is an initiative of the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement which strives to increase the percentage of Virginia high school students pursuing a college education through a partnership between the University of Richmond and high schools in local public school districts.


To Volunteer at Huguenot High School: CLICK HERE


Web Site:
http://web.richmond.k12.va.us/hhs/Home.aspx

Site Synopsis:
Huguenot High School has been serving the historic and dynamic community of South Richmond since 1960.  The mission of Huguenot High School is to provide a high quality education that prepares, ensures, and empowers all students to achieve their full intellectual and social potential in order to become lifelong learners and productive members within a global society.

Prerequisites: Registration will open the first day of classes.  Before volunteering through Richmond Public Schools, all volunteers must complete the Richmond Public School's Volunteer Application.

Students must attend a mandatory orientation for Richmond Public Schools  scheduled for Thursday, September 14th, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Weinstein Hall - Brown Alley Room, where you will be asked to complete a criminal-background-check form.

Special Skills/Abilities Needed: For certain types of volunteer activities, language skills (particularly Spanish and Arabic) may be essential. Language skills are not required for all volunteer activities.

Site Activities:

  • ESL Classroom Support: Volunteers work with teachers at Huguenot High School to work with students in their classroom.  Volunteers are needed from 8a.m. and 2:45p.m. Times may vary slightly each week due to block scheduling. Volunteers who speak Spanish, French, Arabic, Burmese, and Portuguese are needed. 
  • Mentoring: Spanish speaking mentors are needed to work one-on-one with Spanish speaking high school students. Mentors would meet with their high school student for one hour per week, during the school day.
  • Future Center Volunteer: College mentors in this role will serve as office assistants to the community partners in the Future Center at John Marshall High School including college and scholarship searches in the computer lab, essay revision, and working one-on-one with students. They will also work with school counselors to do specific outreach to students. Volunteers are needed during the school day, Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.- 1p.m. Volunteers would ideally serve two hours per week.

Volunteer Hours:

  • Volunteers are needed from 8a.m. and 2:45p.m. Times may vary slightly each week due to block scheduling.
  • Translation/Interpretation - Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.

Other Considerations: No t-shirts with inappropriate messaging (images of beer, slang, etc.). Female volunteers should observe the neck-to-knee rule: No skin showing from the neck to the knee.  College mentors should feel free to wear appropriate University of Richmond gear. In accordance with Richmond Public School dress code, no hats, caps, scarves, sweatbands, or head covers, except when for religious beliefs or school-sponsored programs.

John Marshall High SchoolEducation - Youth; Dr. Williamson Approved

John Marshall High School is an initiative of the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement which strives to increase the percentage of Virginia high school students pursuing a college education through a partnership between the University of Richmond and high schools in local public school districts.

To Volunteer at John Marshall High School: CLICK HERE


Web Site:
http://newweb.richmond.k12.va.us/schools/high/marshall.aspx

Site Synopsis:
Volunteers who participate with the College Access Mentor program serve as classroom assistants for a college preparation course and one-on-one college mentors. This course is designed for juniors who are beginning to think about the college process and to allow these students to explore concepts including choosing a major or minor, resumes, essay writing, and financial aid. On weeks that the class does not meet, college mentors meet one-on-one with John Marshall High School students. Mentors may also serve as GRASP volunteers working one-on-one with high school students on college search, college application, and testing as well as helping the GRASP coordinator organize service projects.

Prerequisites: Registration will open on the first day of classes.Before volunteering through Richmond Public Schools, all volunteers must complete the Richmond Public School's Volunteer Application.

A mandatory orientation will take place on Thursday, September 14th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Weinstein Hall, Brown Alley Room,  where you will be asked to complete a criminal-background check form.

Special Skills/Abilities Needed: none

Site Activities: Mentors receive training in effective mentoring, as well as in helping students with these specific skills:

  • researching college options
  • understanding general financial aid availability
  • developing resumes
  • getting started on college essays
  • preparing for interviews
  • Participating in tours on the UR campus

Volunteer Hours: 

  • Mentors visit John Marshall Monday, Thursday, or Friday from 11:14 a.m.–12:47 p.m. during the class period. On weeks that mentors do not go to the site, they mentor the students in the class one-on-one or in small groups during the same time period.
  • Future Center Volunteer - Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
  • Literacy Mentor: 8am - 9:30am, 11:14am to 12:47pm, and 1:12pm - 2:45pm. 

NOTE: In order to use the College Access Mentor program to fulfill the community-based learning component of the Justice and Civil Society course, students will need to participate in two tutoring teams at John Marshall (i.e., at least two days per week). On weeks that mentors do not go to the site, they participate in training or tours on campus. Students may not count their time in mentor training (or other activities in which they do not interact directly with the population served) toward their required service hours for the Justice and Civil Society course.

Other Considerations: No t-shirts with inappropriate messaging (images of beer, slang, etc.). Female volunteers should observe the neck-to-knee rule: No skin showing from the neck to the knee.  College mentors should feel free to wear appropriate University of Richmond gear. In accordance with Richmond Public School dress code, no hats, caps, scarves, sweatbands, or head covers, except when for religious beliefs or school-sponsored programs. 

Overby-Sheppard Elementary SchoolEducation - Youth;Youth; Dr. Williamson Approved

Overby-Sheppard Elementary School focuses on the Highland Park neighborhood in Northside Richmond.  More than 90 percent of the approximately 450 students attending the school qualify for the free or reduced lunch program, a clear indicator of poverty.  In addition to the regular student population, Overby-Sheppard also hosts two preschool programs for four-year-olds: the Virginia Preschool Initiative and a federal Head Start program.

To Volunteer at Overby-Sheppard Elementary School: CLICK HERE


Web Site: http://newweb.richmond.k12.va.us/schools/elementary/overby.aspx

Site Synopsis: Overby-Sheppard is located in the Northside Richmond neighborhood of Highland Park and is a fully accredited public elementary school serving children in grades K through 5. The majority of students are African Americans and 90 percent of them qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches, a clear indicator that your help is needed.

Prerequisites: Students must attend a two-part mandatory site-specific orientation.  Part l : is on Thursday, September 14th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Weinstein Hall, Brown Alley Room, where you will be asked to complete a criminal-background-check form.   Students will have to register to attend Part ll and can choose one of the following dates: Tuesday, September 26th *OR* Wednesday, September 27th, 3:30-5:30 p.m., meet in the Transportation Hub. 

Registration for spring semester 2017 closes at 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 20th.

Before serving Overby-Sheppard, all volunteers must register with the RPS Raptor system.  They should log into the Raptor console located in the school's front office every time they volunteer.  This will be explained during the orientation session.

Special Skills/Abilities Needed: none

Site Activities:

  • Tutor children in math or reading throughout the school day, 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m., Monday-Friday.
  • Serving as classroom aides in elementary or special education classrooms (9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday-Friday)
  • Participating in the Lunch Buddy Mentoring Program during one or more of the 30-minute lunch periods that run from 10:55 a.m. - 1;10 p.m.

Volunteer Hours:

  • Typically volunteers are needed Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.


 

Other Considerations: Nice pants or jeans (clean, no holes) that fasten around the waist and knee-length skirts and dresses are accptable.  No shorts, hats, basebalcaps, or flip-flops.  No t-shirts with inappropriate messaging (images of beer, slang, etc.)  Female volunteers should observe the neck-to-knee rule: no skin showing from neck to the knee.

Peter Paul Development CenterCommunity Development;Elderly; Dr. Hayter Approved

Peter Paul Development Center serves as a collaborative resource that connects Richmond families to social and legal services through partnerships with community agencies and professional organizations.

To Volunteer at The Peter Paul Development Center: CLICK HERE


Web Site: http://peterpauldevcenter.org/

Site Synopsis: The Peter Paul Development Center (PPDC) is the oldest continually operating community center in Richmond's East End. PPDC's mission is to support the residents of the East End and educate its students, equipping them to serve as positive contributors to their family, community, and society.  The center offers programs for children ages 8 to 18, seniors and their families.

Prerequisites: New volunteers must complete a Volunteer Application, undergo a criminal background check administered by PPDC, and attend mandatory orientation session on Thursday, September 21st  at 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m..  Transportation is provided via university van and will leave the Transportation Hub at Tyler Haynes Commons promptly at 4:30 p.m. and return no later than 6:30 p.m.

Special Skills/Abilities Needed: none

Site Activities:

  • after-school tutoring, classroom assistance and recreational activities
  • food distribution twice monthly

Volunteer Hours:

  • Volunteers for tutoring, classroom assistance and recreational activities are typically needed from 3:30p.m. - 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Volunteers for the food distribution are needed on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 8 - 12:00 p.m.

Other Considerations: Comfortable clothing.  No t-shirts with inappropriate messaging (images of beer, slang, etc.). Female volunteers should observe the neck-to-knee rule: No skin showing from the neck to the knee.

ReEstablish RichmondCommunity Development;Housing and Homelessness

Contact: Kate Ayers, Director
Address: 2920 West Broad Street, Suite 246, Richmond, VA 23230 (Office)

Phone: (804) 723 - 6414

Fax: none
Email: kate@reestablishrichmond.org
Web Site:https://www.reestablishrichmond.org/

Site Synopsis: ReEstablish Richmond is a 501c3 charitable organization that was formed in 2010 to fill a void with initial refugee resettlement. ReEstablish Richmond’s mission is to aid in the successful resettlement of newly arrived refugees. They promote self-sufficiency for refugees through programs in transportation, volunteering, and community engagement.  They collaborate with resettlement agencies, residential property owners, educators, faith communities and other organizations to ensure that every refugee resettled in Richmond has the opportunity to establish roots and build community.

Volunteer Site: 

  • Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m.  4103 Monument Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230 

Prerequisites: Must be 18 years or older. Will need to complete a background check, volunteer orientation, and training.

Special Skills/Abilities Needed:
 Students should have some previous experience working with the international population or with those for whom English not their first language. Volunteers who are able to communicate in Arabic, Farsi, Kinyarwandi, Swahili, or Spanish are a plus.

Site Activities: Assist with childcare while parents are taking classes offered by ReEstablish or assist clients with one-on-one studying.

Other Considerations: none

 

RVA ReadsEducation, Childhood Literacy; Dr. Williamson Approved

Contact: Barbara Crump, RVA Reads Program Coordinator

Address: Mary Scott Preschool Center, 4011 Moss Side Ave., Richmond, VA 23222

Phone: 804-365-0009

Fax: none

Email:barbara.crump@richmondgov.com

Website:http://richmondvirginiamayor.blogspot.com/2015/11/rva-reads-committed-to-improving.html

 

Site Synopsis: The Richmond Public Library, the Office of Community Wealth Building and Richmond Public Schools (RPS) have partnered to create RVA Reads to improve literacy in the city by improving access to books in low income homes of preschool children. RVA Reads is designed to expand or create home libraries for three and four year olds, increase the time parents and children read together and engage children and families in library services.  The program provides one book a month to hundreds of pre-k children participating in the Virginia Preschool Initiative and Headstart program..

Prerequisites: Attend an RVA Reads orientation

Special Skills/Abilities Needed: ability to work well with children, and to follow directions

Site Activities:  Reading to preschool students at one of five preschool center locations. (Ms. Crump will provide you with the location of the preschool center depending on the date(s) you volunteer.)

Volunteer Hours: Read from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. on the following Wednesdays – October 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th; November 1st, 8th, and 15th; December 6th and 13th.

Other Considerations:  RVA Reads can accommodate 10 per reading at the five centers for Justice students in fall 2017.

Sacred Heart CenterEducation - Adult;Education - Youth;Health;Youth

Contact: Christina Manikus, Volunteer Coordinator

Address: 1400 Perry Street, Richmond, VA 23224

Phone: 804-230-4399 ext. 3

Fax: 804-231-7247

Email: christina_manikus@shcrichmond.org

Web Site: http://www.shcrichmond.org

 

Site Synopsis: Sacred Heart Center is a multipurpose social service hub focusing on the needs of the Latino immigrant communities in the greater Richmond area. Although primarily addressing the needs of adults through English as a Second Language, GED preparation in Spanish, and Latino Leadership Training, programs such as College Bound, Summer Camp, and Family Literacy address the needs of teens and younger children. Collaborative programs with Crossroads Ministry and Bon Secours Medical Centers provide health and wellness opportunities to the entire family.

 

Prerequisites:

  • English as a Second Language Program - Please contact Christina Manikus for volunteer opportunities with this program.
  • Spanish Literacy Program  - Please contact Christina Manikus for volunteer opportunities with this program.

Special Skills/Abilities Needed:

  • English as a Second Language Program  - no Spanish required; basic English as a Second Language teaching experience is helpful; willing to learn and help co-teachers prepare the lesson plans.  Teach at least once a week (Tuesday or Thursday), teachers arrive no later than 15 minutes early to prepare and stay at least 15mins afterwards to help plan for the next class.
  • Spanish Literacy Program - advanced or bilingual level of Spanish., extra points if you speak Mixteco. Teach at least once a week (Tuesday or Thursday) for a semester or at least an eight-month commitment for 1-1 tutoring.
  • Computer Lab Volunteer - Intermediate level of Spanish for morning; upper-intermediate for evening; facility with computers, may be required to help run updates.  Tuesdays/Thursdays during English classes.

 

Site Activities: 

  • English as a Second Language Program – Classes are Tuesday OR Thursday (see hours below).  There are 5 levels of English classes and we use the Ventures textbooks to help the students achieve their English speaking, listening, reading and writing goals.  The Sacred Heart  program uses the Immersion Method of only using English in the classroom in an interactive way to facilitate a level of comfort and confidence in their English speaking abilities. Their classes have lead  teachers, assistant teachers and conversationalists.
  • Spanish Literacy Program – Program meets Tuesday and Thursday (see hours below) or on a different schedule (1-1 tutoring, can be done any day of the week).  Plaza Comunitaria is a program with lessons developed by INEA of Mexico. Students have books based on their levels and can go at their own pace. Teachers are provided with online training,  guides and resources from their student’s module.
  • Computer Lab Volunteer –  ESL & Spanish Literacy classes use the computer lab in ½ shifts to enhance their studies in class. Students need help creating emails and accounts to educational websites. GED students are required to use the computer  lab 5 times during their semester as well as 15 hours of gedonline.org. GED students need help logging in and possible homework help in Math or Spanish language arts.

Volunteer Hours: 

  • ESL - English-speaking volunteers can serve as conversation partners on Tuesday or Thursday evenings from 6:15 to 8:45 p.m.

Other Considerations: Interest in learning about the fast-growing Latino, Spanish-speaking population in the City of Richmond.

Second Baptist Church ESL ProgramEducation - Adult

 

Contact: Delight Booker
Address: 9614 River Rd., Richmond, VA 23229
Phone:

  • Delight Booker: (804) 282-8014 or (804) 467-8978 [cell phone]
  • Church Office: (804) 740-7101

Fax: not available
Email:  dedebooker0102@gmail.com
Web Site: http://www.secondbaptistrichmond.org/

Site Synopsis: The ESL (English as a Second Language) program began at Second Baptist in September 1991. This ESL Program is well-attended by many students wishing to improve their English Skills. There are normally 60-80 students on Monday nights with Childcare and Homework assistance provided. The program meets many needs and is fluid in make-up. When they see an unmet need or someone struggling, they offer a solution. Often that means one-to-one instruction or a specific small group made up for those struggling. They need many volunteers in order to offer a program that meets everyone's needs. Their students are from many countries and offer a wonderful look at our world cultures.

Prerequisites:  Interests in international students, strong writing skills for the advanced class, and/or being with children.  Registration begins September 11th.

Special Skills Needed: English

Site Activities:

  • Assist teachers in class with reading, writing and pronunciation of English.
  • Serve as a conversation partner for someone who wants to practice and refine their English.
  • Work with children on Homework while their parents attend the ESL classes

Volunteer Hours:

  • Classes are held on Mondays from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. starting on Monday, September 18, 2017.

Other Considerations:

  • If you have ever had a desire to teach and/or work with people of different nationalities, this would be an ideal placement for you.
  • The commute to and from the site is approximately four miles from Boatwright Drive.
  • Assistants in the Childcare areas on Monday nights are always a need. We offer homework help for our school-age children and this involves one-on-one assistance.
  • You do not need to speak another language.
  • The staff is very supportive and flexible with our University students schedules.
Youth Life Foundation of RichmondCommunity Development;Youth; Dr. Hayter Approved

Youth Life Foundation of Richmond focuses on the Highland Park neighborhood in Northside Richmond.

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Web Site: http://www.ylfr.org

Site Synopsis:  The youth Life Foundation of Richmond offers after-school mentoring and tutoring as well as summer programs aimed at helping inner-city children and youth reach their academic and leadership potential.  It operates one learning center in the Southside and three learning centers in the Northside: two for elementary school children (one in the Delmont apartment complex in Henrico County and one in the Atlee Church Northminster campus located on Moss Side Avenue) and a "Remix" program for middle and high school youth (in the Atlee Church Northminster campus located on Moss Side Avenue).

Prerequisites: Students must attend a mandatory site-specific orientation session on Wednesday, September 13th, in Tyler Haynes Conference Room 348, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.  Youth Life volunteer registration for spring 2017 opens the first week of spring semester classes and closes at 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 20.  If you want to ride the complimentary Northside shuttle to any of the Youth Life learning centers, indicate this in your online registration.

Volunteers must also complete a criminal-background check form, which will be distributed during orientation.

Special Skills/Abilities Needed: none

Site Activities include but are not limited to:

  • Provide one-on-one mentoring and tutoring for elementary school children.
  • Provide one-on-one mentoring and tutoring for middle school and high school youth.
  • Lead elective sessions in things like dance, basketball, cooking, art and a cappella singing.
  • Experienced Youth Life mentors are invited to take on additional responsibilities as Youth Life volunteers. Ask about how you can assist with grant writing, college-application curriculum, or young-adult-literature curriculum.

Volunteer Hours include but are not limited to:

  • Volunteers providing academic tutoring for elementary school children are needed Monday through Thursday from 4:00-6:00 p.m. (Delmont Learning Center), and Monday and Tuesday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. (Northminster Children's Learning Center and Southwood Learning Center). 

Other Considerations: This site is ideal for volunteers who are very committed and prefer to work in a highly structured, organized setting.  Comfortable clothing. No t-shirts with inappropriate messaging (imaging of beer, slang, etc.). Female volunteers should observe the neck-to-knee rule: No skin showing from the neck to the knee.

Orientation Information

Most students enrolled in Justice & Civil Society will be required to attend a site-specific orientation or training session prior to beginning their service. See the Site Orientation Guide for details.

For transportation students must register with the Center for Civic Engagement no later than September 20th at 11:59 p.m.

Contact Us

Dr. Kerstin Soderlund
Assoc. Dean for Student & External Affairs
Room 123, Jepson Hall 
Office: (804) 287-6082
Fax: (804) 287-6062
E-mail: ksoderlu@richmond.edu