Did you know? TMCC Work- Study Students   Leave a comment

Did you know that a segment of WCSD volunteers are TMCC Work-Study students?  What does this mean?  Work-study is a federally based financial aid program.  in order to qualify for Work-study, students must complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) and demonstrate financial need.  At TMCC, there are 5 types of funding.  Work-study, Federal Work-study, Federal Literacy Work-study, Regency and State Work-study (can only work on TMCC campus).  Most of our Work-study students are tutors in our schools.  Students, if eligible, are allocated an amount of money each semester.  they must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits (which must apply towards their degree), and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA each semester.  Once the student has completed the process with TMCC, we are contacted by Valerie Lambert, and set up an Onboarding and Placement interview.  If you or someone you know fits the above criteria and would like more information, please contact Valerie Lambert, Student Employment Program Officer at 775-674-7669 or vlambert@tmcc.edu .

Exceptional Volunteer Awards   Leave a comment

Did you know that Volunteer Services and WCSD award one volunteer a month with the Exceptional Volunteer Award during the school year? This award was created to honor and recognize the value of all volunteer contributions in the Washoe County School District as family and community support for the success of all school children.

Nominations for the Exceptional Volunteer Award are accepted under the following criteria:

Nominee must be a current volunteer for WCSD, serving a minimum of 100 validated hours of unpaid volunteer time. A student volunteer receiving educational credit is not eligible.

Nominations may be made by more than one individual, but one of those nominating must be an employee of Washoe County School District.

Nominations must provide a description of the volunteer’s contribution and indicate how nominee’s volunteering is linked to school improvement or academic success for all students.

Organizations may be recognized as a group of volunteers.

Awards are determined by an award selection committee based on award criteria and by date nomination was received. A nominee may not be awarded more than once in a 10 year period due to the amount of submissions we receive.

The awards are presented monthly at a Washoe County School District Board of Trustees meeting called the “Spotlight on Success”. This school years recipients are:

Roberta and Clay Klein- Read with Me program, Incline schools

360 Blueprint Program-Reno schools

Carmen Garcia Barboza- Agnes Risley E.S

Robert Mount- Spanish Springs H.S.

Jim Withey- Silver Lake E.S.

Brandon Ouart- Depoali M.S.

Roxana Ford- Wooster H.S.

Gary Sevigny- Alice Maxwell E.S.

Anne Orozco- Dodson E.S.

If you are interested in nominating a candidate for the Exceptional Volunteer Award, please contact Laurie Bennett at Volunteer Services, 348-0346 or email at labennett@washoeschools.net

Looking for a year long community service opportunity?   Leave a comment

The First Teacher Tutor Training program, otherwise known as the WCSD VISTA program, is looking for some highly motivated, community service minded people to fight poverty and support student success in the WCSD.  Full time VISTAs are developing and building the capacity of Volunteer Services to offer and sustain the Pre-K to Kinder Reading, Pre-K to Kinder Math, Read & Succeed, Math Paths, and Elementary Writing/Word Sorts tutor trainings that are offered to community, school, parent, and community partner volunteers to support student success in the classroom and the home.  VISTAs are also filming the trainings to provide as take home resources for parents, building and maintaining our supply of take home materials, promoting the trainings in the community and schools, fundraising, maintaining our Read & Succeed Incentive Book program and so much more.  Although being a full time VISTA is not a job, it is volunteering, VISTAs do receive a $983 a month living allowance, insurance, work related mileage, vacation and sick time, as well as many non-monetary benefits like networking within the school district, learning to navigate the school district, and building relationships for use later.  VISTAs are required to complete 35 hours a week for 52 weeks and at the end of their service year, if they have successfully completed the hours, they will receive a $5500 Segel Education Award to use for future tuition, student debt, or other educational costs.  We currently are looking for VISTAs that will be available to start with our August 2016 cohort.  If you are interested, please apply at my.americorps.gov and choose the ‘Apply to Serve” option to build a profile and an application.  Or, you can just call or email Tracy Sherwood at 775-348-0345 mailto:tsherwood@washoeschools.net  and she will walk you through the process.


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


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