Community Programs occur on a weekly basis and are developed based upon the need of the organization and its clients. Volunteers are expected to commit to specific times and days and engage consistently throughout the semester.
- Browse Community Programs
- Contact staff for assistance with program selection
- Service-Learning/Community Based Courses
- Leadership Opportunities with Community Programs
Special events are created around a specific issue or need in the community. There are many opportunities throughout the year to participate in a special event. Volunteers must register ahead of time and are encouraged to sign-in with staff when they arrive.
Summer Volunteer Opportunities
Jumpstart Summer Opportunity
Interested in earning an education award while helping kids prepare for kindergarten? Jumpstart is offering a unique summer placement in our Connecticut program! Jumpstart is a national early education organization that recruits and trains college students to work with children in preschool classrooms. Participants inspire young children to learn, provide needed support to classrooms, and build professional skills all while having fun! Be part of a team that is closing the achievement gap by equipping our preschoolers with the language and literacy skills they need for success in kindergarten and beyond. Join us to work toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Selected participants will receive training prior to classroom service and be eligible to earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award education award of $1,212 upon completion of 300 hours of service. Interested candidates will have the option to serve at preschools in Vernon from May through August. Limited spots available! To apply: https://application.jstart.org/ (select program year 2015-2016)
- Ability to verbally communicate with peers, Jumpstart staff, children and classroom teachers
- Ability to commit to 300 hours of service over the course of the summer (May- August 2016. Service may begin earlier if member prefers)
- Time management skills (approximately 25 – 35 hours of service per week)
- Ability to demonstrate effective reading and writing skills
- Enthusiastic and positive attitude toward helping others
- Willingness to undergo a criminal history check
- Recent tuberculosis (TB) test required for classroom service
- Application submitted online at https://application.jstart.org/.