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Volunteer

We are currently accepting new volunteers! Please apply here if you are interested in volunteering. Volunteers must be at 16 or older (no exceptions).

We seek to help our students improve their grades and foster a positive attitude towards learning. Most of our volunteers serve as tutors for our students, helping them complete academic materials. These volunteers also often serve as mentors for our students, encouraging them to dream big and develop a love for learning in all areas of their lives. You can learn what a typical day at VU is like below!

We also welcome volunteer support in other professional service areas, including finance, grant writing, and non-profit management. Please email us if you are interested in volunteering your skills.

Join Our Community

We are a community of dedicated volunteers that always welcome new members!

Make A Difference

We often have the same students in our program for years, giving volunteers the chance to see them learn and grow!

Build Connections

Our students often look up to our volunteers as mentors and role models!

Homework Assistance Program

The VU Homework Assistance program operates during the school year every Monday through Wednesday from 4:30 ­­- 6:00 p.m.

Volunteers work with children in grades 1-6 for one, 90-minute session per week. You may be paired up with an individual student or with a small group of students.

A typical session looks like the following:

1. Meet your student
At the beginning of every session, we match each student with a volunteer. We rotate it up to allow students and volunteers opportunities to work with someone new. Once we pair you up for the session, students grab their bins and a healthy snack and chat with you to get settled in.

2. Provide academic help
You will work with students to complete their homework and other provided academic materials. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a math whiz! Most of our students are still learning basic reading, writing, and math.

  • Help students complete math worksheets: The students focus on basic counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. For more advanced levels, we have plenty of volunteers who are willing to help if you find your math skills are a bit rusty.
  • Guide students through reading exercises: Students have daily reading worksheets to help them build and learn the fundamental skills of phonics and grammar. They also choose a library book to read for 20 minutes each day. You will help by listening as the student reads aloud, and providing corrections and guidance with comprehension and vocabulary.
  • Assist students with writing: Some of the students are learning basic letters and words, whereas others are writing sentences and paragraphs. You will help students complete daily writing worksheets to learn about writing technique, such as capitalization and punctuation, as well as help them as they complete a writing prompt.


3. Participate in clean-up activities
At the end of each session, you will record updates about your time with the student in a booklet. You will also ensure the student cleans up their materials before they leave.

At the close of each session, you are encouraged to talk to a board member to discuss how the day went. It’s also a great time to chat with other volunteers and meet others in the community!