Volunteers Are at the Core of CVABE's Work

Volunteers have been at the heart of CVABE’s operations since the organization’s earliest days.  We value our volunteers’ various roles in “local partnerships in learning” throughout the tri-county region.  Our volunteers, members of the communities in which our adult students live, provide critical support and encouragement.

More than 100 volunteers work with CVABE each year.  Many serve as teachers.  Others support the organization’s mission in a variety of other ways.  Those who teach and mentor provide thousands of hours of service to students as they work towards earning a high school diploma or GED, enhance their computer skills to upgrade their employment, learn English as a new language, or develop basic literacy skills in reading, writing and math.

Being a volunteer is extremely rewarding, educational, exciting and fun.  You can have a huge impact on the lives of your fellow community members.

A Variety of Volunteer Opportunities

CVABE volunteers work in conjunction with our staff to access local resources and move the community toward full literacy.  All CVABE volunteers provide the organization’s students with dynamic links to their larger community.

There are a variety of volunteer opportunities in action throughout the organization as described below.  At the same time, we are always eager to hear other ideas for innovative activities to better promote adult education and literacy in central Vermont.

What does a teaching volunteer doTeachers/tutors work in partnership with staff Teacher/Community Coordinators, the Volunteer Coordinator and other volunteers to help adult and teenage students make progress toward achieving their academic and career goals and move the community toward full literacy. They help students with reading, writing, math, computer skills, and English Language Learning. Volunteer Teachers also support a student’s progress in achieving a high school diploma, equivalent (GED) or transition into career and further education.

What does a volunteer mentor doMentors work in partnership with staff Teacher/ Community Coordinators, the Volunteer Coordinator and other volunteers to help adult and teenaged students progress toward achieving their academic and career goals.  Mentors help assure student success and are role models and helpers working within appropriate professional boundaries.  Mentors serve as another point of contact, assisting students with: regular participation, ongoing persistence, confidence building, self-esteem, problem-solving skills, and other life skills. Mentors may or may not be involved in the academic portion of a student’s learning plan.

What does a volunteer receptionist doReceptionists help to create a welcoming, orderly, and supportive atmosphere for learning center staff, students, volunteers and walk-ins. They greet those who come into our center, help with telephone coverage and message taking, sometimes use office equipment, and assist with mailings, filing, and organizing.

What does a volunteer professional development instructor doProfessional development instructors work closely with the Volunteer Coordinator and other staff or volunteers, as appropriate, to develop and/or provide content or topic specific professional development opportunities for CVABE volunteers and staff.  Professional development opportunities are designed to meet the mission, goals and objectives of the organization.

What does a volunteer outreach/program operations supporter doThe Outreach/Operations Supporter works closely with the Outreach Coordinator and other staff to assist with getting the word out about CVABE’s programs to recruit students and inform the community about the work of the organization. Participating with program planning and evaluation may also be an element of this work.

What does a learning center volunteer maintenance person / carpenter do? These individuals assist with learning center upkeep and maintenance tasks and have special skills with handling minor fixes inside or outside of the center.  They may paint, put together or repair learning center furnishings, install a white board, shelf, etc., or help with other similar activity.

What does a volunteer board member doBoard members are legally and ethically responsible for all activities of the organization and have the ultimate responsibility, stewardship and accountability for the organization.  They are responsible for the employment and evaluation of the organization’s Executive Director.  They take an active role in fundraising efforts, contribute financially to the organization and advocate for the organization’s work.

Volunteer and Training Meetings

Just as our volunteers partner with their students, we also hope that our volunteers will partner with one another. To help facilitate this, we hold one or more yearly meetings for volunteers in each of our six learning centers. These meetings are a great way for our volunteers to network, share experiences, share “teaching tips” and hear from staff members.

If you are thinking about volunteering with CVABE, these meetings are a great way to learn more about what you can expect. Check our calendar for meeting dates.

We encourage you to attend any of these meetings, in any of the learning centers, whenever convenient for you. Feel free to bring a friend or family member who may be interested in volunteering at CVABE. It is always fun, stimulating, and refreshing to meet others who support CVABE’s mission to bring full literacy to our neighbors in Washington, Orange and Lamoille counties.

We also encourage you to ask for additional meetings or training on specific topics as needs arise. We will make every effort to accommodate your training needs.

Sincere thanks to the following donors who generously supported the development of this website:

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The Agnes M. Lindsay Trust

The Oakland  Foundation