Thursday, February 18, 2010

DCPS looking for a few good people...

... to volunteer.
1. Athletic Coaches (Boys Basketball and Football) - M.C Terrell ES

Boys basketball and/or football coaches are needed at M.C. Terrell ES. Time commitment: 5-6:15 pm, daily.

Contact: Mecye M. Boddie, OST (After School Coordinator), 202-645-3740 (Office), 216-856-0808 (C),

2. Adult supervisors for afterschool cooking program - Multiple locations

Volunteers are needed to supervise students in Common Threads program, which teaches low-income children to cook wholesome, affordable meals. For more information on the program, visit

  • Tyler Elementary (1001 G Street SE) - Mondays - 3:30-5:30
  • CulinAerie (1131 14th St. NW) - Tuesdays - 4:00-6:00
  • Riverside Center (5200 Foote St, NE) - Tuesdays - 4:00-6:00
  • Oyster Adams Bi-Lingual Campus (2020 19th Street NW) - Wednesdays - 4:30-6:30
 To volunteer, contact: Mary Ann Weprin, Common Threads, phone: (312)329-2501 ext 204,

3. Beautification Day 2010 Planning Committee (March - August 2010)

Beautification Day is an annual event established in 2005 as a citywide "spruce up" of all DC public school buildings in preparation for the first day of school. Each year more than 2,000 volunteers help spruce up our schools. The Planning Committee will meet monthly to from March-May and bi-weekly during the months of June-August. Meetings will be held in the evenings. Professionals, retirees, and college students are encouraged to join.

The Committee will assist the Office of Community Partnerships in planning this annual event. Responsibilities will include:

  • Marketing and communications
  • Volunteer recruitment and management
  • Logistics and supplies
  • Event day timeline and support
Contact: Jessica Rial, , include "Beautification Day 2010 Planning Committee" in the subject of the email

4. Readers - Father of the Year Essay Contest

Readers are needed to help select essays for the semi-finalist and finalist categories for the 2010 Washington Nationals Father of the Year Essay Contest. The contest is designed to improve writing skills and stimulate thinking about the nurturing roles played by fathers and father figures, as well as to raise awareness of the importance of fathering and focus attention on what makes a great father.

Thursday, March 11, 2010
6:00 p.m. - light meal provided and opening remarks
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - review of essays
Superior Court of the District of Columbia
500 Indiana Avenue, NW - Third Floor Juror's Lounge
Washington, D.C. 20001 (parking can be requested)

Contact Diana Epps, , to sign up to volunteer

5. Panelists, Library Aids, Reader/Tutors - Powell Elementary School

Powell Elementary needs volunteers to:

  • serve as panelists from March 22-26th for the students' portfolio presentations (listen and help judge their work and presentations, and celebrate the students' project-based learning); PreK-4th grade 9 - 1 am and Noon - 3:15 pm.
  • unpack and organize books. This is an ongoing project during school hours.
  • read to students during a morning reading session from 8:00-8:40 am any day M-F.
  • read to student during a power lunch session from 11-12 pm any day M-F
Location: Powell ES, 1350 Upshur Street, NW
Contact: Principal Janeece Docal, - include "Powell Volunteer" in the subject line.

6. Athletic Coaches (basketball, soccer, dance), Drum assistant and Math tutor - Shaw @ Garnet-Patterson MS

Volunteers are needed for the following position:

  • Girls basketball coach
  • Girls soccer coach
  • Dance instructor
  • Drum assistant
  • Math tutor
Time commitment varies from 3-8 hours a week depending on the position. Contact: Sheilla Hara, Afterschool Program Coordinator, Shaw @ Garnet- Patterson Middle School , 2001 10th Street, N.W., Office: 202.673.7329 Cell: 703.447.0766,

7. Afterschool Volunteers - Lasalle-Backus EC

Volunteers are needed afterschool to assist with:

  • Dismissal, transition and snack delivery: duties including assisting with students in transition from various clubs onsite, as well as monitoring and giving snacks out during snack time in the cafeteria and assisting staff with transitioning students during school dismissal.
  • Pre-k and Pre-School Aide: to assist lead teacher in the classroom with students. Aide must have some experience working with this age group.
Both positions will be needed daily, but flexible. Contact: Tamara Convington, 202-671-6340, 202-706-3756 (cell),

8. Male Mentors - Prospect Learning Center

Male volunteer needed for one-on-one mentoring during an afterschool program. Volunteer hours are anytime Mon.-Thurs. between 3:00-5:00 pm. Volunteer commitment is at least one day per week. Spanish-English skills recommended, but not required. Student is preparing for high school and needs to talk informally about his future and generally what is on his mind. If the volunteer prefers more structure, he can certainly assist the student with assigned readings in our program. We can work with the volunteer on arranging what is most suitable for both of them.

Contact: Karin Wiener, Prospect Learning Center (Capital Hill area), 202 548-4380,

9. Volunteers - Walker-Jones EC

Volunteers are needed to:

  • escort students as they transition from classes
  • work with individual and/or small groups of students in grades Early Childhood, K and 1st
  • distribute notices and materials to students, parents, and staff
  • maintain "Birthday's of the Month" log and gift bags
  • assist with in-snack preparation and Monthly Showcase productions
Contact person: Samantha Hayes, School Coordinator, Walker-Jones Education Campus (202) 535-1684, Cell (202) 270-6095,

10. Afterschool Volunteer Opportunities- Orr Elementary School

Volunteers are needed to:

  • Supervise snack distribution
  • Work as classroom aides and tutors
Students who have committed, involved and positive role models are more likely to be successful in school and life. We need people like you to give just 1.5 hours (3 - 4:30 pm) to make a life-altering impact upon our future leaders.

Contact person: Marlon Ray, Orr ES, , Ofc: 202. 671.6240, Cell: 210. 378.7099

11. Afterschool Volunteers with Arts Experience - River Terrace ES

Volunteers are needed to assist with dance, music and arts and crafts programs. Program hours are 4 - 6 pm, Monday - Friday. A commitment of 1-2 days per week is desired.

Contact: Tim Weedon, , 202-480-0832

12. Volunteers - Garfield Elementary School

Volunteers are needed to:

  • escort students as they move to enrichment classes
  • assist enrichment teacher with preparation of materials
  • work with individual and/or small groups of students during enrichment classes
  • make contact with community groups for donation of recyclable "art" materials
Contact person: Angela M. Tilghman, Principal, Garfield Elementary School,, (202) 671-6140

13. Phonics Tutor - Aiton ES

Tutor needed to teach phonics to struggling 5th grade male student attending Aiton ES. The student is in an afterschool program until 6:30 and is available for tutoring after school. Volunteer position requires as least a one-hour weekly session or more.

Contact: Karla Reid-Witt, Office: 202 724.7621,

14. Afterschool Volunteer Opportunities - Various Locations

Volunteers are needed to work directly with DCPS students during afterschool programs in the following areas
  • Academics (one-on-one mentoring and/or tutoring in all core subjects for elementary, middle, and high school students)
  • Arts and Culture (drama, theater, music, painting, any other form of arts and crafts; multicultural activities, current events/journalism, photography)
  • Wellness and fitness (nutrition, healthy eating habits, healthy relationships, personal development, sports, teamwork, physical activity)
Contact person: Please contact directly the afterschool coordinator for the schools below.
  • Garrison ES, Rasheedah Franklin, 
  • Eliot-Hines MS, Rodney Fuller, 
  • Emery ES, Amenemhet Ashenafi, 
  • Winston EC, Kanishea Spencer, 
  • Deal MS, Margaret Berkey, 
  • Randle-Highland ES, Roberta Felder, 
  • Brent ES, Vanity Nobles, 
  • Hendley ES, Thomas Mitchell, 
  • Plummer ES, Keona Allen, 
  • Shaed ES, Paul Jeffries, 
  • Whittier ES, Dana Torrence, 
15. Tutors for Afterschool Program - Dunbar SHS

Looking for tutors for high school level academics. Tutoring will be available Mon-Thurs from 3:15-6:00pm. We also welcome tutors on Saturday for Saturday School from 10am-1pm. Students can be tutored one-on-one or in small groups. Please be available for at least 1 hour a day, 2 days a week, or at least 2 hours on Saturday. For more information, please contact Dunbar SHS After School Coordinator, Audra Murray by email at or by phone at (202) 698-3477.

16. Volunteers - Watkins ES (Capitol Hill Cluster)

Watkins ES is currently looking for volunteers to assist with supporting its wonderful student population. There are several opportunities for volunteers to directly work with Watkins students to improve their reading skills.

Volunteer times: Monday through Friday between 9 am to 3 pm.
Location: Watkins ES, 420 12th St SE
Contact: Curtis Taylor, Student Support Team Coordinator at 202-698-3356,

17. Afterschool Volunteers - CW Harris ES

CW Harris needs volunteers to work with students in grades K-5. This is an ongoing opportunity and requires 2 or more days a week commitment.

  • Volunteer times: M-F, 3:15 - 6:15 pm
  • Location: CW Harris ES, 301 53rd St. SE
  • Contact: Jana Jones, Afterschool Coordinator,, (202) 645-6767
18. Afterschool Volunteers -Moten ES

Creatively Developing Abilities (CDA) Outreach needs volunteers for the afterschool program for Moten ES @ Wilkinson, Drew ES and Simon ES. Servsafe certification holders needed also, if you have one please let us know. High School Student volunteers are welcome.

Volunteer times: afterschool hours
Location: Moten ES @ Wilkinson (2330 Pomeroy Rd. SE), Drew ES (5600 Eads St. NE) and Simon ES (401 Mississippi Ave. SE)
Contact: C. Simms at 202-641-4410,

19. Mentors and Study Hall Aides - Kelly Miller MS

The Higher Achievement program needs Mentors and Study Hall Aides at its Kelly Miller MS location (Benning Road 301 49th St, NE). Transportation/Shuttle service provided to the school from Stadium/Armory Metro. Time commitment is at least once per week, Monday, Tuesday, and/or Thursday; Study Hall Aides- 3:30-6pm, Mentors- 6-8:15pm.

For more information or to fill out an application please go to

If you already have a DCPS volunteer clearance letter, please inform Matt Thornton that you are already clear to volunteer.

Contact: Matt B. Thornton, Higher Achievement, 202-375-7733,

20. Tell us about your volunteer work

The Office of Community Partnerships will spotlight individuals, organizations and groups volunteering in DCPS in its electronic newsletters. Updates will also be used to better coordinate our volunteer program. Please take a moment to report your current volunteer work or any upcoming projects you hope to participate in.

To update us on your volunteer work, please click on the below link:

21. How to become a DCPS volunteer

  • Complete a volunteer application.
  • Process your application in person. Bring the application and proof of a negative TB test result (taken within the last 12 months) and a government issued photo ID to DCPS Central Office and complete a fingerprinting background check.
  • Receive a volunteer clearance letter in the mail. Once your application clears school security you will receive a volunteer clearance letter in the mail (average processing time 5-10 business days).

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