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Volunteers Needed to Serve in Local Schools!
September 15, 2021 - October 9, 2021Free
Last school year and this summer, around 110 volunteers representing 19 churches and 3 Christian organizations worked remotely with students in 3 afterschool programs and 14 schools in Boston, Cambridge, and Chelsea! It was so encouraging to see Christians across greater Boston step in to support students and teachers during a challenging season. Even though there were kinks to iron out, challenges to communication, and constant changes for teachers who had to handle hybrid teaching towards the end of the school year, volunteers were very understanding and patient. Teachers were also appreciative. All of our partners wanted to continue working with the BEC and our church partners this school year!
Would you consider mobilizing a team or sharing with church members the opportunity to support schools and students through volunteering as academic mentors? There is great interest for in-person volunteers for both schools and afterschool programs. But if remote tutoring is preferred, we also have opportunities for that to happen.
Contact: Ruth Wong at email@example.com
More Ways to Help
Boston Public Schools really appreciated our churches’ cloth mask donations last year. They have requested donations again. Apparently ours were better quality and schools gave feedback about how they liked our masks. If your church would like to donate cloth masks (can be purchased), see tiny.cc/LoveBostonmasks.
Lastly, the BEC is mobilizing churches to host clothing donation drives for Catie’s Closet, www.catiescloset.org. They serve many Boston schools as well as schools in the Merrimack Valley.
One teacher shared in our debrief meeting about the academic enrichment afterschool program that the school ran: Students were looking forward to tutors coming. The students who were tutored were more calm [in class] and knew what was going on. Students-made a big change in. Tutors showed that answers come from their effort. The tutors changed the way our students looked at success…They were always looking forward to meeting the tutors. Students valued meeting people from outside.
One teacher shared that the school year was very tough for her: It was a very difficult year from a teacher’s perspective…Knowing that I could come to class and have another set of hands/eyes to help my kids was such a relief. Some days I would just come from a meeting and felt destroyed but had to keep a happy face. The volunteers made the year so much better. I made two friends who are pretty amazing women and I hope to continue working with in the future.
One other teacher who received volunteers late in the year shared her appreciation during the debrief, but she also broke down in tears as she shared how difficult the year was for her personally (dealing with deaths and losses due to COVID).
- Ruth Wong
August 27 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm