With school buildings having been closed for so long, it’s harder than ever for children to feel connected to their school and their community. If you are in the Montgomery County, Maryland, area, you can help us change that. Our Connections volunteer project has moved online, for as long as Montgomery County Public School buildings are closed to volunteers; we will re-evaluate this as the situation changes.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Get training, ideas, and regular support from ETA staff and your peer group of volunteers.
- Check in weekly by Zoom with your student, at a mutually convenient time, to talk, read, and get to know each other.
- Check in periodically with the student’s parents/caregiver, to hear their goals for their child, to strategize together on advocating for the child, and to share community resources.
Commitment is 1-2 hours per week for 18 months (less in the summer months). This includes time spent with your student as well as time spent in a group check-in with your peer volunteer group and ETA staff.
Our goal is to keep occasional missed classes, missing assignments, or fixable obstacles from growing into longer-term academic problems or the student losing contact with the school altogether.
Please get in touch! We are currently accepting applications for a volunteer cohort that will launch this fall.