VOLUNTEER WITH US
Building One Community offers volunteers who care deeply about immigrants the opportunity to help them succeed in the community.
Much of B1C’s success is due to the commitment and compassion of our diverse group of volunteers. Your time, skills and talent make a real difference in people's lives. Through volunteering with us, you will learn about our local community, connect with other volunteers, and find a stronger sense of purpose.
HOW IT WORKS
Schedule a tour if you'd like or receive our digital orientation manual.
Register as a volunteer.
Our volunteer manager will follow up with specific opportunities.
Log your hours on your Personal Volunteer Site. Fill out the form and use the link that is emailed. Thank you for logging your hours!
Log Your Hours
There are many opportunities available for individuals as well as groups, families, faith and civic groups. We are always looking for tutors to help us teach English language learners (ELL). Our adult students range from ages 18 to 80 and most come to Stamford with little to no English-speaking skills. We provide study materials necessary for you to use during the sessions and offer training if you need it. Please come in and tour our facility. We will match your interests and schedule with opportunities at the center.
Join us in providing these valuable services to our community. We offer volunteer opportunities in the following areas:
- Teaching and tutoring English Language Learning (ELL) classes
- Job skills training
- Homework help
- Personal support services
- Data entry
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We have both adult and youth volunteers. Youth volunteers must be 14 years of age in order to volunteer individually. Anyone under 14 years old must have a parent or responsible adult present whenever volunteering in one of our group opportunities.
It is B1C policy that volunteer tutoring and mentoring be conducted at our center on 75 Selleck Street. We will occasionally ask volunteers to assist at partner locations, including the Stamford Public Schools, or at an off-site fundraising venue.
Fluency in another language other than English is not required unless an opportunity specifically calls for it. We currently serve clients who originally come from 56 different countries so Spanish is not required.
Most of our volunteers come from varied backgrounds and having a teaching background is not required. What we do ask is that you speak clearly, loudly and slowly. We also ask that you follow our ELL class structure with the help of our ELL Teacher Guide.
You can shadow or co-teach an ELL class to see if it's a good match for you. You can also try ELL tutoring a smaller group.
Sometimes our students may not make it to their already scheduled tutoring session. Even though we make every effort to coordinate between clients and volunteers these instances will happen. We ask that our volunteers remain flexible and open to performing other volunteer tasks.
Keeping track of volunteer hours is crucial. We not only value your time and effort, but we also need a record of service hours so we can apply for grants that will help fund us.
You bet you do! Any time you spend planning or organizing for your volunteer opportunity must be logged. This includes any time spent planning lessons, photocopying, etc.
Once you register to volunteer you will receive a monthly newsletter containing information about current opportunities. You can also contact the Volunteer Manager directly by emailing here in order to find out about new opportunities.
You can go to your Personal Volunteer Site by clicking on the Log Your Hours button a the top of this page.
Our youth service program strongly promotes independence, responsibility, and self-confidence. If you are interested in volunteering you can register online or reach out to our Volunteer Manager directly at [email protected].
Please note that youth can start volunteering independently at 14 years of age or older. We have many youth volunteer opportunities available after school, on the weekend, during school breaks and summer months.
Become a teacher, tutor or assessor for our Monday and Wednesday night classes.
Join our youth-led volunteer group on Saturdays from 11-12:30 pm. Sign up only for the Saturdays you are available.
Represent B1C and our mission at your school, church, social club or sports team. Run a fundraiser to sponsor a movie night, help promote an event through social media or collaborate with B1C to create your own volunteer project.
Help with Homework on Tuesdays and Thursdays form 4-5 pm.
SUMMER PROGRAMS AND INTERNSHIPS:
Join our summer reading program, intern in an area of interest, develop a special program. Internships are available in the summer and during the school year.