Volunteer Opportunities

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Help a Child READ

Reading is one of the most critical skills that is often underdeveloped in children from diverse or low-income neighborhoods. And while it’s known that reading comprehension plays a huge role in every aspect of life – from youth all the way through adulthood – it frequently falls by the wayside.

What

Partner one-on-one with an elementary student to:

  • Focus on individual skills like phonics and vocabulary
  • Provide literacy assessments
  • Work on lesson plans
  • Give feedback on his/her progress

The Commitment

One to four (1 to 4) days a week

Where

Erie Elementary Charter School
Erie Neighborhood House

When

Monday through Thursday from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Ability to speak, read and write English  

For More Information

Learn more about the READS program contact Dan Adams, Reading specialist

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Homework Help

Dedicating yourself to an Erie student doesn’t necessarily mean you have to focus solely on reading, or even commit a large amount of your time to the program. If you’re actively seeking an opportunity to make a real difference in a child’s life, join Erie’s After School homework help program.

What

Spend one-on-one homework time with a youth between the ages of 5 and 12

The Commitment

Two (2) hours at least once per week

Where

Erie Elementary Charter School

When

Monday through Thursday from 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Requirements

  • Available at least two days per week
  • A college-level education
  • English, Spanish bilingual preferred

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Read It and Leave It!

For children, a captivating story can spark imagination and instill a new sense of creativity that lasts a lifetime. Unfortunately, many youth are unable to experience this without the help from an organization like Erie House. If you have a favorite children’s book and are passionate about sharing your love of reading with children, we’d love to have you!

What

Share your favorite stories with individual or small groups of students ages 2 to 5

The Commitment

One time opportunity

Where

Erie Community Center

When

Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 11:00am

Requirements

  • Be at least 13 years of age
  • Bring an age appropriate book to read and leave (to grow our lending library)

For More Information

Learn more about Children and Youth Programs, or Contact Grace Clear

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Tutoring and Mentoring with TEAM

Since 1998, 100 percent of our TEAM students have graduated high school, with 97 percent moving on to college. TEAM provides college scholarships, comprehensive workshops on the financial aid application process and visits to Chicago's largest college fair and various universities. But to be successful, we need passionate professionals to volunteer their time.

What

Pair up with an at-risk 8th to 12th grade student and provide ongoing mentorship, guidance, academic and personal support

The Commitment

Weekly meetings plus special activities (i.e. visit to a college fair) for the whole school year

Where

Erie Neighborhood House

When

8th and 9th graders meet Mondays from 6:00pm - 7:30pm
10th through 12th graders meet Wednesdays from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Requirements

  • Complete two (2) one and half hour orientation sessions
  • One school-year commitment
  • College degree (preferred) or
  • Enrolled in a higher education program
  • English, Spanish bilingual preferred

For More Information

Learn about the TEAM program, or contact Maria Muñoz

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Youth Options Unlimited (YOU)

At Erie developing and challenging our youth is essential to bettering local communities, now and in the future. Our Youth Options Unlimited (YOU) program is meant to inspire youth ages 12 to 18 to become more active in their neighborhoods, as well as their own personal and academic growth.

What

Help youth develop their social skills, build healthy self-images and relationships, attain positive educational outcomes (like high school graduation and college enrollment) and enrich their lives through skills development.

For More Information

Learn about the YOU program

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Become an ESL Tutor

What

Work with adult learners in either a one-on-one, small group or small class setting

The Commitment

A one-year session

Where

Erie Neighborhood House 
Erie Little Village (Fridays)

When

Generally Monday through Friday, mornings and evenings and Saturday mornings

Group Tutoring
Monday through Thursday from 11:00am to Noon and 5:00pm to 6:00 pm
Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Requirements

Complete a web-based training, or attend an in-person 12-hour training with an approved trainer like Literacy Works

For More Information

Learn more about our ESL program or contact Susana Ortiz

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Bridge a Path to Citizenship (Attorney Volunteers)

One of our core values at Erie is empowering individuals in our community to have a stronger voice. But in order to do so, it’s critical for these legal, permanent residents to become citizens and gain voting rights. As part of the New Americans Initiative, we provide an innovative, holistic approach to citizenship by unifying outreach, immigrant rights advocacy, citizenships classes, civic education and legal services.

What

Provide legal screenings for our participants 

The Commitment

Participate in a Saturday workshop (held monthly)

Where

Throughout the Northwest Side

When

One Saturday every month from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Requirements

Complete a two (2) hour orientation session

For More Information

Learn more about our Citizenship initiatives, or contact Jane Lombardi

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Bridge a Path to Citizenship (N-400)

One of our core values at Erie is empowering individuals in our community to have a stronger voice. But in order to do so, it’s critical for these legal, permanent residents to become citizens and gain voting rights. As part of the New Americans Initiative, we provide an innovative, holistic approach to citizenship by unifying outreach, immigrant rights advocacy, citizenships classes, civic education and legal services.

What

Help our participants fill out citizenship applications

The Commitment

Participate in a Saturday workshop (held monthly)

Where

Throughout the Northwest Side

When

Saturday May 19, 2012, or Saturday June 16, 2012 from 9:00am to 2:00pm

Requirements

Participate in a two (2) hour training session

For More Information

Learn more about our Citizenship initiatives, or contact Jane Lombardi

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Technology Education

Are you tech savvy? If so, we want you to partner with us to provide technology education to our adult learners.

What

Monitor the open work times available to our community or act as an instructor or lab assistant during a basic or advanced computer course

The Commitment

At least one (1) hour per week

When

Volunteers are welcome during classes, which take place Monday through Thursday from 10:00am to 1:00pm and 6:00pm to 8:30 pm.

Requirements

  • Solid computer skills
  • The ability to navigate the internet
  • Spanish / English bilingual (preferred

For More Information

Learn more about our Technology Education program or contact Maria Serna, Technology Education Services Coordinator.

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Help Adults Earn GEDs

In order for our community to grow and develop, it is essential for our members to become better educated and able to prosper in our society. As part of Erie’s community literacy and tutoring programs, we’re seeking volunteers to work with adult learners to help them improve their English, work toward their GEDs and better master the technology necessary to thrive in the workplace.

What

Help adult learners work towards their GEDs

The Commitment

Once a week for at least one and a half (1.5) hours 

When

Monday through Friday, mornings and evenings and Saturday mornings

For More Information

Learn more about our Community Literacy program, or contact Susana Ortiz

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Language Exchange

What

Get matched with a Spanish speaker to learn one another's languages

The Commitment

Three (3) hours per week

When

Monday through Friday, mornings and evenings and Saturday mornings

For More Information

To get paired up; learn more about Community Literacy, or contact Justin Hochstetler

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Support the Citizenship Team Office

One of our core values at Erie is empowering individuals in our community to have a stronger voice. But in order to do so, it’s critical for these legal, permanent residents to become citizens and gain voting rights. As part of the New Americans Initiative, we provide an innovative, holistic approach to citizenship by unifying outreach, immigrant rights advocacy, citizenships classes, civic education and legal services.

What

General clerical work

Where

Erie Neighborhood House

When

Anytime Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For More Information

Learn more about our Citizenship initiatives, or contact Jane Lombardi

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Teach a Citizenship Class

One of our core values at Erie is empowering individuals in our community to have a stronger voice. But in order to do so, it’s critical for these legal, permanent residents to become citizens and gain voting rights. As part of the New Americans Initiative, we provide an innovative, holistic approach to citizenship by unifying outreach, immigrant rights advocacy, citizenships classes, civic education and legal services.

What

Support ESL and civic classes

Where and When

Erie Neighborhood House
Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – Noon

Partner Locations:

5318 W. Diversey Parkway
Monday and Thursday, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays , 9:00 a.m. – Noon

3249 N. Central Avenue
Monday and Wednesday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

For More Information

Learn more about our Citizenship initiatives or contact Anabel Mosqueda

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