- Volunteer Opportunities / Responsibilities:
MICROBUSINESS MENTORS AND FACILITATORS
The MicroBusiness Academy at b2i helps homeless and other at-risk families augment household incomes by capitalizing on their entrepreneurial talents. Volunteers may serve as facilitators, teaching the principles of managing and owning a small business, or as mentors, encouraging and supporting participants in the program.
Tutors work one-on-one with adult clients or youth who need assistance with a specific subject. Topics might include ESL, GED, CNA certification, computer literacy, job application help, or another subject. Tutors and students typically meet once or twice a week for a period of at least two months. Volunteers may be asked to plan lessons.
Volunteers assist children ages 5-13 with their homework assignments after school. The Homework Help program runs every evening, M-Th, during the school year. Volunteers commit to attending once a week for at least two months.
HOMEWORK HELP BACKUP TEAM
Backup Team members substitute for Homework Helpers when they cannot attend. There is no time commitment. Backup Team members may also be asked to assist with field trips and movie nights.
SKIT (SUPPORT FOR KIDS IN TRANSITION)
Through the SKIT program, groups of volunteers organize and lead fun activities for at-risk kids. Activities may include a party, a craft night, a science experiment, or a trip to the playground. The program takes place on select weeknights. SKIT Volunteers may also coordinate Friday or Saturday field trips.
Our adult clients often attend classes here at b2i on Saturdays. Volunteers are needed to keep clients’ children happy and entertained so their parents can focus on learning.
COMMUNITY WORK DAYS
Several times each year, groups of volunteers help b2i by tending the garden, cleaning the premises, doing yard work, and assisting with various administrative tasks. Groups typically include 5-20 people.
FURNITURE MOVING ASSISTANCE
When clients move out of Sullivan House, they usually need help moving furniture out of storage units or the homes of donors. Volunteers, especially those with trucks or vans, are needed to help with this process.
b2i relies on the support of volunteers to assist with letter writing, data management and other miscellaneous tasks. Administrative volunteers typically come in during weekday work hours or work on projects from home.
• All volunteers must complete a volunteer application.
• Volunteers on b2i premises must be at least 18 years old.
• Volunteers who interact directly with clients must complete a background check.
- Types of Volunteers Needed: individual/adult; adult groups of less than 5; adult groups of 6 or more, including corporate teams
- Hours Needed: business hours during the week; evenings during the week; daytime on the weekend