If your church has been looking for a way to serve your community, look no further.
Narce Ozuna, the Woodview Elementary School CIS staff person, knew the ins and outs of the school and which children were academically at risk. Together, Leiselle and Narce were able to brainstorm ideas about how the church could make a significant impact. Within a few weeks, Narce’s small Reading Buddies program increased substantially through the more than 20 St. Francis volunteers who stepped up to help make a difference at Woodview.
2) Find out who your school point person will be, and have one point person on the church side. This helps simplify the coordination of your volunteers for the school – school staff and teachers are busy! Let’s serve humbly, compassionately, and graciously – for their benefit and not ours.
3) Don’t reinvent the wheel! Many school districts have Community Relations departments with excellent programs that volunteers can serve through. Many schools also have Communities in Schools staff, social workers, and counselors who know how volunteers can make the greatest impact. Click here for program/curriculum recommendations.