Sawyer Elementary School — tutoring
The school year is in full swing, and Sawyer is in of volunteers to help with some of their high-ability students. These are two current needs: 1.) A volunteer to work with three high-ability third-grade math students one to two times a week, with the times being negotiable. The volunteer would design math extension activities that would have a real-world application. 2.) Two to three volunteers to work with two to three high-ability first-grade reading students one to two times a week at 10:30 to 11:10 a.m. The volunteer would read books with the students and would ask higher-order questions as they progress through the books. If you have any questions or are interested in this tutoring opportunity, please contact Arti at (515) 292-8890.
Story County Disasters — “Beyond Basic” Training
Are you interested in learning more about local relief efforts and emergency plans? Central Iowa RSVP is hosting a training for current and prospective disaster volunteers on Thursday, Nov. 16, at CrossRoad Baptist Church. Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. with presentations from 6 to 8 p.m. Join us for a fun, informative event learning from Ames Animal Control, ARES Ham Radio, and Conservation Corps Iowa’s AmeriCorps team efforts during Hurricane Harvey. Please RSVP with Teal at (515) 292-8890.
Story County Jail
Volunteers are needed to assist with the jail visitation program. Hours are 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, and from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays. Responsibilities include greeting the visitors, checking them in, escorting them to the visitation area, and assisting them with the signing out procedure. A background check will be completed on all volunteers, and training is provided. For more information, call Teal at (515) 292-8890.
Care Initiatives Hospice
Looking for caring, compassionate people in Ames to become hospice volunteers. Provide care and support to patients and families to help ensure quality of life at the end of life. Volunteers can determine their own schedule and can help by holding a hand, listening to memories and life stories, sharing special talents or providing respite to the caregiver. There are countless ways to help and change a life. We currently have a need to visit Green Hills Retirement Center and a home patient in Ames from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday. Please call Arti for more details at (515) 292-8890.
Volunteers are needed for the strength-based, one-on-one mentoring program, equipping mentors to help students from third to 12th grade discover their individual strengths and talents and identify opportunities for them to build on the ways that they are uniquely awesome. Data collected has demonstrated that this program produces a positive impact on students’ levels of hope, engagement in school, and well-being. As a result, mentees look forward to meeting with their mentors each week and have the support and encouragement they need to reach their full potential. The session happens every week for 20 minutes. A two-hour training is provided by the school. If you would like to make a difference, please call Arti at (515) 292-8890.
Orientation: Orientation for new or prospective volunteers will be 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, at the Ames RSVP office, 110 Crystal St.
Information: For more information about RSVP, please visit our website, www.rsvpvolunteer.org, like our Facebook page, Central Iowa RSVP, or call (515) 292-8890.