More fun opportunities at the Boys & Girls Club!

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by Chris Hockman

Many thanks to all of the UUFP folks who have been volunteering at the Aqueduct Boys & Girls Club and the Thursday night tutoring program! We’ve also got some members who are about to get started in a one-on-one mentoring program at the club. Cheers to them!

If you’d like to get involved with the club, there are many opportunities, and some require only a small amount of time and are very flexible.

Be a drop-in volunteer

Perhaps the most flexible option, drop-in volunteers do just that – stop by the club when they can and go with the flow – helping children with homework or playing games.

Be a spring break volunteer – April 4-8

UUFP folks are making spring break more fun! Take an hour to provide a class or activity at the Boys & Girls Club. The Aqueduct club is open all day during spring break, and we’re working to provide fun and enriching activities for the kids. Arts, crafts, hands-on science projects, outdoor/indoor games, reading to young children – are all possibilities! You can choose the size and age range of the group you’d like to work with. Funds for supplies are available, and we can help you find adult co-leaders and helpers.

Be a mentor this summer for Ready 2 Work!

There’s a new short-term mentoring opportunity at the club. “Ready 2 Work” is a program for high school juniors and seniors that will take place in July and August. More details may be found in the Ready 2 Work Mentor Application Package. Although the application specifies business professionals, the club assured me that mentors from all professions/careers are needed – both working and retired. This is a great chance to make a difference in the life of a local teen!

The club needs card and board games!

Have any board games or card games collecting dust at home? The club kids love games, and they play them all the time. Unfortunately, many pieces and parts have been lost, leaving incomplete and unplayable games. If you have games to donate, please leave them on the coffee table in the Sanctuary building’s library.

Some important details

To help guarantee the children’s safety, all volunteers are required to fill out an application and background screening release (at no expense to you): bgcvp_volunteer_application

Contact me at intern@uufp.org if you’re interested in participating in any of the opportunities above or have any ideas you’d like to run by me.

Thanks for making a difference in the lives of our neighborhood kids!

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