Volunteer Services- Did you know? Summer Tutoring Program   Leave a comment

This summer, Volunteer Services began a Summer Tutoring Program utilizing tutors from the Summer VISTA program, the Regents Tutors, and other community volunteer tutors.  The program is designed to help 20 students from grades k-12 with areas they are struggling in or need to continue learning during the summer break.  All of our tutor volunteers are trained in our Read & Succeed and Math Paths First Teacher Tutor trainings to support their tutees with WCSD Curriculum and Instruction developed strategies.  The Summer Tutoring program runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 12pm at Volunteer Services, located at 494 Poplar Street.  We are conducting our program from June 21st through July 28th this year.  Our Summer Tutoring program is free of charge and is meant as an additional resource for WCSD students and families.  If you would like more information about our Summer Tutoring program, or would like to volunteer as a tutor in the future, please give Dex Thomas a call at 348-0222 or email at dlthomas@washoeschools.net .


Welcome Summer VISTA Alyssa Harwell   Leave a comment

Please help us all in welcoming Alyssa Harwell to our Summer VISTA staff here at Volunteer Services.  Alyssa is an AmeriCorps VISTA and Summer VISTA alumna from 2014-2015 and summer 2013 respectively.  This summer Alyssa is assisting with the very busy summer tutoring program, supporting the Financial Wellness Navigator, and preparing some social media procedures for our incoming full time VISTAs to help promote our First Teacher Tutor Trainings.  Alyssa is a Reno native; graduate of Wooster HS, class of 2012 (go Colts!); and a current HDFS student at UNR, she’ll be graduating in December 2016.  Alyssa has experience volunteering with the Nevada Waterfowl Association, with her church, as a Sorority sister with Service for Sight, and peer tutoring while a WCSD student.  Alyssa also spent the 2015-2016 school year as a UNR Regents tutor at Beck ES where she worked with kindergartners.  After graduation, she plans to be a case manager to help children and families who may fall in the lower socio-economic strata of Washoe County.


Summer VISTA Alyssa Harwell

Volunteer Services Summer Potluck   Leave a comment

On Monday, July 11th, Volunteer Services celebrated the first annual “Picnic” themed Summer Potluck at our offices at 494 Poplar Street. In attendance were approximately 25 VISTAs, Volunteer Services staff, WCSD light duty workers, AARP, CWEP, and other volunteers that donate their time with departments located in the Administration Building; including our Supervisor from Communications, Irene Payne. We were all excited to sit down and catch up with one another while enjoying some tasty hot dogs, potato salad, pulled pork, baked beans, and other side dishes shared by those in attendance.  This was topped off by an amazing vanilla cake with strawberry filling, whipped cream frosting, and fresh strawberries to celebrate June and July birthdays!   Special thanks go out to student volunteers Kaitlyn Osgood and Ryan Sherwood for helping set-up and BBQing the hot dogs!   A good time was had by all and we look forward to our Fall potluck in October!!

Welcome- Summer VISTA JennaRene Whaley   Leave a comment

Please help Volunteer Services in welcoming JennaRene Whaley as a Summer VISTA at our Volunteer Services office during the 2016 summer service term.  JennaRene is a very active, positive, and radiant addition to our office and really spreads the spirit of ongoing education and its benefits to our staff, volunteers, and visitors.  JennaRene is a student at UNR and Western Nevada Community College in Carson City, where she is studying Secondary Education. She wants to become a teacher for Social Studies and American Sign Language.   JennaRene is heading up our Summer Tutoring program this year and has helped organize, plan, prepare, find tutors, and prepare curriculum for our 23 summer tutees.  As well as being a Summer VISTA and a student, JennaRene is a very active member of her church community and thrives in her role as a member of the Washoe County community, community service is a integral part of JennaRene’s character!  If you are interested in supporting the Summer Tutoring program by tutoring or donating supplies, please contact JennaRene at jwhaley@washoeschools.net or 348-0346.

Summer VISTA JennaRene Whaley

Summer VISTA JennaRene Whaley

UNR Regents Service Program HIRING!   Leave a comment

We have spotlighted the Regents Service Program in previous blogs, which is one of the many programs under the Volunteer Services umbrella that serves the students of the WCSD. Now is the time to get the word out as the application window has just opened for the 2016-2017 school year! The Regent’s Program was established to provide University of Nevada students with paid service/work opportunities that contribute to critical needs of the Reno/Sparks community with priority focusing on literacy programs specific to K-12. Eligibility criteria includes being enrolled in at least six credits in a degree seeking program, with preference given to education majors and Nevada residents. Additionally, students must establish a minimum GPA of 2.5 for undergraduate and 3.0 for graduate students. Interested candidates can anticipate working 15-20 hours a week assisting classroom teachers, facilitating group work, and work with students in various after school programs. Regent’s mentors/tutors make $12.50 an hour and have the opportunity to participate in WCSD courses, trainings, and workshops. If you are interested in an exciting classroom opportunity with real student impact, the Regent’s Service Program is for you. If you or some you know is interested in being a Regent mentor/tutor for the 2016-2017 school year, please contact Derek Hughes at 786-4601 or dhughes@washoeschools.net


Posted July 6, 2016 by WCSD Volunteers in Regents Tutoring, WCSD Volunteers

Volunteer Services- Did you know? Community Volunteers   Leave a comment

Did you know that a segment of WCSD volunteers are from various groups from around the Reno-Sparks area in addition to the many parents, grandparents, and guardians? What does this mean?

We have roughly 15,000 volunteers per calendar year in our data base. This is mostly comprised of parents, grandparents and guardians wanting to chaperone field trips. The rest is made up of what we call “Community Volunteers”. Community Volunteers typically don’t have children attending school in the District and can sometimes represent a group. Some of the groups are Reno Rodeo Foundation, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), PAWS for Love, 360 Blueprint, various churches to name a few. Some Community Volunteers are just individuals who want to help out, whether it be with students, or in an office or warehouse setting. There is a special group of Community Volunteers that we categorize as our “Under 18” group. They fill out a special application which requires a parent/guardian signature.

We have several “one time” events and several “ongoing” opportunities as well in need of volunteers.

If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, please contact Laurie Bennett at 775-348-0346 or by email at labennett@washoeschools.net


Welcome New Book Program VISTA Victoria   Leave a comment

Please help Volunteer Services welcome our new Read & Succeed Incentive Book Program VISTA Victoria to the VISTA team.  Victoria, a mother of 2 WCSD students, is also a VISTA alum who served with Washoe County Senior Services.  Victoria has an MBA and a Masters in Psychology, so she truly does understand the importance of life-long learning and the benefits of home libraries.  Victoria will be continuing the book program’s work with schools and the community.  If you, someone you know, or a business you work with would like to hold a book drive to support the Read & Succeed Incentive Book Program and the students of WCSD, please contact Victoria at 775-861-1273 or volunteerservices@washoeschools.net  and she will get that set up for you.

Read & Succeed Book Program VISTA Victoria

Read & Succeed Book Program VISTA Victoria



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