One of our ArtWorks coordinators explains the program to an interested student at the annual Community Service Fair.
CommServ is comprised of individual programs that each work with a specific community partner. The groups have student coordinators, but depend upon the volunteers to make the program successful. Volunteers tutor kids, design art, visit with senior citizens, build houses and so much more. If you are interested in any program, please email the program directly. Since student coordinators only work during the semester, if it is summer please email email@example.com.
America Reads is a program that places Dickinson College students in a Carlisle elementary school to tutor young students in literacy. This federally funded program is part of the national initiative to ensure reading ability in children by age eight. Mentors help student gain necessary literary skills by reading stories, listening to students read and fostering a love for reading. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where: LeTort Elementary School
When: Volunteers can choose to go any time Monday-Friday from 1:00 to 3:00pm
This program provides a unique opportunity for local middle school youth to create and learn about various forms of art. Volunteers work with students over the course of 8 weeks to encourage imagination and artistic skill in this afterschool program. Through generous donations, there is no charge to the youths in this program. Dickinson students assist with projects, mentoring opportunities and local events put on by the program. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact: email@example.com.
Where: Carlisle Arts and Learning Center (CALC)
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:15pm to 5:30pm
ASL *not currently running*
The American Sign Language (ASL) program works with the Dickinson College Children Center to allow volunteers to teach basics of the language to their kindergartners. The program aims to increase awareness of Deaf culture while allowing safe space on campus for signers. No previous experience of sign is necessary as the coordinators will lead in teaching volunteers. Dickinson College students will spend one hour learning ASL one week in preparation for teaching during the following week. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where: Althouse 109
When: Sundays 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Big/Little (Big Brother Big Sister)
This is a mentoring program that works closely with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program of the Capital Region. Members are paired with a "little": a local elementary-aged student. "Bigs" visit with their little once a week at the little's school during lunch or recess hours. Group activities are organized monthly and there are bi-weekly big meetings to share stories, progress and problems. This program is an excellent way to form lasting relationships with local youth and to get involved in the community. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact email@example.com.
Where: Mooreland Elementary School
When: Volunteers are to schedule meetings that work best with their little's schedule as well as their own. These are typically during the lunch and recess hours of the school day. Mentor meetings are bi-monthly on Wednesday evenings.
The CARES program provides an afterschool opportunity for ESL elementary students to receive homework help and to have fun. Dickinson volunteers provide an environment that promotes emotional, social and educational success to these elementary school students. Mentors help teach children daily responsibilities and lifelong skills, as well as participate in a series of fun activities and events to promote bonding. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where: Allison Hall, Dickinson College
When: Wednesdays from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.
Carlisle Tutoring Program
Dickinson College volunteers tutor local youth across the Carlisle community. Volunteers can choose to work with any age level to assist in homework help and review sessions for all subjects and grade levels. Volunteers are then paired up through the guidance counselors of the Carlisle School District and other community agencies. Multiple tutoring opportunities and styles are available and at multiple Carlisle locations. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact email@example.com.
Where: Wilson Middle School or the YWCA.
When: Tuesdays 2:35pm to 3:30pm and Monday-Thursday 3:30pm to 4:45 pm. One on one tutoring is also available.
Composed is a program that strives to instill a long-lasting passion for music-making in youth by giving them the opportunity to create their own songs. Volunteers work with elementary school students once a week to teach them basic instrument skills and composition skills. Training is available for new volunteers. Volunteers may also assist with lesson planning, social media, and/or creating a newsletter. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where and When: LeTort Elemtary School Mondays 3:30-4:30; YWCA Tuesdays 4:30-5:30
Dickinson Friends is a mentoring program that pairs Dickinson College students with youth with special needs (both physical and mental) from the Carlisle community. Dickinson volunteers meet bi-weekly with their buddy as well as participate in monthly group events for volunteers and youth. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact email@example.com.
Where and When: Volunteers schedule bi-weekly one on ones with their buddies in a location of their choosing (either on or off campus). Dickinson Friends also host monthly group events on campus or with transportation provided.
The Dream Catchers program provides an afterschool opportunity for ESL middle school students to receive homework help and to have fun. Dickinson volunteers provide an environment that promotes emotional, social and educational success to these elementary school students. Mentors help teach children daily responsibilities and lifelong skills, as well as participate in a series of fun activities and events to promote bonding. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where: Allison Hall, Dickinson College
When: Mondays and Wednesdays 3:00pm to 5:00pm.
The ESL (English as a Second Language) program provides English classes to primarily Spanish-speaking immigrants in the Carlisle area. Working with the Employment Skills Center, volunteers are trained to tutor and support students with a variety of skill levels. Although students are primarily Spanish speakers, this program does have need for other bilingual volunteers. This program works more with adults seeking English speaking skills and GED tutoring. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact email@example.com.
Where and When: Volunteers coordinate a time and place to meet weekly with the student with whom they are paired. Group meetings occur on Sundays at 7:00pm.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity aims to build simple, decent and affordable, not for profit homes in partnership with low-income families. At Dickinson, Habitat volunteers seek to eliminate poverty and homelessness through the building and rehabilitation of homes in the Carlisle, Newville and Harrisburg neighborhoods. In doing so, volunteers assist these families in acquiring greater self-worth, economic health and positive community relations. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where and When: Habitat typically meets once a month for an hour (on campus) to discuss fundraising activities and to plan logistics for the days on the work site. Work sites vary based on the project but typically occur on Saturdays throughout the year.
Hope Station offers a number of regularly scheduled community-building events such as Kids' Café and YOuth Growth Activity (YOGA). The Keep Hope program provides volunteers to help with these after school activities for students in 6th-12th grades. Currently, the YOGA program offers "Keep Hope Garden & Café” to help teach the youth about food justice through cooking. Get involved! Let's make Change. The program was founded by Dickinson student Legacy Watkins ‘18. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact email@example.com.
Where: Hope Station
When: Hope Station Kids Cafe (Monday through Friday 1-4:30) YOGA/Keep Hope Garden & Cafe (Thursday 3:30-6:30)
Prison Inmate Tutoring
This program allows volunteers to travel to the local Carlisle prison to help assist in the tutoring of inmates who are seeking their GED. Working closely with the prison and its guidelines, Dickinson College students will spend one hour weekly with an inmate to advance their educational skills. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where: Cumberland County Prison
When: Volunteers visit weekly during the evening.
Volunteers work to provide friendship and conversation to the residents of Claremont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Dickinson College students play games, organize events and get to know the residents. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact email@example.com.
Where: Claremont Nursing Home
When: Volunteers, typically in groups, will self-schedule a weekly visit to the center.