We are looking for a few good VISTAs!   Leave a comment

The WCSD VISTA program is looking for 30 Summer VISTAs this year to help with summer loss prevention at the Boys and Girls Club, support the Food Bank’s summer food program, help with registration at the middle and high schools, support the ZOOM schools, and do some high school tutoring.  Summer VISTAs will work for 10 weeks starting 3 June 2016 to 11 August 2016, for 35 hours a week, and hours will generally be between Monday through Friday between 7am to 5pm.  Although Summer VISTA is not a job, it is community service, you do receive a $983 a month living allowance and at the successful completion of the 10 weeks, a $1200 Segel Education Award to use towards tuition or other education costs.  Please note that VISTAs need to be 18 years or older to apply and be able to prove that they are legally able to work in the United States.  If you are interested, please check out http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-programs/americorps-vista/vista-summer-associates for more information.  To apply, please visit www.my.americorps.gov and build a profile and complete an application.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email Tracy Sherwood at 775-348-0345 or tsherwood@washoeschools.net

What’s happening in the VISTA program?   Leave a comment

Some exciting news from the VISTA program this week.  We will be offering our Volunteer Tutor Trainings all summer long starting in May 2016!  We will be offering Read & Succeed and Math Paths at first, and by the end of the summer, procedures will be in place to offer Elementary Writing/Word Sorts, Pre-k to Kinder Reading, and Pre-k to Kinder Math.  These new trainings will take place in the Volunteer Services office on a one-to-one or very small group basis.  We will be utilizing our Tutor Training videos with VISTA support during the training time.  As with all our Community Tutor Trainings and our School  Tutor Trainings, every tutor will be leaving with take home materials to facilitate successful tutoring after the training/s are complete.  After your training is complete, we will make sure that all volunteers have time with Dex Thomas, our Program Technician, to discuss placement in a school for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year and to make sure that all Volunteer Applications and other paperwork is complete.  We are excited to be able to offer this service to our valued volunteers and future volunteers so that we start the new school year with freshly trained tutors to support WCSD students’ success.  For more information about any of our Tutor Trainings, please contact the VISTA office at 775-348-0345 or email Tracy Sherwood at tsherwood@washoeschools.net

Posted April 18, 2016 by WCSD Volunteers in WCSD Volunteers

Happy Volunteer & Library Week!   Leave a comment

Happy Library Week

Happy Library Week

 

Happy Volunteer Week

Happy Volunteer Week

 

April 10-16, 2016, what an exciting week! This is the week to celebrate two of my favorite things,

Libraries and Volunteers! I can’t imagine a place without either one and the two sometimes go hand in hand.

National Library week is a time set aside at a national basis for everyone in the community to come together and celebrate libraries. Whether offering e-books, technology classes, materials for English-language learners, access to technology that a person may not otherwise have, a place for community classes, trainings etc. they are a welcoming and safe haven for all!

Our school libraries are just as important! A lot of students may not have the technology and resources at home to keep up with demands of academics. They are also instrumental in providing and developing a love for books amongst students! If you are interested in volunteering in any of our school libraries, (checking in and out books, shelving, book repairs, bulletin boards, and reading to children are some of the fun activities volunteers do) please contact Dex Thomas at Volunteer Services, 775-348-0222 for more information.

By: Volunteer Services Secretary Laurie Bennett

VISTA Spotlight- Jazmine Dupree   Leave a comment

VISTA Jazmine Dupree is another of our Reno natives and a graduate of the WCSD. Jazmine brings volunteer experience to the First Teacher Tutor Training program from assisting with the children’s ministry at her church, Living Stones Church. She really has a gift of connecting with children that we are lucky to witness every time we do community events and school trainings that are attended by the students. Jazmine is currently an education student and is considering becoming a teacher, we all think she would be great! For the First Teacher Tutor Training program, Jazmine is in charge of making sure that all our take home materials that accompany our tutor trainings are on hand and prepared for upcoming trainings. She also supports both our monthly community tutor trainings, held in the WCSD board room from September through March, and our school trainings that are hosted by WCSD schools. If you are interested in the types of materials that are included in our take home packets and/or would like to donate any items, you can find more information on our website; or, you can contact Jazmine at 775-348-0345 or jdupree@washoeschools.net .

VISTA Jazmine Dupree

VISTA Jazmine Dupree

Target Volunteers help with the Read & Succeed Incentive Book Program   Leave a comment

On 31 March 2016 the employees of the Reno Target volunteered their time with the WCSD Read and Succeed Incentive Book program. During their volunteer time, the Target volunteers cleaned and sorted approximately 300 books that will be distributed back out to the WCSD students through the schools or community events. VISTAs Olivia Callison, Melissa Ortega, and Sandi Heying were all on hand to assist the volunteers with their efforts at our Edison warehouse space. If you and your organization are interested in doing group volunteering with the Read & Succeed Incentive Book Program, whether at Edison or at our Freeport warehouse (space generously donated by Ribeiro Properties) or if you are interested in hosting a book drive, donating books or funding the program, please contact Olivia at 775-861-1273 or ocallison@washoeschools.net .  Please visit the Read & Succeed webpage!

Target Employees 31March2016

Target Employees 31March2016

Target Employees 31March2016

Target Employees 31March2016

Target Employees 31March2016

Target Employees 31March2016

Posted April 8, 2016 by WCSD Volunteers in WCSD Volunteers

Volunteer Week 2016   Leave a comment

National Volunteer Week and National Public Education Week (April 10-16, 2016) is a time of celebration and inspiration to honor the thousands of individuals who take action year round to strengthen their communities.

Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week has grown exponentially in scope each year, recognizing the incalculable contributions that volunteers make every day across the country and challenging all Americans to step forward to help wherever there is need.

At WCSD we have over 15,000 volunteers annually with about 13,000 of those being parents.  What are they doing at WCSD?  Volunteers are providing support in areas of need throughout the school district, helping tutor elementary, middle and high school students in math, science, reading, writing and more. There are volunteer trainings offered to assure that teachers get the best support to help struggling students.  Office support is always a focus for volunteers, this is where volunteers are able to assist not only the school but also the various departments, school offices and programs.  Volunteers are assisting librarians with tasks such as reading to students, checking books in and out, shelving books and labeling books. Groups of volunteers are volunteering their time to provide free books, so important in student’s development.   Highly skilled volunteers are engaged to special support as speakers, presenters, consultants, etc.  Volunteers are assisting every department that requests help and are welcomed to share their skills within WCSD.  Community volunteering shares with caring volunteers an understanding of the various tasks that are needed to support WCSD and the challenges that are faced daily. 

 

We are all very busy, but we would be a lot busier if we didn’t have volunteers supporting our District.  Take a few moments to thank your volunteers.  Without pay, their reward is helping the students, teachers, staff they serve and the positive outcomes from their labor.  Your appreciation means a lot to them.  

 

If you are interested in volunteering or if you would like ideas on thanking volunteers contact Dex Thomas at 775-348-0222, dlthomas@washoeschools.net

 

VISTA Spotlight- Meghan Merrell   Leave a comment

VISTA Meghan Merrell is originally from El Dorado Hills, California, she came to Nevada before her senior year in high school. Meghan is married, is studying to become an elementary school teacher, and is a very active member in her church. She also likes to volunteer at and visit Comic-Cons and play video games, she would classify herself as a nerd. Meghan brings experience working with children from her time as a middle school, elementary, and primary teacher at her church. For the WCSD First Teacher Tutor Training Program, Meghan has built and polished up our training PowerPoints,; with VISTA Melissa Ortega, decorated our new Book Drop that has been placed in the Volunteer Services parking lot; supported lots of school and community trainings; taken over the organization of our pictures; and, will be working with VISTA Mikel Luster to produce some YouTube videos that contain information pertinent to our volunteers. Meghan was also a valuable addition to our furniture build team during the recent renovations here at Volunteer Services. If you would like to view our YouTube videos, when they are complete, please visit our YouTube page at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVavdf5RelJMF-EZioX0Hng

VISTA Meghan Merrell

VISTA Meghan Merrell

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