HOMEWORK HOUSE VOLUNTEERS: Reaching Out, Giving Back, Making a Difference
“I look forward to coming to Homework House every week. The kids are always happy to see us and work with their tutors. There’s never a day with them that we don’t laugh while we learn. I’m so happy to use my teaching skills and watch their progress. Students & tutors are blessed to have Homework House!” ~ Bobby C.
What does a typical Homework House volunteer look like? Our volunteers are high school and college students. They’re police officers, nurses, teachers, lawyers, doctors, and retired seniors. They’re community members like you who want to give back and make a difference in a child’s life. The individual connection that our volunteer tutors make with the kids is crucial to helping them succeed. The positive role modeling, the caring support, the words of encouragement, the relationship that the tutors and the children develop over the year - these all have a profoundly positive impact on the children’s academic and social outcomes.
Each year, over 250 community members volunteer their time and resources to helping Homework House kids. Volunteer opportunities are available Monday through Friday during the school year and in our summer program. Do you have a special skill or talent that you’d like to share? We always need volunteers to help out with our Club Friday activities.
What does it take to be a Homework House volunteer? If you’re interested in volunteering you must complete a Volunteer Application form and undergo a reference and criminal records check. You can fill out our form online. Just click on the link to our application page.
BECOME A COMMONWEALTH CORPS SERVICE MEMBER!
We are pleased to announce that Homework House has been chosen to host three half-time Commonwealth Corps Service members. These three service positions will build Homework House’s capacity to better serve Holyoke’s children and families
One Corps member will serve as a Family/School Liaison to increase parent engagement and support a parent advisory council. The second Corps member will serve as Technology Education Specialist to build our capacity to serve the children through improved use of educational technology. The 3rd CC Member will serve as a Teen Volunteer Coordinator with the objective to significantly increase the number of teen volunteer tutors who are active in our program.
The mission of the Commonwealth Corps is to engage Massachusetts residents of all ages and backgrounds in service to strengthen communities, address unmet community needs, and increase volunteerism. Members will serve in a stipended half-time capacity from 8/15/17 - 6/30/2018. Benefits include a focus on member training and development, as well as a bi-weekly stipend, a completion award, an inspiring network of fellow members, and other supports.
Click HERE to see the full position descriptions outlining duties, responsibilities and skill requirements.
Accepted members will be required to undergo a criminal offender and sexual offender background check.
Homework House will recruit and select persons in all positions to ensure a diverse and inclusive climate without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, color, political affiliation, creed, national origin, marital status, or any other status as protected by federal, state, and local laws. Homework House welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities and will make reasonable accommodations for interviews and for service upon request.