What if an important meeting or engagement comes up when I’m scheduled to come?
This is likely to happen given your busy schedule. Please let the Site Coordinator or Volunteer Coordinator know as soon as possible if a conflict arises so that an alternate reader or activity is scheduled for your class. Those Readers working with a team are asked to find a replacement and send them to the site in their place.
Do I need to use “voices” when I read to the children?
Although the children really love impersonations and voices when you read to them, it is not required. We highly encourage you to engage the children with your reading by asking them comprehensive and interactive questions throughout the session.
Do I need to bring books to read to the children?
No. Mi Escuelita has libraries available at every site. There are also plenty of books in every classroom. Class lessons revolve around a theme every month, and the children or teacher may request that you read a book fitting the theme. However, you are more than welcome to bring age-appropriate books from home if you have them, or to donate new books.
How often am I required to volunteer?
There is no maximum or minimum requirement. You can come once to try it out, or make a weekly or monthly commitment.
Can I choose to volunteer at any location or more than one location?
Absolutely! Please visit the locations page to help you select the site that will be most convenient for you.
I can’t commit to coming at the same time every week. Can I still volunteer?
Of course! We are very flexible and you can read/assist in the classroom any time a classroom is open. Some people work out their volunteer schedule with the Volunteer Coordinator one month or one week at a time. Another option is to share a weekly commitment with a friend or a group from your office or any other organization. Look at the Adopt a Classroom program under Group Opportunities for more information.
What if I don’t like it, or my situation changes and I can’t come anymore?
Not a problem. We understand that this volunteer opportunity isn’t for everyone, and that sometimes things change. The only thing we ask is that you let us know that you’re not planning on coming anymore.
What if I forget to sign in?
That’s okay. When you go to sign out, you can tell the Family Advocate what time you got there and she can input it into the database right then, or you can sign in and out in on your page in the binder. If you forget to sign in or out the last time you came, but remember how long you were volunteering, you can tell the Family Advocate or write it down on your page in the binder the next time you come.
Can I bring people with me?
Absolutely! Sometimes, our volunteers bring their coworkers, friends, or children with them, and as long as they’re not a disruption, that is absolutely fine with us. In fact, we really want you to tell your friends how much you enjoy volunteering here and bring them to meet the children.