An Hour A Week Can Change A Life

“Young people thrive when adults care about them on a one-to-one level and they have a sense of belonging to a caring community.”

Bill Milliken, Founder, Communities In Schools

An hour a week of your time can help a student in Kalamazoo Public Schools:

Stay and succeed in school
Improve in math or reading
Gain self-esteem and confidence
Have food for the weekend
Be ready for college and a career
Fulfill his or her Promise

You can change the life of a young person right here in your community.

Ways to Volunteer

One-on-one tutoring

Some kids need help with math or reading, while others are hoping for someone to listen to them, to talk and laugh with, someone whom they can depend on to be there—just for them.

Classroom support

Classroom helpers support teachers in a variety of ways. Responsibilities might include working with students (individually or in small groups) or performing other tasks such as copying, cutting and sorting that help keep the classroom running smoothly.

After school helper

Help students in individual or small groups build skills in academic areas in addition to supporting students’ self-esteem, self-confidence, and educational and career goals.

Specialized Interns & Volunteers

CIS is currently looking for interns and volunteers to fill special support roles. These individuals would serve as capacity builders to support the CIS mission. Specialized roles, depending on interests and skills, could include working with food packs, the CIS Kids’ Closet, the Mobile Health Clinic/Dental Van, or addressing food insecurity needs. Interns majoring in Interdisciplinary Health, Social Work, Family & Consumer Sciences and other related studies can incorporate these roles into their placement.

Sparks begin in many ways.
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