Every back-to-school season brings with it a fresh crop of new volunteer opportunities in classroom teaching, tutoring, and student mentoring. Teaching is one of the most in-demand volunteer opportunities globally, but you may be surprised to hear that you don’t need to travel far if you want to make a difference.
There are plenty of nonprofits in your backyard, with volunteer coordinators trying to find you! At Fairfield County-based Volunteersquare.com, we have more than 34 nonprofit agencies dedicated to education and literacy, many of which have multiple volunteer opportunities live right now related to teaching and tutoring.
If you’re comfortable with young children, Family Centers in Greenwich is looking for volunteers for its reading program. If you’d prefer to get involved with after-school programs, Girls Incorporated needs program facilitators.
Even if you aren’t comfortable with kids, there are opportunities for adult tutoring available. Neighbors Link Stamford just recently posted an opening for English as a second language tutors for adults.
Most of these agencies don’t require dedicated teaching backgrounds. In fact, most working teachers can’t volunteer during the day when classroom volunteers are needed most. All you need is an interest in making a difference, patience, and a certain amount of time per week.
Nonprofit agencies are flexible with hours and understand that people volunteer on top of full time work or . What may seem like a nominal amount of time per week for you can make a huge difference to Domus Kids or Inspirica.
The best part is all of these agencies are ready for you right now! Junior Achievement of Southwestern Connecticut, for example, is currently looking for classroom volunteers.
JA provides the training, curriculum, and a resource kit with a teaching guide and learning materials. All of these agencies provide you with your roadmap to volunteer success in the classroom and they’re ready to support you every step of the way.
If you have an interest in education, there isn’t a better time to start helping an agency that needs your support. Whether you plan on getting a masters’ degree in education or you just want to make a difference but don’t know where to start, teaching and tutoring is one of the most rewarding ways to make a difference. You may even see your current volunteer student be a valedictorian someday.
If teaching isn’t your thing, as always, visit VolunteerSquare.com for a free look at other opportunities that may work for you here in Fairfield County.