Education & Literacy - Service Learning Opportunities

 GS Book Harvest Book Harvest
2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard
Durham, NC 27707
Daniele Berman - Operations Manager
(252) 497-BOOK

Book Harvest provides books to Triangle children in need. We are a non-profit organization which aspires to create a book-rich home environment for Triangle children growing up in poverty. We help low-income children build home libraries of books that they have chosen, and in the process, to start school ready to learn, to combat summer learning loss once they are in school, and to self-identify as readers. We believe books are a vital tool to help all kids succeed in school and in life. We partner with caring citizens and community groups to collect new and gently used children’s books and to place these books in the hands and homes of children who need them. Since 2011, Book Harvest has provided more than 230,000 donated books to under-served children throughout the Triangle. We rely on volunteers and book donors to make all this possible! Here are specific volunteer opportunities with Book Harvest: We need volunteers to run book drives in their neighborhoods, at their schools, with their scout troops, and at their places of worship. Student book drive captains need to work with adult supervisors; we provide the template language, signs, and instructions. Our book drive toolkit can be found here. We especially need leaders to organize book drives in advance of our biggest event of the year, our Dream Big Book Drive held at the Carolina Theatre of Durham on MLK Day.
 GS CHPL Chapel Hill Public Library
100 Library Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Stephen Ashley, Teen Engagement Specialist
 GS El Centro Hispano El Centro Hispano
201 W. Weaver Street
Carrboro, NC 27510

Do you like to help kids succeed at school? We are looking for you! We help kids with their homework and we help them improve their reading and comprehension skills. Join us as a homework helper!
GS Human Rights Center  Human Rights Center of Chapel Hill & Carrboro
201 W. Weaver Street
Carrboro, NC 27510
Chloe Imus, Volunteer Coordinator

HRC offers a free after-school tutoring program (for K-6th grade students) Monday through Thursday 3-5 pm. While the majority of our volunteers are UNC students, we also accept local high school volunteers. Volunteer tutors help local elementary and middle school students by providing homework assistance as well as math/reading help. Moreover, through this program, HRC promotes the learning of computer and social skills through educational games conducted by many enthusiastic and eager student volunteers like you! Groceries from TABLE will be distributed to the students of the after-school tutoring program each Thursday.
 GS ISLA ISLA (Immersion for Spanish Language Acquisition)
328 Forbush Mountain Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Classes are held at St. Thomas More
Jenice Ramirez

We need volunteers in 3 categories (all must speak Spanish). 1) Classroom helpers: There will be clipboards in the classroom with activities. You may pick a clipboard up and read the instructions and work with students one-on-one. You can also help with centers and assisting students when needed. You will need to eventually attend a free "Safe Environment Training" in order to be able to work with the students alone or unsupervised within St. Thomas More School setting. We will provide information on where to go and when they offer these trainings. 2) Siblings group: Volunteers to help supervise the students' siblings: Siblings will be able to play outside or do educational activities. We will always have a few different options for volunteers and siblings to do while the students are in the classroom. These activities will be focused on cooking projects, science projects, or sports activities. We will have a "bag of tricks" ready for volunteers to choose from. We need volunteers to help teach parents how to speak English. 3) Parent group: There will be a teacher that will guide the parents and the volunteers will assist with parent English class. No training is needed to volunteer in this category. Our classes are from 9-12 on Saturdays (September - June) and LOTS of FUN!
 GS Orange Literacy Orange Literacy
200 North Greensboro Street
Suite C-2 Carr Mill Mall
Carrboro, NC 27510
Joy Turner - Program Director

Orange Literacy offers free individualized instruction for adults who want to improve their reading, writing, basic math and English language skills or to prepare for the GED. Volunteers are needed to perform general office duties such as answering the phones, greeting students, filing, scanning, copying, and helping with special projects. We have afternoon and evening volunteer opportunities.
 GS Refugee Support Center The Refugee Support Center
Carolina Apartments Office Building
401 NC 54 Bypass
Carrboro, NC 27510
Flicka Bateman - Director

The Refugee Support Center (RSC) is a volunteer-based organization established to serve and to promote the self-sufficiency of refugees who have resettled in Orange County, NC. As a volunteer at the RSC, one person can make a big difference in the lives of families in our community. Our volunteers range in age from 14 to 84, working in a wide array of occupations from students to professionals. The following service opportunities are available: tutoring refugee students and adults at the Center; working at the Refugee Support Center to assist refugees who visit or contact us; translating and interpreting in our office and providing computer and technical assistance to Center staff.
 GS CHCCS Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
750 South Merritt Mill Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Contact individual schools for information on landscaping, tutoring, summer school and office opportunities. Students do not receive Service Learning credit for volunteering with the PTA Thrift Shop or for participating in fundraisers that benefit school teams, clubs, organizations, programs etc. Also, students do not receive service learning credit for graded class work.