Although many volunteer opportunities are available through individual schools, some efforts have a districtwide focus and are linked to specific programs to which the Volunteer Talent Center (VTC) and the district are committed.
All volunteers select the task, the time, and the site where they want to work. Depending on the activity, volunteers can commit for a day, week, month, or the entire school year. (The preferred commitment for tutors and mentors is a minimum of 30 minutes to an hour weekly throughout the school year.) While most volunteer activities do not require special skills, all efforts do require patience, flexibility, and a positive attitude.
All volunteers must complete a background check form annually, and it must be processed before they can volunteer.
Benefits from volunteering include the following:
- Being able to make a difference in the lives of young people
- Having opportunities to become a positive role model
- Sharing personal knowledge, expertise, and experience with young people and adults
- Making new friends
- Extending longevity and life satisfaction