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.

AmeriCorps VISTA

AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) members are passionate and committed to their mission to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. They focus their efforts to build the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities. At CIS, VISTAs have the opportunity to expose K-12 students to college and career exploration opportunities.

Sparks begin in many ways.