Holy Cross Service Program
This list is intended to aid students in pursuing opportunities for service. Please note - some organizations require a long-term commitment from the volunteer.
These projects include a wide variety of opportunities that will fit into the core project area, as well as the additional service requirements. Often a listing will be under one heading, but may provide additional opportunities (i.e. Emergency Housing Consortium is listed under "economically poor,” but opportunities to work with "children" are also available.)
Students are required to call to arrange an appointment. Students are recommended to contact the agencies in the summer or early in the school year to arrange service. Often there is an interview and an orientation to the facility. Students must be on time and work at the convenience of the agency. Agencies are not obligated to facilitate last minute calls.
When working with any program where there is ongoing contact with the same clients (i.e. children's programs, elderly), it is imperative that the students realize the obligation to be reliable about attendance. Relationships are formed and the clients are often very disappointed when the student does not "show up.”
By suggesting these agencies, we in no way guarantee any results. It is solely up to the student to investigate possibilities and ask questions. Student is responsible to make sure they get involved with a project that puts them in direct contact with clients.
Agencies that Work with Children
Service with children must involve the student with children of grammar school age (5-13 years) in some kind of teaching related environment and organization. (See also developmentally disabled & poor.)
Flag Football Coaches for the 4th,5th and 6th grade teams.
One Game and One Practice per week mid Sep thru 1st week of Nov.
3:30 to 5:00 PM at one of the 6 elementary schools.
Must commit to entire season.
No football experience necessary.
Coaching clinic will teach you the rules and how to Coach.
CATHOLIC WORKER HOUSE
Contact: Sister Mary Jane Floyd
822 Heller St.
Redwood City, CA
Needs tutors for small children learning English.
Must commit to one semester; one day a week.
CHILDREN'S DISCOVERY MUSEUM
Lead groups of grammar school children in field observations on Guadalupe Creek in San Jose. Program called BioSITE (Students Investigating Their Environment). Volunteers need to be available Monday afternoons for training from 3:30-5:30 and either Tuesday or Wednesday afternoons for teaching. Half year to full year commitment required.
Contact: Claudia Lopez
730 Cornelia Court
Green pastures is a Group Home for children with physical and developmental
disabilities.There are volunteer opportunities in the home, after school and
weekends, along with community outings on weekends.
Please e-mail for an appointment,interview,home tour and detailed instructions.
HELP ONE CHILD
Contact: Judy Holmes
Babysitting opportunities available with foster children while the foster parents are in parenting classes as well as some tutoring opportunities (Have some summer needs).
CHILDREN'S HOUSE OF LOS ALTOS
Contact: Ella Mayon
Located on Berry Avenue, off Miramonte, Los Altos
Working with children, ages 3-12
Contact your own church or parish and ask about Sunday school or CCD classes.
FAMILIES IN PARTNERSHIP
Contact: Kathy Endaya
GEORGE MAYNE SCHOOL, ALVISO
Contact: Theresa Hernandez, Vice Principal
Tutor children after school - some Spanish-speaking children
HOLY FAMILY PARISH
Contact: Judy Smith
Homework Companion program - be a buddy to a 4th, 5th or 6th grade student.
I HAVE A DREAM FOUNDATION
Contact: Emma James, Volunteer Coordinator at ext. 143
Costano Elementary School
East Palo Alto
Need homework buddies for 4th graders. One semester commitment one afternoon each week required.
INDEPENDENT PEER SOCIALIZATION TRAINING PROGRAM
Contact: Jim Spelman
2280 Kenwood Avenue in San José
Offers after school program which meets every day from 2:30-5 pm. Disabled students who get together to play games, do sports etc. students act as peer models. Please note that students must call to make appointment - messages left by parents on behalf of the student will not be returned. Also, students MUST have an appointment in order to volunteer. Drop-in volunteers will be turned away. PLEASE DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE.
Help a child learn to read! Kids Read is a program in which high school and middle school students spend time reading with Kindergartners and First graders. We meet every Sunday at the Mountain View Library in the Community Room from 3:30-4:30pm. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Robyn Shalinsky at firstname.lastname@example.org. We meet all year round, so let me know if you would like to volunteer over the summer also! Thank you!
LANDELS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Contact: Mrs. Carmen Mizell at email@example.com or (650) 526-3520 ext. 3441
115 West Dana Street, Mt. View
Need tutors for 1st -5th graders. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Friday from 3:00-5:45
LUCILLE PACKARD CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
Contact: Fouzel Abbas
Minimum age for volunteers is 16. Work with sick children.
MONEY MATH Tutoring for 2nd and 3rd Graders
Contact: Amy Madsen at Amy.firstname.lastname@example.org or 650-948-8747
As a "Money Math" program volunteer, you will help kids who are below
grade level with their money identification, value recognition, and counting skills
Where: Mountain View Library
Time: 3:15 pm to 5 pm (Mon, Tues, Wed)
Location: Castro Elementary School, 505 Escuela Ave, Mountain View
Students are welcome to volunteer one day, all days or any number.
Mon-Fri 2pm-6pm (may work any time during these sessions)
Saturday 12:30pm-4:00pm (must attend entire session)
Work with children who are autistic.
A two-hour training session required prior to volunteering.
Training sessions are offered the second Saturday of each month.
OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL CHURCH
Contact: Sandy Meisendach
PARENTS HELPING PARENTS
Contact Mrs. Kazue Lowenstein at ext 165
Working with classes with disabled and able Japanese speaking children volunteers help teach the children how to learn to interact with each other.
Contact your local library to read with children or do other reading related activities.
3455 Edison Way, Menlo Park 94025
The Riekes Center for Human Enhancement provides student the resources and opportunity for th ejoy of self-enhancement. The Riekes Center works with people from various economical backgrounds as well with students of various ages. Volunteers are needed to work with many of their programs. Please contact the Riekes Center if you are interested in finding out more about potential volunteer opportunities.
SACRED HEART COMMUNITY SERVICES
Contact: Rebecca Cole, Early Childhood Education Coordinator
Opportunities for after school tutoring during the school year and Academic Summer Day Camp, Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs., tutoring for disadvantaged children. Commit one morning per week for five weeks or Mon through Thurs for one week.
SACRED HEART GRAMMAR SCHOOL
Contact: Cynthia Walker at ext 147
Tutor children after school
SACRED HEART NATIVITY SCHOOL
Contact: Kevin Eagleson, Principal
Sacred Heart Nativity School is looking for student volunteers to tutor 6th - 8th grade students and to play with them during activity time. Please contact the school for days and times of opportunities.
SAN BRUNO SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
Contact: Emily Chandler
SAN JOSE FAMILY SHELTER
Contact: Elaine Coutu at ext104
After school tutoring
SAINT ELIZABETH SETON
Contact: Patty Kenney McGraw
Tutor 3rd & 4th grade children after school from 3 - 4:30pm Mondays, Tuesday or Thursdays.
ST JOSEPH SCHOOL
Contact Renate Sanchez, Director, Extended Care Program
Located on Miramonte Ave., Mt. View
During the school year contact Campus Ministry in September about after school tutoring. Commitment is at Saint Joseph's from 3-4pm one afternoon each week for a full semester. Summer opportunities available.
Contact your neighborhood grade school. Ask about after school day care, coaching or tutoring programs.
SAINT SIMON NURSURY/CO-OP
Contact: Email is preferred Nursery@stsimon.org
Courtney Leik (703-402-2833)
Stephanie Brennan (206-390-3857)
Assist sitter for children (6 mos-4yrs)during mass.
maximum of two students for each Sunday.
Location:St. Simon Church
1860 Grant Road, Los Altos, CA 94024
Time: Sundays, 8:45-10:15AM
SUNDAY FRIENDS IN SAN JOSE
Help homeless children and children from low-income families with art projects on Sunday afternoons. Meets on second and fourth Sunday afternoon each month.
TAFT COMMUNITY SCHOOL
P.A.L. Community Center
Tenth Ave. and Bay Rd.
Contact: Carlin Johnson Politzer, LCSW
(650) 569-3868 ext. 304
Taft Community School is looking for tutors Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 5:00-7:00 p.m., beginning September 16, 2008. Choose the day and hours to volunteer your tim. Be a tutor for first through fifth grade students.Help provide a much needed service to the local community.English and Spanish-speaking tutors needed. Tutors will be required to complete a one time training before tutoring.
Tutor 2nd-5th grade students in math.
Monday and Tuesday 2:30pm-3:30pm
2012-13 Program begins October 1st.
Contact: Jen Bolcoa
Housing program for formerly battered women and their children with needs for summertime swim buddies and help with the summer program for the children.
Contact: Donna Largent
Belle Haven School
Organization that provides one on one tutoring in reading to students - Tutors are needed to assist in a structured reading program between 9:30am and 5pm Monday - Thursday.
YMCA "KID'S PLACE"
Contact any YMCA in any city and ask about volunteering with their children's programs.
Contact: Anisha Sekar at email@example.com
October & November -first & third Sunday; December- first & second Sunday
We need your help! Volunteer as a reading tutor for a kindergartner who will benefit from your one-on-one attention. Meet at the Mountain View Library in the Community Room on Sundays from 3:30-4:30.To ensure that we have the same number of tutors as kids, it is VERY important that you contact Robyn Shalinsky if you plan to volunteer. Please e-mail or call: firstname.lastname@example.org or (650) 938-9045. YOU can make a difference in a child’s life! Sign up sheet available under "related files" section.