There are many opportunities for volunteering within the program through a variety of roles:
Appleton A Better Chance (ABC) Program is looking for host families for the 2016-17 school year. In this volunteer role, families provide academically gifted students of color a “home away from home” experience two Sundays per month and one full weekend every other month. The students live with a Resident Director in the ABC house during the week and attend Appleton’s three public high schools. Their time with their host families is an opportunity to expand their community experience and be a part of a local family unit. This role spans the nine month school year as students return to their hometowns during the summer. While the time commitment is not great, it is a great opportunity to be a positive influence on a young person and form a rewarding life-long relationship. For more information, contact us.
In the evenings, tutors come to the house for a “study hall” period with the students. All of our students are required to spend time around the kitchen table, working with the tutors on their assignments from the school day. Our program employs 4-5 undergrads from Lawerence University for this role, but volunteers are needed when scheduling conflicts arise. If you have experience in teaching, or are just interested in helping out when you have time, consider becoming a tutor.
Our Board of Directors makes all of the important decisions necessary to keep the program running smoothly. Each board member is also a member of one of our sub-committees, which include Student Affairs, Fund-raising, and Nominations. Board meetings are held six times a year, with sub-comittee meetings occuring monthly or bi-monthly. Typical time commitment for a board member is 5-10 hours per month.
If you would like to become an Appleton ABC volunteer, or if you would just like some more information, simply send us an email.