COMMUNITY SERVICE ACTIVITIES FOR ATHLETES
Athletes United- Athletes United (AU) provides a free, year-round recreation sports program for Upper Valley children, directed and coached by Dartmouth varsity athletes. AU aims to provide every child with a positive extracurricular activity that builds confidence, friendships, and mentor-mentee relationships, as well as athletic skills. In addition, Athletes United expands Dartmouth student-athletes' visibility in the community, connecting them to Upper Valley children as role models and mentors. To date, more than 100 Upper Valley children have participated in the Athletes United program, and over 100 Dartmouth student-athletes, representing 19 different varsity teams, have served as coaches or in various other capacities.
Big Green Readers- Big Green Readers (BGR) is a group of about twenty Dartmouth athletes who go to Mt. Lebanon Elementary School in West Lebanon and read with students in their individual classes. The athletes go to the elementary school every Tuesday morning before classes start, typically around 8am, where they meet young students in Lebanon and help them learn how to read better and faster. The children are usually kindergarten through second graders and they look up to the athletes as they get to know them better.
CHAD: The Children's Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock is an easy, rewarding way for Dartmouth athletes to serve the upper valley community. Students can pop into the hospital whenever they wish and talk and play with these children who have lived in and out of hospitals most of their lives. Students and teams should contact Tracey Jacobi at the hospital and notify her when they will be going to visit patients. Every team should visit CHAD at least once during their season. It is a great way to realize how lucky Dartmouth athletes are to being so healthy and attending such a prestigious institution.
Contact: Tracey.E.Jacobi@Hitchcock.ORG or 603-650-3445
Dream- Directing through Recreation, Education, Adventure, and Mentoring (DREAM) was founded in 1999 by Dartmouth students that pairs college students with underprivileged children living in subsidized housing developments in Vermont. Student-Athletes involved in the program can determine how much time they can allow to spend time with the children living in these housing developments. One of Dartmouth's biggest community service programs, DREAM changes lives!
Contacts: (802) 655-9015 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Everybody Wins! - A Reading mentoring program that matches elementary school students with caring adults in six elementary schools throughout the Upper Valley. Readers meet with their student-mentees for one lunch hour each week.
Contact: (603) 643-3431, ext. 2902 or email email@example.com
Friends of Veterans, Inc. - An all-volunteer group that helps veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, seeks volunteers with telephone, personnel, bookkeeping, grant-writing, or computer skills, including Quicken and Access.
Contact: (802) 296-8368
Friends Program - The Newport-area office is seeking adult volunteers to mentor children in the Newport and Kearsarge area. Mentors would provide support, encouragement and a fun positive attitude for the children. Volunteers could meet with a child one hour per week at school or 2-4 hours/week taking the child out in the community.
Contact: (603) 863-5200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Gifford Medical Center - Located in Randolph, the Medical Center is seeking volunteers for various positions including: Assisting with Saturday and Sunday morning Coffee hours at the nursing home, running the register in the cafeteria, delivering patient meals, greeting visitors and working in the gift shop.
Contact: The Volunteer Coordinator at (802) 728-2324
Glencliff Home - The Home welcomes individuals willing to share their hobbies or talents with its elderly residents whenever possible (as little as 1hr/week). Any Volunteer work here would be great!
Contact: (603) 989-3111---Arrange a tour with Elaine or Michelle
Good Beginnings of the Upper Valley- This program needs volunteer home visitors to provide encouragement, assistance, and basic information to parents who have a newborn baby. Free Training is Provided.
Contact: (603) 298-9524
Good Neighbor Health Clinic - Health clinic in White River Junction that provides health care to uninsured low-income people in the Upper Valley. The Clinic needs doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, therapists and simply anyone to donate time to help as admissions staff, clinic managers, office assistants, and general help.
Contact: Call Janene at (802) 295-1868
Grassroot Soccer - Based in Norwich, it seeks volunteers to join the "Thank You" team-Grassroot Soccer uses soccer to teach HIV and AIDS prevention education and life-skills to youth in Africa and volunteers would assist with making thank-you calls, processing donations, and mailing and e-mailing thank you letters.
Contact: Call (802) 649-2900 or email email@example.com
Hannah House - Based in Lebanon, it seeks volunteer child-care providers, cooks, bakers, gardeners, landscapers, carpenters, and painters.
Contact: Sue Swenson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (603) 448-5339
Hartford Garden Friends - It seeks volunteers to tend the public gardens in town for a few hours a month.
Contact: (802)-295-7478 for information and no experience is required
Historic Homes of Runnemede - Located in Windsor, the Historic Homes of Runnemede seeks volunteers to work with residents by giving talks about recent travels, leading arts and crafts activities and playing games like bingo and cards.
Contact: Dianne Alden at (802)-674-6733
Lebanon Center Genesis Healthcare - This is a skilled and long-term care center primarily serving the elderly population is looking for volunteers to help with coffee hour, deliver mail, greet visitors, and share their hobbies/talents.
Contact: Keri Ann Coutu at (603) 448-2234
Indian River Mentoring: Indian River Middle School (grades 5-8) is about 20 minutes away and mentors will go to the school for an hour to meet with their "buddy" (mentee). Dartmouth athletes go to class, play outside, and help their buddies with their homework. The goal of the Indian River Middle School program is to provide young students with a college "buddy" who acts as a role model/tutor in classroom and in social settings. Many of the mentees are students with sensitive family situations or learning disabilities, and others are so bright and precocious that they just need someone older to talk to.
LEAD- Little Kids LEAD, is an organization that works with underprivileged kids from Romano Circle, a government sponsored housing community in West Lebanon, NH. The children from this low-income housing community often come from instable home environments and Dartmouth students serve as mentors and role models for these young children. Each mentor is assigned to a single mentee so that they can provide as much individual support and advice on how to be respectful and responsible people. The student-athletes involved in the program help teach the children how to be better people and improve themselves through fun and educational experiences.
Contacts: David.Putney@Dartmouth.edu or Andrew.Peisch@Dartmouth.edu or Stephanie.Gagnon@Dartmouth.edu
SEAD- Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth (SEAD) is a program run by the Tucker Foundation that brings kids from under-resourced, under-privileged communities to Dartmouth for two weeks. In these two weeks, the students take classes that aren't so much about the information that they learn, but about giving them insight into different ways of learning, perceiving the world around them and their role in it. The students come from all around the country. Students in the program hail from the Bronx, Claremont, NH, Spartanburg, SC, Schenectady, NY, and El Cerrito, CA. Students in the SEAD program qualify for the free lunch program at their schools and have to go through an application process in order to be selected into the SEAD program. Colleen Olsen, a junior on the women's lacrosse team, who is active in SEAD notes that "the ultimate goal of SEAD is to take smart, energetic, passionate kids expose them to the resources and academic challenges they need to face in order to reach their potential."
The SEAD program is geared toward ensuring that all SEAD graduates attend college. SEAD is a 3-part program that extends over three summers for each SEAD student. SEAD students first come to Dartmouth after their freshman year of high school for SEAD I where they take a robotics class that focuses on engineering principles and a humanities class that focuses on defining who they are. They then return the following summer for SEAD II where they mostly focus on environmental studies. In SEAD III after their Junior Years of High school, the focus is on college preparation and the students take a public speaking class, a personal essay-writing class and an SAT prep class. In addition to the classes that SEAD students take, they also go on many exciting group bonding trips that help the Dartmouth student-athletes and other volunteers who serve as academic coaches to bond with their students. They go on DOC-led outdoor trips such as going to Dartmouth's famous Moosilauke lodge, rock climbing, and the new outdoor ropes course near Storrs Pond.
Thetford Mentoring: Thetford is an elementary school about 10 minutes from Dartmouth. As a mentor you will be paired with a "buddy" at the school between 1st and 6th grade whom you will visit once a week throughout the term for about an hour each visit. (The program also runs in the winter and spring, so you can keep the same buddy as long as you are a mentor!) You will spend time with your buddy either in class or at recess, helping them with reading, homework, and just being a friend. This is a great opportunity to help develop connections with young kids in the community and serve as a positive influence in their lives.
For other ideas contact Virginiahttp://www.dartmouth.edu/~tucker/dcs/