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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

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

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Register as a volunteer.

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Our volunteer team will follow up with specific opportunities.

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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 JANUARY 2022

Must be at least 14 years of age and tech-savvy. Completion of abuse prevention training is mandatory prior to volunteering with children.

·     Description: Assist an elementary school child with homework help and enrichment educational activities via Zoom.

·     Responsibilities: tutor and plan sessions independently. May need to assist troubleshooting technical issues as they arise during Zoom sessions with volunteers and children/parents. 

·     Skills needed: must be tech-savvy and feel comfortable using Zoom and Google classroom. Must be able to use Zoom's share screen and whiteboard functionality. Must be familiar with how elementary school math is presently taught. 

·     Schedule and time commitment: minimum of one day a week for 3 months. Sessions take place Mondays - Thursdays from 4:30-5:30pm.

·     Training and supervision: Family and Individual Services program staff, Homework Club Leaders.

·     Resources available: educational resources provided.

 

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 or via Zoom 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. Two sessions available Saturday morning - onsite at B1C 11am-12:30pm or online via Zoom 11am-12pm.

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

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

·     Remote/onsite/hybrid position: hybrid.

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: schedule flexible depending on volunteer and learner availability. Sessions are 45 minutes via Zoom or one hour and a half in person.

·     Training and supervision: ELL program staff.

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

·     Remote/onsite/hybrid position: hybrid.

 

Must be 18 years old.

·     Description: assist interpreting in Spanish, French 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.

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

·     Description: gather relevant information about unpaid wage cases - employer (the debtor), employment contract (if any) and circumstances. Ideal for those interested in the fields of law, social work, paralegal or mediation.

·     Responsibilities:  Interpret remotely during client consultations with a lawyer. Translate documents and information relevant to a case. 

·     Skills needed: must speak and write Spanish fluently and be computer literate.

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

·     Training and supervision: Hiring Site program staff.

·     Resources available: N/A.

·     Remote/onsite/hybrid position: remote.

This is a group opportunity. Must be at least 14 years of age.

·     Description: beautify our 'Common Ground' garden and surrounding parking lot green area.

·     Responsibilities:  weed, clean up and plant flowers or vegetables. Volunteer group is responsible for bringing all materials needed (trash bags, gloves, gardening tools, seeds, flowers, soil, etc).

·     Skills needed: ability to carry and move all materials needed to beautify space, roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty.

·     Schedule and time commitment: flexible depending on weather, B1C staff and volunteer availability.

·     Training and supervision: N/A. Volunteer Director will coordinate activity and do spot checks as needed.

·     Resources available: N/A.

·     Remote/onsite/hybrid position: onsite.

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, movie night, or collaborate with B1C to create your own volunteer project.

HOMEWORK CLUB:

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

SUMMER PROGRAMS AND INTERNSHIPS:

Join our summer reading or math programs, intern in an area of interest, develop a special program.  Internships may become available in the summer and during the school year.

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

Building One Community is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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Building One Community is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Stay in touch:

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