• Springtime is for Volunteering!.....  Actually, anytime is for volunteering.

    With schools now beginning to open, we still continue to manage many of the same volunteer opportunities that we have always offered.  Most, however, until further notice, remain virtual.  Since the end of March 2020, the primary focus for this department was in two areas:

    1. Food for Students (FFS)
    2. Virtual Tutors


    Food for Students

    The FFS program, with the help of hundreds of community volunteers, has distributed more than 1,000,000 meals!  Without the help of volunteers and staff, we would not have been able to feed children while the school buildings were closed. Our volunteers have been instrumental in the success of the food program, and our plan is to continue the process until next fall.  Currently, we are distributing food boxes on Wednesdays, only.  The boxes will include a 5-7 day supply of meals.  As we transition into summer, the plan will be to continue with weekly boxes.  If you are interested in covering any of the food sites, both now and this summer, please email the volunteer department.

    Virtual Tutors

    The Virtual Volunteer Tutoring Program is a new addition to the Volunteer Department. While volunteers are still unable to meet with students or go inside the schools, they can sign up to be a virtual tutor.  The process is as follows:

    • Teachers create a request for Virtual Volunteer tutors.
    • Volunteers can review the tutor needs and then register as a Virtual Tutor based on the teachers' requests.

    Please take a few minutes to review our website and follow the process to be a CHCCS Virtual Volunteer.  We look forward to working with each of you, and thank you for your willingness to serve the CHCCS community.  If you have any questions, please email us at volunteer@chccs.k12.nc.us.  Please be safe and healthy.

    Thank you,

    The CHCCS Volunteers & Partners Department

For Teachers:

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For Volunteers:

  • How to Become a Virtual Volunteer

Volunteer Spotlight

  • Volunteer of the Week - Haley Edwards

    Posted by Jenny Walters on 6/15/2021 12:00:00 PM

    Haley and Sebastian

    Like many UNC students, Haley Edwards started volunteering with School Reading Partners as part of a service-learning requirement for her Spanish class.  Typically, many college students only volunteer for one semester.  However, Haley decided to volunteer for the entire year.  When she got ready to tell her students goodbye around Thanksgiving, one of the students got so sad that Haley said “oh no, I can’t do this.”  She decided that she wanted to keep working with them in the Spring if she could.  Luckily for Haley and her students, it worked out!

    As with many things in the world, School Reading Partners had to take place virtually this school year.  This change brought many new challenges for the program, but Haley really enjoyed the increased flexibility of reading virtually, as well as getting to cut out transportation time.  She noted that “sometimes, they’re just worn out.  I can see it.  And I’m like, ‘ok, we’ll make this a shorter one today.’  And it’s not like I ‘wasted my time’ so to speak coming all the way over there if it’s just a rough day for them.”  

    Conversely, if sessions are going well and they have the time, Haley has been able to spend longer with the students.  She and her student, Sebastian, were reading a chapter book together.  They were close to the end of the book and since it was an asynchronous learning day, they were able to extend their session by 15 minutes to finish the book.  

    Cate's card to HaleyOne of the hardest parts of volunteering virtually has been not being able to interact with the students in person.  Despite only interacting on screens, Haley made connections with both of her students, so it was difficult to never get to see them in person.  In a normal year, School Reading Partner volunteers get to give their students a book at the end of the semester to commemorate their time together.  With the pandemic, that wasn’t possible.  Fortunately, Haley and her student, Cate, found a way around this by making each other cards and sending pictures of the cards to each other.  

    Haley's card to CateAnother unique aspect of Virtual School Reading Partners has been that volunteers have needed to interact with parents.  Normally, volunteers interact with teachers and school site managers, but since the students were at home, they had to coordinate with the parents.  Both Sebastian's and Cate’s parents said that Haley was a Godsend.  Sebastian’s mom remarked “I’m really thankful for Haley. Juggling pandemic life wasn’t easy and having Haley support Sebastian’s reading was really critical to his success. She made it fun and his reading skills greatly improved because of the one-on-one attention.”  Cate’s mom echoed these sentiments, commenting “Our daughter's love of reading, as well as her reading fluency, grew as a result of the program.  We are big fans!”

    Haley graduated from UNC this past May and has moved back to her home state of Texas to start a job as a Medical Assistant.  She hopes to apply to a Physician’s Assistant program in the future.  She will miss Sebastian, Cate, and their families, but is so grateful to have spent this past year getting to build relationships with them and helping them learn to love reading.

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