A story outlining a push to dramatically expand the Schools of Hope volunteer program in Sonoma County schools ran in today’s paper (read it here http://bit.ly/OBmgYH). The partnership of United Way of the Wine Country and the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County are hoping to recruit 500 new volunteers to the Schools of Hope program which asks for an hour commitment each week (30 minutes with a student and 30 minutes to account for travel, preparation time).

But Schools of Hope isn’t the only program that is in need of volunteers. The Literacy Connection, run by the Volunteer Center, can use volunteers who are willing to work with students of all ages (Schools of Hope focuses on first, second and third graders).

Volunteers are needed to help with reading and math skills for kindergarten through sixth graders; to provide after school algebra assistance for seventh and eighth graders; and to help with after school study hall with high school students who need help in a variety of subjects.

For more information on the Literacy Connection, contact Barbara Fisher at 573-3399 x122 or mail bfisher@volunteernow.org