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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. If you would like to receive more details about our current opportunities please email B1C’s volunteer team at [email protected]

HOW IT WORKS

1

Schedule a tour if you'd like or receive our digital orientation manual.

2

Register as a volunteer.

3

Our volunteer team will follow up with specific opportunities.

4

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!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

There are 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 or contact the volunteer team at [email protected]. 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
  • Technology tutor

  • Job skills training
  • Homework help
  • Personal support services

 

As of January 2022, proof of vaccination is needed to enter B1C.

youth volunteer

Georgia

This place has opened my eyes.  It's definitely a different environment , even though it's so close to where I live.

Volunteer

Don

My students are so alive and yearning to learn more English. It's so gratifying to find people who are trying so hard and feel grateful.

Idania

Idania

B1C does its best to help others, no matter your color or race. They offer many programs and activities and they also provide a place to socialize.

Youth Volunteer

Chiara

It has been a great experience. Just getting to know the people here, it's like becoming a part of a family.

Jeffrey

Jeffrey

I've been an interpreter and I've also worked with computer literacy programs... by just doing simple things like these I can make a big impact.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES JUNE 2022

Must be a rising high school sophomore or older.

Description: provide classroom instruction and assistance to teachers in our Summer Reading Program for elementary school children. Provide support during enrichment activity immediately before the start of the Summer Reading Program.
Responsibilities: reinforce reading lessons, tutor individual students or small groups, oversee lesson preparations.
Skills needed: experience with mentoring or tutoring elementary school aged children.
Schedule and time commitment: this program runs from June 27th to July 29th. Program hours are 5-7pm Monday - Wednesday. Sexual Abuse Awareness training for new in-coming volunteers is mandatory.
• Training and supervision: Family and Individual Services and Springboard staff. 
Resources available: Family and Individual Services staff and Springboard staff.
Remote/onsite/hybrid position: on site at 417 Shippan Avenue, but may need to switch to remote if needed

 

Must be at least 14 years of age. This opportunity is for high school students only. We emphasize responsibility, independence, communication and leadership skills. 

·     Description: tutor an adult immigrant English in person at B1C in one-on-one sessions.

·     Responsibilities: tutor and plan sessions independently.

·     Skills needed: ability to speak slowly and clearly. Patience and flexibility.

·     Schedule and time commitment: sign up as available at least one day before session. Sessions available Saturday morning onsite at B1C 11am-12:30pm.

·     Training and supervision: ELL program staff and Youth Group leaders.

·     Resources available: ELL books, worksheets and ELL online library.

·     Remote/onsite/hybrid position: onsite.

Must be at least 16 years old.

·     Description: tutor basic computer skills and common technology troubleshooting strategies to adult immigrants in person at B1C or via Zoom in one-on-one sessions.

·     Responsibilities: tutor and plan sessions independently.

·     Skills needed: must have experience using Zoom meetings + online platforms + Microsoft Office. English/Spanish fluency a plus.

·     Schedule and time commitment: Minimum 3 month commitment. 45 minutes a week tutoring + prep time. Day and Time flexible depending on the tutor and student availability

·     Training and supervision: Workforce Development program staff.

·     Resources available: educational materials. Instructor is expected to also research resources.

·     Remote/onsite/hybrid position: hybrid.

Must be at least 14 years of age, preferably 16 or older.

·     Description: tutor an adult immigrant English in person at B1C or via Zoom in one-on-one sessions.

·     Responsibilities: tutor and plan sessions independently. Send out Zoom invite to your English learner.

·     Skills needed: ability to speak slowly and clearly. Patience and flexibility.

·     Schedule and time commitment: Mondays - Fridays 9:30-11am or 11:30am-1pm.  Monday and Wednesdays 6:30-8pm.

·     Training and supervision: ELL program staff.

·     Resources available: ELL books, worksheets and ELL online library.

·     Remote/onsite/hybrid position: hybrid.

 

Must be a rising high school sophomore or older.
Description: provide classroom support in our summer Math Program for elementary school children. Provide program support during enrichment activity immediately before the start of Math Program.
Responsibilities: provide assistance in delivery of math lessons and tutoring.
Skills needed: experience mentoring or tutoring elementary school aged children.
Schedule and time commitment: this program runs from June 27th to July 29th. Program hours are 5-7pm
Thursdays. Sexual Abuse Awareness training for new in-coming volunteers is mandatory.
Training and supervision: Family and Individual Services staff and specialized training.
Resources available: Family and Individual Services staff and specialized training.
Remote/onsite/hybrid position: on site at 417 Shippan Avenue, but may need to switch to remote if needed.

Must be at least 18 years of age and fluent in Spanish.

·     Description: help clients claim their unpaid wages. Ideal for those interested in practicing Spanish, learning more about labor and immigration law, social work, paralegal or mediation work.

·     Responsibilities: interpret remotely during client consultations with a lawyer, translate documents, perform research to support unpaid wages legal cases.

·     Skills needed: must speak and write Spanish fluently, be computer literate and enthusiastic about helping clients who would normally not have access to a lawyer recover wages with the help of our team.

·     Schedule and time commitment: two month volunteer commitment is ideal but flexible. 

·     Training and supervision: Hiring Site program staff and lawyer.

·     Resources available: N/A.

·     Remote/onsite/hybrid position: hybrid.

Must be 18 years old.

·     Description: assist interpreting in Spanish, Haitian Creole or Farsi in our Immigration Legal Services Program.

·     Responsibilities:  Interpret during legal consultations or translate documents needed for legal proceedings.

·     Skills needed: must speak and write Spanish, Haitian Creole or Farsi fluently and be computer literate.

·     Schedule and time commitment: flexible depending on volunteer availability.

·     Training and supervision: Immigration Legal Services program staff.

·     Resources available: N/A.

·     Remote/onsite/hybrid position: remote.

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. 

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.

Sometimes in the course of volunteering, a volunteer may get to know details about a participant’s personal history which may be upsetting.  Hearing about a traumatic event in somebody else’s life may generate feelings of sadness, helplessness or anger and even trigger memories of past traumatic events the volunteer may have experienced.

In order to help manage these feelings in case they arise, B1C has put together the following resources to identify and manage second hand trauma.  Remember, it’s ok to take a break from volunteering or rotate to a different volunteer opportunity to take care of your wellbeing. Please reach out to B1C’s volunteer team at [email protected] if you need support or would like to rotate to a different opportunity. Click on the links below for more information.

Vicarious Trauma in the Struggle for Immigrant Justice

Resource Guide for Coping with Secondhand Trauma

YOUTH VOLUNTEERS

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 team directly at [email protected].
Please note that youth can start volunteering independently at 14 years of age or older and that parents are not involved in this process. We have many youth volunteer opportunities available after school, on the weekend, during school breaks, and summer months. 

ELL VOLUNTEER:

Become an English language teacher or tutor to an adult immigrant.

YOUTH GROUP: 

Join our high school youth-led volunteer group on Saturdays from 11-12:30 pm. Sign up only for the Saturdays you are available.

YOUTH AMBASSADOR:

Represent B1C and our mission at your school, place of worship, social club, or sports team. Organize a fundraiser to sponsor a drive, event, or collaborate with B1C to create your own volunteer project.

HOMEWORK CLUB:

Help with Homework on Mondays through Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 pm during the school year.

SUMMER PROGRAMS AND INTERNSHIPS:

Join our Summer Reading or Summer Math programs. Internship opportunities may become available in the summer or during the school year depending on our needs. If you are interested in inquiring about a possible internship opportunity, please send a resume, cover letter and program area of interest to [email protected]

ELL Library

Welcome to the English Language Learning (ELL) Library!

The ELL Library is a curriculum tool created to better support teachers at Building One Community. It contains Curriculum Guides for each level of ELL at Building One Community with lesson goals, grammar, vocabulary, and materials for every day of the week.

Below you can find direct links to the Curriculum Guides folder to see what you will be teaching, and the Materials & Resources folder for worksheets and activities.
 
Questions and/or suggestions for us? Please email [email protected]
Carpe diem,
The ELL Team!
Julie ELL

Thank you to our wonderful 2021 Volunteers!

Ricardo Abad
Sara Elena Agudelo Duque
Domenica Alban
Sophie Alcyone
Salome Alfaro
Angelo Alfaro
Debra Allen-Davis
Naomi Alvarado


Valeria Alvis
Maria Sol Anyosa
Carlos Arias Vivas
Josefa Arias
Cyrus Arjomand
Jahan Arjomand
Banou Arjomand
Rico Arocha
Claudia Andrea Arrunategui
Katie Asness
Grace Asness
Madeline Azrak
Naomi Azrak
Judith Ban
Marilyn Barahona
Elysee Barakett
Nicole Barrera
Baker Beck
Adair Beck
Lucy Belknap
Nidhi Bendre
Hanna Benguria
William Bennett
Martina Bernal
Jakub Bester
Isabella Biagini
Charlotte Black
Marjorie Black
Julia Blake
Clay Boehly
Zach Boehly
Jenifer Bonilla
Emma Boolbol
Susan Boria
Betsy Bowen
Sophie Brachet
Meg Broderick
Tancee Brodeur-Sassi
Jack Broide
Caroline Brooks
Emily Brown
Jacklyn Brzoska
Maritza Builes
Catherine Butcher
Grace Butler
Gabriella Caccire
Chloe Caliboso
Victor Calmon Coelho
Cristobal Calvanese
Coco Calvanese
Telma Camargo
Jacqueline Campbell
Isabella Caracciolo
Sofia Caracciolo
Julio Cardenas
Jack Carey
Lucas Carlson
Ana Carnaval
Paula Carreno
Vanessa Carrillo

Isabella Caruso
Carlos Castillejo
Gareyng Castro Del Rio
Swaha Chakraborty
Jean-Luc Charles
Kathy Chartier
Ashely Chavez
Jett Choquette
Ron Claiborne
Nick Clark
Claudia Clarke
David Cohen
Elizabeth Compo
Cody Comyns
Ravi Conway
Eric Coppe
Bruno Coppe
Katarina Coppola
Camila Cordon
Daniela Corona
Carsen Critchell
Valentina Cuccolo
Helen Culpepper
Naomi Cunningham
Abelardo Curdumi
Abigail Cushman
Mary Cygan

Bruno da Costa
Angeles Dam
Irene Damiani
Elena Dashi
Jack Davis
Jonathan Decker
Jennifer Degenhardt
Sophie Dekker
Menna Delva
Anthony De Paz
Roma Desai
Patrick de Saint-Aignan
Jose De Santiago Ramirez
Evan Devita
Heimi Diaz
Marianna Di Meo
Ori Divon
Maya Doganaksoy
Christine Dorvil
Luke Dougherty
Anne Downey
Joel Dubon
Thomas Eberwein
Alex Errico
Campbell Essex
Cristian Estock
Bridgette Fallon
Alicja Farber
Alex Farrier
Ronald Feng
Leslie Fermon
Eva Fitch
Evelyn Fitts
Bronwyn Fitzgerald
Elizabeth FitzPatrick
Allyssa Flanagan
Eliza Fogel


John Follis
Sofia Fontana
Will Forshner
Tess Fredette
Rondi Frey
Annabelle Futch
Ellery Futch
Aleksandar Gajdadziev
Leighton Gajwani
Grace Galarza
Daniel Gallo Perez
Silvana Garbin
Catarina Gaspar
Kaitlin Genovese
Annie Genovese
Christopher Geotes
Edward Gerber
Marcelo Gigliani-Alcantarilla
Nicolas Gigliani-Alcantarilla
Mateo Gigliani-Alcantarilla
Steisy Gil
Christine Gilbert
Jose Gil Zalis
Julia Giventer
Roni Goldberg
Andrea Gomez
Madison Gordon
Zofia Grajski
Mayra Granja
Mike Grbic
Jeff Greenberg
Campbell Greene
Lore Gruenbaum
Shannon Guerra
Gemard Guery
Giselle Gutierrez
Emily Gutierrez
Caroline Guza
Maryan Guzman
Rodrigo Guzman
Lisa Haas
Jason Hall
Cesar Camilo Ham Benitez
Sarita Hanley
Tommy Heaton

Bryce Heaton
Tara Hellemann
Ben Helman
Mary Henderson
Catalina Hendricks
Diana Higuera
Dominique Hilaire
Harald Hille

Carolyn Hohl
Abby Holmstead
Belle Horwitz
Anders Hovstadius
Joyce Huang

Joseph Ianelli
Marcos Inglada
Evelyn Isaia
Ellie Isidro
Tommie Jackson
Eliot Jacobs
Judith Jelen
Elizabeth Jenkins-Sahlin
Patricia Jimenez
Clerin John
Mar Joosten
Laura Jordan
Camille Jordan
James Jordan
Kristin Jordan
Gabrielle Joseph
Jayron Juarez
Maryann Kann
Mohin Kapadwala
Olivia Karanikolaidis
Jolie Karen
Amalia Kassaris

Barri Kaye
Sean Kelly
Barbara Kestenbaum
Bennett Klein
Hanna Klingbeil
James Knight
Bruce Koe
Alexandra Konstantinidis
Daphne Konstantinis
Gavin Korpi
Prathik Kosanam
Sarina Kulsakdinun
Sanskriti Kumar
Dylan Kur
Louis Kural
Mariel Laffan
Karla Lainez
Alexandra Lecher
Richard Lee
Austin Lehn
Lexi Leibowits
Katharine Leland
Morendah Lesperance
Juana Levano
Ruby Li
Tamra Lichtman
Mark Lingle
Robie Livingstone
Poppy Livingstone
Miguel Lopez
Trisha Lopez
Yesica Lopez
Jorge Lopez Aranguren
Eva Lopez Reyman
Evelande Louis
Tessa Loverro
Martin Lozano
Ricardo Lozano
Tamu Lucero
Chris Lucey

Jessica Luo
Amber Lynch
Keara Lyons
Mary Maarbjerg
Sydney Maier
Beatriz Maldonado
Francesca Maldonado-Vittar
Channing Malkin
Aven Mallie
William Malpica
Karina Mangru
Georgia Mann
Luz Manzanares
Jeronimo Marsili
Lorenzo Marsili
Carrington Mattis
Judy McCann
Madeleine McCarthy
Collin McCollum
Matt McCooe

Clodagh McEvoy-Johnston
Adrián McMahon
Emily Meisler
Pedro Mendez
Lauren Meyer
Robert Miccarelli
Ryan Miceli
Gabe Michelangelo
Camila Miranda
Gaishi Miyazaki
Daniella Montero
Tessa Moore
Monica Moore
Alice Moore
Emily Morales
Santiago Morales
Isabella Morales
Patrice Morley
Shanmathi Muruganambi
Edward Nagler
Serra Nalbantoglu
Deniz Nalbantoglu
Will Newton
Emily Newton
Justin Norton
Ariela Nunez
Jack O'Callaghan
John O'Connell
Jack O'Connnell

Ella O'Meara
Mateo Olea
Jairo Orjuela
Ashley Orozco
Irma Ortiz
Cathy Ostuw
Spencer Owen
Natalie Owsley
Charlotte Ozizmir
Finn O’Callaghan
Morgan O’Neil
Benjamin Packer
Shruthi Palaniappan
Jose Carlos Palomino
Arnaldo Pardo
Ted Pardoe
Pari Patel
Sofia Pendley
Doug Penn
Daniela Perez
Mia Piacenza
Jeffery Pinaud
Daniella Pineda
Aura Pineda
Diana Pinta
Alessandra Pinto
Christina Pizzani
Jacklyn Pizzella
Fiona Powers
Riya Punjabi
Maxwell Raabe
Karen Raidt
Yazmin Ramos
Kiran Rao
Sheetel Raut
Victoria Razhanskiy
Jack Reed
Jane Renaud
Melissa Reyes
Maybi Reyes
Bobbie Rich
Cady Ridall
Arisleyda Riehl
Eleanor Riemer
Agustina Rissola
Peggy Rivage-Seul
Valentina Rivano
Cesar Rivera
Sasha Rivera
Lexi Roberts
Edgar Robles
Carmen Rodriguez
Magda Rodriguez
Alexa Romboli
Julianna Romeo
Katherine Romero
Edward Romeyn
Nick Rosenstadt
Anne Ross
Jennifer Rowling
Marke Rubenstein
Allison Ruilova
Lilian Ruiz
Holly Russell
Joseph Russo
Sue Rutz
Maggie Ruvinsky
Lucia Saavedra
Cathy Sacks
Annie Saekang
Melina Salame
Tara Salli
Sylvia Samardzija

Catalina Samper-Horak
Samantha Samuel
Carla Sanchez
Maria Isabel Sandoval
Fernanda Sandovalin
James Sassi
Juliette Savarino
Andrew Schau
Gloria Schell
Bob Schultz
Zoe Schwartz
Sophie Schwarz
Kara Sciglimpaglia
David Sealy
Samantha Secora
Spencer Segura
Spencer Segura Jr
Aneri Shah
Meera Sharma
Patrick Shaw
Grace Shepard
Reed Signer
Christian Silva
KC Simmon
Avery Sleeper
Emilia Smithies
Monica Smyth
Nicholas Socci
Tahmeed Solaman
Ava Sollenne
Lorrie Solonynka
Mary Sommer Sandak
Elen Sotzing
Swati Sriram
William Stallings
Bart Steinfeld
Jack Stemerman

Charlie Stemerman
Samantha Stevens
Walter Stewart
Gavin Stops
Riley Susser
Jolanda Sutherland
Patricia Swigart
Baldwin Tang
Emily Tang
Edwin Tang
Elisa Taylor
Priyanga Thangamariappan
Julie Thiele
Birgit Townley
Michael Toy
Alex Troyb
Jeff Um
Priyanka Umamaheswaran
Sofia Urbina
Nicole Urquiaga
Lance Uymatiao
Chelsea Valdez
Roxana Valdivia
Ana Valdivia
Laxmi Vallury
Hannah Valverde
Robert Vargas
Celita Velasquez
Maria Velasquez
Alexis Velez
Giselle Vigil
Roy Villagomez
Francisca Vivanco
Kathleen Walsh
Vivian Wang
Casey Warble
Sydney Watchmaker
Diana Wawrzonkiewicz
Ellison Weiner
Chris Whitney
Sky Wilber
Stacey Williams
Alexander Williams
Max Williams
Nicholas Wind
Lily Windsor
Arthur Wit
Kate Wolters
Kathryn Xia
Rocio Yanez
Whitney Yip
Roja Yousuf

Benjamin Yu
Rida Zaidi
Jose Luis Zepeda
Tony Zhu
Dante Zimmerman
Saskia Zimmerman
Victoria Zucco

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