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

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.

62.6 million people volunteered in 2015STORY is breaking the cycle of poverty and rewriting the story of hopelessness that has come to define too many lives in our community.

But we can’t do it without a dedicated team of volunteers. Join STORY’s dynamic group of volunteers and become one of the 62.6 million people in the United States who give their time to worthy causes each year. STORY needs your skills, altruism, and energy in order to renew minds and restore hope in Virginia’s Southside region.

Volunteer Opportunities

 
ML2 After School Program Assistant

Position Description: ML2 After School Program Assistants assist the program facilitator with supervising, engaging with, and tutoring children in our ML2 After School Program. Other duties may include assisting with parent social events, administrative tasks, and program evaluation. Specific duties are flexible based on each individual applicant’s interests and skills.

girl on a swing smiling
Youth on the playground can swing so much higher with an extra push! ML2 program assistants are that extra push on the playground and in the classroom.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with disadvantaged youth
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • 16 years or older
  • Lives in or near Hopewell, VA

Volunteer Hours: The ML2 After School Program operates Monday–Thursday, 2:30–5:30 pm during the academic year. Volunteers must give a minimum of 1 hour per week.

Location: Thomas Rolfe Community Center, Hopewell, VA.

Reports To: Executive Director

By volunteering with STORY, you can:

  • Gain interpersonal skills and experience working with disadvantaged youth
  • Build relationships with program staff, program participants, and local community members
  • Directly contribute to the improvement of youth education outcomes
  • Take on new responsibilities and cater your volunteer duties directly to your interests

Interested candidates should send an email to sarah@storyva.org to begin the screening process, which involves an application, background check, and interview.

ML2 Math & Literacy Tutor

For youth who can’t read at grade level by the end of 4th grade, two out of every three will end up in jail or on welfare. Children from low-income families are much more likely to fall behind than their more affluent peers. Early intervention is key.

Position Description: ML2 Math & Literacy Tutors assist the program facilitator with tutoring children in our ML2 After School Program with the goal of improving math and literacy test scores and skills. Tutors with particularly robust skills in math or reading can focus their tutoring efforts based on their own expertise.

Homework time is an important part of the ML2 After School Program, and tutors are needed to help!

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience tutoring youth
  • Experience working with disadvantaged communities
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • 16 years or older
  • Lives in or near Hopewell, VA

Volunteer Hours: The ML2 After School Program operates Monday–Thursday, 2:30–5:30 pm during the academic year. Volunteers must give a minimum of 1 hour per week.

Location: Thomas Rolfe Community Center, Hopewell, VA.

Reports To: Executive Director

By volunteering with STORY, you can:

  • Gain transferable tutoring skills and experience working with disadvantaged youth
  • Foster positive youth development and ignite a love for learning in youth participants
  • Build relationships with program staff, program participants, and local community members
  • Shrink the gap between reading and math scores of low-income children and their more affluent peers

Interested candidates should send an email to sarah@storyva.org to begin the screening process, which involves an application, background check, and interview.

STORY Mentor

Youth who are most in need of a mentor are least likely to have one. STORY is working to make sure that any child in the Southside Region who asks for a mentor in their life has one.

Program Description: The STORY Mentoring Program currently serves children grades K-8 in the Thomas Rolfe Public Housing Community in Hopewell, Virginia. The program matches volunteer mentors with an at-risk youth who has expressed interest in having a mentor. Mentors and mentees connect in a one-on-one setting 2+ times per month under the continual supervision of program staff.

boy holding a red swing
Youth living in the communities we serve often lack natural role models, and need a mentor to fill in the gap.

In this role, mentors will:

  • Spend at least 4 hours per month with their mentee at the Thomas Rolfe Community Center
  • Engage their mentee in activities designed to set goals, encourage creative expression, and build self-esteem
  • Take the lead in supporting a young person through an ongoing, one-to-one relationship
  • Serve as a positive role model and friend by striving for mutual respect
  • Collaborate with program staff to ensure safe, positive relationship development

Time Commitment:

  • Make a minimum commitment of 4 months
  • Meet your mentee for at least two hours twice per month for one-on-one activities
  • Attend an initial two-hour training session before starting service
  • Attend optional mentor/mentee group events, professional development sessions, and program recognition events

Qualifications:

  • 18 years or older
  • Reside in or near the Hopewell area
  • Able to pass a background check
  • Must be prepared to commit 4+ hours per month for a minimum of 4 months
young girl smiling at the camera
By mentoring, you can be a ladder for a child in need. Through their relationship with you, they will have an enhanced ability to climb out of poverty.

Location: All mentors and mentees meet at the Thomas Rolfe Community Center.

Reports To: Mentoring Program Coordinator

By mentoring with STORY, you can:

  • Experience the joy of watching the relationship with your mentee grow  
  • Relish in helping someone mature, expand their horizons, and achieve goals
  • Build your interpersonal communication skills and grow your capacity for acceptance and compassion
  • Pay homage to the mentor who made a difference in your life
  • Access a network of ongoing support to help you succeed in your role
  • Offer program feedback that helps improve outcomes for everyone

By becoming a mentor, you join a growing network of engaged adults who care about youth, increasing the likelihood that children in our community will do well in school, take on leadership positions, volunteer in the community, participate in extracurricular activities, graduate from college, and avoid entering the criminal justice system.

Interested candidates should send an email to sarah@storyva.org to begin the application process. Applicants must pass background check to be eligible to mentor. Training is provided.

You can also see our volunteer listings on HandsOn Greater Richmond’s website.