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Let’s Serve: Opportunities Available

There currently are several outreach programs offered through the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) that are seeking student volunteers and student workers. With the spring semester just around the corner, application deadlines are fast-approaching.

Two of the programs, America Reads and America Counts, need student worker tutors and volunteer tutors to help teach elementary and middle school students reading and math in local schools. In addition, there also are open spots for volunteers on upcoming Alternative Spring Break Programs, which will be held in March.

“All of the applications have been posted on the CCESL webpage for easier access,” says Jeremy Wattles, assistant director of CCESL. “Many students already have applied, but there are still more opportunities available.”

Currently, CCESL is offering several opportunities to volunteer in one of the Colleges’ Alternative Spring Break Programs. New trips this year include a Hurricane Sandy relief effort in New Jersey and assisting an afterschool program in the South Bronx of New York City with Professor of Sociology Jim Spates.

“The week-long service trip to the Bronx will be a unique experience for students,” Wattles says. “Having that opportunity to learn alongside Professor Spates will be very valuable, and we also hope that students form good relationships with the children.”

This year, the HWS Spring Break week is March 16-24 and, in addition to the trips to New Jersey and the Bronx, CCESL is offering several other trips. For information about all of this year’s spring break programs or to apply to be a volunteer, visit the CCESL webpage at: http://www.hws.edu/academics/service/alternative_breaks.aspx

While many students will join the Alternative Break Programs, Wattles says student workers and volunteers also are needed this coming semester in Geneva.

America Reads, a national program focused on improving the reading skills of elementary school students, currently has open paid Federal Work Study spots, as well as volunteer posts, for those interested in providing educational assistance to local first- through third-grade students. Applications for America Reads volunteers are due by Friday, Jan. 25.

America Counts, an initiative that strives to help middle school students improve their math proficiency, also is seeking Federal Work Study student workers and volunteers to work with the local program. In the America Counts program, HWS students will work on a regular basis with sixth to eighth graders at Geneva Middle School for the duration of the semester.

For more information about service programs or to access applications for America Reads and America Counts, visit CCESL online at: http://www.hws.edu/academics/service/volunteer_opportunities.aspx

In the photo above a Hobart student tutors a local elementary student as part of the America Reads program.

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