How can you get involved?
Volunteer Opportunities in North Clackamas Schools
For more information about how to support students and families in North Clackamas, contact Volunteer Coordinator Kathy Harrison at 503-353-6019 or e-mail email@example.com.
Lunch Buddy Program
- Call Linda Parsons at 503-353-5663.
- elementary schools
- 1 hour a week, working with the same elementary school child.
- commit to the full school year.
• SMART reading tutor (Start Making a Reader Today)
- Ardenwald, Oak Grove, Lewelling, or Clackamas Elementary
- 1 hour a week, working with the same two children (grades 1-3)
- 7-month commitment preferred
- register on-line at http://www.getsmartoregon.org/volunteer.html
- For more information, call Michelle Gilmore at 971-634-1634 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
• Backpack Buddies:
Linwood Elementary and Clackamas Elementary have church and community groups provide students in need with nutritious food on weekends when they cannot receive a free lunch at school. This has proven results in students’ ability to learn. To find out how to get your organization involved as a Backpack Buddy sponsor at another school, contact Joe Krumm at 503-353-6017.
• Classroom Volunteers:
Help out one-on-one in the neighborhood school of your choice. Tutor students one-on-one, or work with small groups on reading, writing, math, or art projects. Contact the school of your choice and apply there.
Several churches or civic groups in our community have organized weekend efforts to spruce up school grounds in their neighborhood. Call Kathy Harrison at 503.353.6019.
• High School ASPIRE Mentor
- Work one-on-one with high school students in helping them research and access post-secondary education. Our advisors help keep students on a timeline in applying for college and also in submitting their financial aid and scholarship applications. They assist them with their online research of careers and colleges. Support a student in his or her pursuit of an education beyond high school.
Contact: Milwaukie High School -- Michael Ralls at 503-353-5832.
• The Summer Food Program:
Church or community groups help distribute free lunch to needy children, and organize games and fun activities. Program runs mid-June through mid-August, Mondays through Thursdays at three sites. To help, call Kathy Harrison at 503.353.6019.
* North Clackamas Schools is the largest volunteer organization in Clackamas County.
* More than 9,500 volunteers serve in our 30 schools.
* North Clackamas volunteers contribute work hours equivalent to 153 full time school employees. That's the size of the staff at our largest school, Clackamas High.
* Our seven School Board members contributed 2222 volunteer hours last year, an average of 317 hours each. They do not receive any compensation for serving our community.
* Youths who meet regularly with an adult mentor are:
-- 46% less likely to start using illegal drugs than their peers
-- 27% less likely to drink alcohol
-- 33% less likely to engage in violence
*Volunteering runs in the family
Research reveals that young volunteers are most likely to come from families where someone volunteers. Most say they want to help people, and they"re most likely to believe they can make a difference in their communities. Those are the findings among the data released by The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE). The research on youth volunteering trends found that 50% of young people between the ages of 18 and 25 who volunteer were more likely to grow up in a family where someone spent time volunteering; while 65% of youth who do not volunteer followed their non-volunteering family's lead. Further, the data showed that 60 percent of young people who volunteered came from a household where politics was discussed.