“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is:
What are you doing for others?” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

collage of volunteers for youth programs

Though there are many ways you can help us create positive change in the Southside Region, one of the most impactful things you can do is volunteer with STORY. If you’re interested in supporting our mission through a tax-deductible gift, visit our Donate page.

Volunteer Opportunities

STORY needs your altruistic spirit, skills, and dedication to best serve the youth in our programs. There are many ways you can get involved! Our current volunteer opportunities include:

  • Mentor in the STORY Mentoring Program
  • Math & Literacy Tutor in the ML2 After School Program

Mentor

Mentor Ben Jackson working on the computer with his mentee Dayso and program participant Messiah.

Join a growing network of engaged adults who support youth, increasing the likelihood that children in the Thomas Rolfe Public Housing community will do well in school, take on leadership positions, volunteer in the community, and avoid risky behaviors that lead to incarceration. Mentor a youth, change two lives!

Commitment:

  • Meet with your mentee 4+ hours per month for pre-planned activities
  • Serve for 9 months (one academic year), with a check-in after 4 months
  • Attend a training session before starting service

For more information about the program and the role of a mentor, click here. To sign-up, please email Sarah Wilkinson at sarah@storyva.org. The next cycle of the STORY Mentoring Program begins in September 2018.

Tutor

 

david and dayvion doing their homework together
Photo by Jay Paul

Most children served by our ML2 After School Program are behind at least one grade level in both math and reading, which will make it more difficult as they grow to find and pursue opportunities that will provide a more hopeful financial future for their families. More than anything, they need help with their coursework from dedicated adults who believe in them and encourage their success. Education is the most powerful tool we have for fighting poverty!

Commitment:

  • Tutor children in the ML2 After School Program 4+ hours per month (at least 1 hour per week)
  • Serve for at least 5 months (one academic semester)

The ML2 After School Program operates Monday through Thursday from 3:00 to 5:30 pm throughout the school year. To sign-up, please email Lili Quintana at lili@storyva.org.

Volunteer Spotlight

 

Rene with her mentee, Kiyah working on an art project.

This month’s volunteer spotlight is on Rene Peterson, a mentor in the STORY Mentoring Program. Rene approached STORY back in January 2018 about forming a volunteer partnership with Friendship Baptist Church, and with her help, STORY recruited four wonderful mentors from the congregation. Rene recently coordinated the transportation for our mentoring field trip to Crystal Lake Park, freeing up critical staff time and ensuring the field trip went off without a hitch. Rene embodies the giving spirit of volunteerism, and is incredibly dedicated to bettering her community. We are inspired by you, Rene! Thank you for your service.