About Our Community Partners

Spring 2014 Community Partners

Note: many Community Partners require supplementary applications, orientations, and/or background checks. Please check their websites for further information.

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

AVID is an elementary through post-secondary college readiness program that is designed to increase learning and performance. The AVID system accelerates student learning, uses research based methods of effective instruction, provides meaningful and motivational professional development, and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change. Tutors are essential to the success of the AVID program. As students from colleges and universities, tutors receive formal training and also serve as role models.

Available volunteer hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 3:40 pm 
Volunteers are required to volunteer once a week, in two to three hour blocks.

This site accessible by UM Shuttle Services or can use the TerpService van to drive themselves. Allow 45 minutes for travel by bus and 20 minutes by van.

A supplemental application, background check, and fingerprinting are mandatory.

Find out more at: www.avid.org

Calvary Women’s Services (Calvary)

Calvary Women's Services is a DC nonprofit that provides housing and support services to homeless women. Calvary is more than a safe place to temporarily stay. It provides women education programs, employment opportunities, personal support from case managers, mental health services, addiction recovery support and much more. Calvary takes a holistic approach to provide the best possible services to women in the community. Calvary Women's Services includes two programs. Calvary Women's Shelter is a 25-bed transitional housing program for women in need. Support services ensure that women who stay at the shelter are able to make positive steps toward independence. Pathways is a longer-term program offering stability and support for 10 women who have been chronically homeless.

Volunteers handle resident concerns, assist staff, and do walk-throughs of the facility. Volunteers are also responsible for breakfast in the morning and see the residents out at 7:00 a.m., but the bulk of volunteer time is spent building community and getting to know the ladies. Staff members are always on site to answer questions.

Available Volunteer Hours: Any day of the week, 9:00 pm to 8:15 am
This is ONLY an overnight volunteer position. Overnight shifts are self-scheduled, and volunteers are required to volunteer at least twice a month.

This site is metro accessible. Allow 50 minutes for travel.

A supplemental application and background check are mandatory.

Find out more at: www.calvaryservices.org

CentroNía

CentroNía is a nationally accredited educational organization that provides affordable quality education programs, professional development, and family-support services in a bilingual, multicultural environment to more than 5,000 children, youth, and families in the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area. Volunteers will be assigned a tutee that they will work with for the entirety of the semester. Tutors help children with math and reading.

Available Volunteer Hours: Monday-Thursday 4:00-6:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am-12:15 pm

Volunteers are required to volunteer once a week.

This site is metro accessible. Allow 35 minutes for travel.

A supplemental application and background check are mandatory.

Find out more at: www.centronia.org

College and Career Pathways: Northwestern High School (Northwestern)

College and Career Pathways offers school-site and community-based college access and career exploration services to students throughout Prince George's County and the greater DC Metro area. The program strives to ensure that each student graduates from high school with a plan for achieving their educational and career goals. The program provides ongoing and consistent academic support and remediation through weekly tutoring opportunities.

Available Volunteer Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 4:30-5:30 pm

This site is accessible by UM Shuttle services. Allow 20 minutes for travel.

A supplemental application and background check are mandatory.

Find out more at: www.collegeandcareerpathways.org

Community Forklift

Community Forklift is no ordinary home improvement or environmental protection center. It’s both! The organization provides low-cost building materials to our College Park community. Donations from homeowners and contractors allow for environmental preservation in two ways: gently used furniture and other supplies are kept out of landfills and incinerators, and the environmental damage caused by producing new building materials is eliminated.

Available Volunteer Hours: Thursdays, 1-4 pm

Site coordinators will drive volunteers to site. Allow 15 minutes for travel.

Find out more at: www.communityforklift.org

Little Lights Urban Ministries (Little Lights)

Little Lights Urban Ministries empowers under-served youth and families in Washington, D.C., particularly those living in the Potomac Gardens public housing unit. The organization takes a holistic approach to caring for the well-being of each child to come through their programs.

Homework Club 
LLUM tries to pair students one-on one with volunteers, to give them individual attention and help. They serve both elementary (K-4th grade) and middle school students (5th-8th grades). The elementary kids work in three 30-minute rotations, and the middle school kids work in two rotations. 

Available Volunteer Hours: Tuesday-Friday 3:30-6:00 pm

Volunteers are required to volunteer once a week.

Reading & Math Heroes 
This is a one-to-one tutoring program for both math and reading. Reading happens on Tuesdays and Thursdays focus on Math. LLUM has a pre-planned curriculum that is tailored to each child. When you arrive you can get your child's lesson plan and go over it before the session begins. At 6pm the elementary students have a large group activity (the tutors can sit with their student during this time), then at 6:15 the group breaks up and you have one-on-one time with your student. Tutoring ends at 7pm. After the kids go home, the tutors help clean and have a short debriefing time to discuss issues or questions.

Available Volunteer Hours: Tuesday (Reading) & Thursday (Math), 6:00-7:30 pm 
Volunteers are required to volunteer once a week.

Orientation: Saturday, February 22nd from 10 am - 2 pm.

This site is metro accessible. Allow 50 minutes for travel.

A supplemental application and background check are mandatory.

Find out more at: www.littlelights.org

MAGRUDER PARK

Magruder Park is Hyattsville's major park facility. At 32 acres, the park is overrun with invasive species of plants. These invasive species with no local predators tend to overrun native plants, disrupting the ecosystem and causing problems for both animals and people in the community. Volunteers will work with Dr. Imlay, the park ranger for Magruder, as well as other Hyattsville city park staff to identify and remove these plants and pick up trash around the park.

Available Volunteer Hours: Saturdays, 10 am – 1 pm

Volunteers must dress for the weather. Work gloves will be provided and site coordinators will drive volunteers to the site each week.

Training and orientation: TBA

Find out more at: http://www.hyattsville.org/index.aspx?nid=350

Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC)

Volunteers work on the Paint Branch Trail, which is within walking distance from campus and leads to Lake Artemesia. Volunteers pull invasive species, clean up trash, and perform trail maintenance with the park service. There may be opportunities to work in local schools teaching about the environment as well as advocacy work on campus, which takes leadership and initiative on the volunteer's part.

Available Volunteer Hours: Wednesday 4:00-5:30 pm; Thursday and Friday, 3:30-5:00 pm

Volunteers are required to be on the trail for at least three hours per week, in any combination of the hours and days listed above.

This site is within walking distance from campus. Allow 10 minutes for travel.

Find out more at: www.mncppc.org

Stamp Staff Language Partnership Program (SSLPP)

Want to directly help the UMD community? Work with the Stamp Staff Language Partnership Program! Students partner with Stamp Student Union workers to serve as speaking partners and to teach computer literacy. Curricula are established between volunteers and workers on the first day of service.

Times and locations (on-campus) vary with availability. Ensure at least three hours of service each week.

For more information regarding other Community Partners, check out Service Link!

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