Your support matters. Your time matters. At OIC, our donors and volunteers make our success stories a reality. If you are ready to help make a difference in the lives of our students, now is the time.
GET INVOLVED! Would you like to make a difference for a child, parent, or adult learner? Do you have skills or knowledge that you are willing to share? Could you spend an hour a week teaching, helping someone learn, or mentoring? If so, the OIC Volunteer Program can match your skills with the needs of adult learners and families.
WHAT ARE VOLUNTEERS? Volunteers are people who give their time, talents, and knowledge to help others.
WHERE ARE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED? Volunteers are needed at all OIC sites in a four-county area to help children, parents, senior citizens, special populations, and adults. OIC volunteers work closely with professional educators in learning centers, libraries, housing developments, and in family, senior citizen, and community centers.
WHAT DO VOLUNTEERS DO? Important functions that volunteers perform include:
• tutoring adults in reading, writing, or mathematics;
• teaching computer literacy or keyboarding skills;
• helping new readers learn phonics and improve word recognition;
• fundraising and public relations;
• modeling developmentally appropriate activities for children;
• helping students prepare for the GED® test;
• serving as classroom aide;
• web site development and maintenance;
• mentoring good employability skills;
• developing curriculum;
• providing skills practice activities for nursing assistant students;
• researching promising adult education practices; and
• providing clerical support and building maintenance.
Many other volunteer opportunities are available. Our volunteer coordinator will work with you to match your skills and interests to the OIC program.
IS THERE TRAINING FOR VOLUNTEERS? Volunteers must participate in training. The volunteer coordinator will provide an overview of the OIC program, its philosophy and goals, an overview of the volunteer opportunities available, and specific training on the responsibilities of being a volunteer, and, most important, the theories of adult learning. Volunteers will be asked to view several videos and read materials that relate to their volunteer position. Volunteer training can usually be completed in four hours or less.
WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF OIC’S VOLUNTEER PROGRAM?
• To provide support for teachers, facilitators, and other staff in meeting the needs of our students;
• To offer opportunities for volunteers to learn and increase their knowledge and understanding of community-based organizations and adult learners;
• To provide adequate training and support for volunteers;
• To match students and volunteers in a meaningful way;
• To educate our stakeholders about the volunteer opportunities available at OIC; and
• To recognize the contributions of volunteers.
HOW DO I BECOME AN OIC VOLUNTEER? Contact volunteer coordinator Vicki Hoffman by email or by phone at 238-7318. You can also download and complete our Volunteer Information Survey and send it to Vicki at 500 Maclay Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110.
HERE IS WHAT WE NEED:
• Volunteers and in-kind contributions for our summer lunch/reading program (age-appropriate books, arts and crafts, event passes);
• Classroom volunteers (English as a Second Language tutors, math tutors, basic reading tutors, basic computer skills tutors);
• Support for our outdoor container garden and clean-up projects (weekend gardeners, seeds and plants, tools, gardening books for children);
• Monetary donations (project-specific contributions to support reading activities for children and adults);
• Books (new and gently used books for adults and children);
• Project volunteers (Summer Reading Kickoff event, BookyMobile® workers, community event volunteers, and holiday event planners).
If you can help, email Vicki Hoffman, OIC Volunteer Coordinator. You can also reach her at 238-7318.