Service Opportunities Spring 2015
Click a category below to see site options, or just browse this page to see everything.A note on times: The starting time indicated is when the Community Service van will leave from Donnelly Hall. The ending time is the approximate arrival time back at Marist. Please leave yourself a little extra time. For example, if you have a class that starts at 2:00, do not sign up for a service placement that ends at 2:00.
Take your fellow volunteers safely to and from their sites. Must be 18 and have a valid driver's license. Shifts are 1.5-2.5 hours.
Times: Many shifts available, especially on Wednesdays. Just tell us what times you are free during the week (8:30am-5:30pm) on your sign-up form. We need about 26 van drivers for the volunteer program to run smoothly, so please consider signing up!
Astor Head Start
A school-readiness program for toddlers through pre-K. You'll assist in a classroom setting. Spanish speaking is a plus. Creativity is encouraged- bring a musical instrument or sporting equipment to show the kids, teach them a song or a game, tell them what college is like! If you sign up for 9-11, indicate if you would like to work in the Nurturing Room with the toddlers (18 months +). If you have not volunteered here before, orientation is required. Orientation is Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 11am-1pm. MEN NEEDED in addition to women.
Times: Monday through Thursday, 9-11 or 11-1
Poughkeepsie Child Development Center
A preschool/ kindergarten/ daycare center located just up the road from Marist. You'll be helping in a classroom setting. Spanish speaking is a plus.
Times: Monday or Tuesday 9-11; Tuesday or Thursday 2:30-4:30
Violet Avenue School
A public elementary school for grades K-5 in the town of Poughkeepsie. Help out in the classroom, in the library, or at lunch/ recess.
Times: Monday through Wednesday, 11:30-1:30 or 1:30-3:30; Thursday 1:30-3:30.
Holy Trinity School
A Catholic K-8 school in the town of Poughkeepsie. If you have not volunteered here before, orientation is required.
Times: Wednesday, 8:30-10:30 or 12:30-2:30; Tuesday 2:45-4:45, or Thursday, 3-5
Regina Coeli School
A Catholic K-8 school in Hyde Park. If you have not volunteered here before, orientation is required.
Times: Monday or Friday 11:30-1:30, 2:45-4:45; Wednesday 2:45-4:45 (later times are for after school program).
St. Peter's School
A Catholic K-8 school in Hyde Park. During the school day volunteers are needed to teach computer classes, work with ESL students, coach sports (especially track) and help in the lunchroom. Indicate your interests on the sign up form. If you have not volunteered here before, orientation is required.
Times: Monday or Friday, 11:30-1:30, 2:45-4:45 (later time is for after school program)
Harriet Tubman Academic Skills Program
An after-school program for at-risk children in the city of Poughkeepsie, K-8. Monday through Thursday: help the kids with homework. Friday: special activities, including dance, cooking, and arts and crafts.
Times: Monday through Friday, 3:30-5:30
Bridges to Hope Tutoring
A small one-on-one tutoring and homework help program. K-8.
Time: Wednesday, 3:15-5:15
Family Services After School Program
Bring your skills and interests to work with elementary-aged children in the city of Poughkeepsie. Lead a sports activity, a performing arts activity, tutor kids, etc. Bring your ideas and energy! Orientation requred.
Times: Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday 2-4
A homework center for City of Poughkeepsie students grades 3-8.
Times: Monday through Thursday, 3:00-5:00
Holy Trinity, St. Peter's, and Regina Coeli After School Programs: See above under Elementary Schools
Pines of Poughkeepsie Nursing Home
Visit with patients and lead games and activities during their recreation time. Come with lots of ideas and initiative!
Time: Monday or Friday, 1:45-3:45. Also the possibility of a morning schedule (not definite yet).
Dress For Success
An organization that provides interview suits, work wardrobes, and job support for disadvantaged women. Organize the Dress For Success boutique, sort donated clothes, and help in the office. Three volunteers maximum. If you have your own car, you may also help with suitings for clients; see "Cars Only" section for more information.
Time: Monday, 1:45-3:45
Lunch Box Soup Kitchen
Prepare meals (morning shift) or serve meals (lunchtime shift) for people in need in Poughkeepsie. The Lunch Box provides free meals to those who need them every day of the week.
Times: Wednesday, 9:00am-11:00am or 11:00am-1:00pm. Thursday, 9:00am-11:00am, Friday, 11:00am-1:00pm
For these sites, I will put you in touch with the site coordinator. You can work out your own schedule with them!
Volunteers pick up unused food from the Dining Hall and deliver it to Hillcrest House, an emergency homeless shelter in Poughkeepsie. This takes less than an hour, and you can do it with a friend or two. We need people every day of the week!
Times: M-F, 9:00pm
Dress For Success
Volunteers are needed to help with sorting and organizing clothes and sometimes suitings (fitting women who have job interviews with appropriate clothing).
Assist in leading a Girl Scout troop in the area.
Suited to Succeed Volunteers are needed to help with sorting and organizing clothes.