LISTENING, MENTORING, READING
Now is a great time to provide a listening ear, to mentor and offer career guidance, or to bring words to life for those with reading disabilities or barriers.
Children + Students
United to Lead high school students are supporting distance learning during the COVID-19 crisis through a new video series, designed to make distance learning less distant. Join them as they bring learning home to Dallas ISD elementary students. Earn 1 service hour per video. Click here to check out some of the videos. And click here for instructions to create your own video!
Scholars at Mi Escuelita Preschools across DFW receive daily virtual lesson plans. Record yourself reading your favorite childhood story aloud (remember to show the pictures) to brighten their day! Recordings will accompany the lessons plans and may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vogel Alcove. Record a video of yourself reading a book to bring joy to children experiencing homelessness.
Ark of Hope. Volunteers act as listeners, mentors or survivor coaches on a text chat survivor support site.
Dallas Public Library is looking for students aged 14 and older to be part of the Teen Advisory Committee. Committee members will help create, plan and execute city-wide teen initiatives once the stay-at-home order is lifted as well as digital/virtual content for Dallas teens to take advantage of while the library is closed. If you’re interested, you can click here to sign up! Please direct all questions about the committee to the Youth Services Department, number 214-670-7943.
United to Learn Virtual Career Day. Calling all professionals to inspire students! To create an interactive and inspirational outlet for children to learn about and explore new activities during this uncertain COVID-19 global pandemic, United to Learn has designed a virtual channel that will allow you to share or present your hobby or day-to-day responsibilities during a typical workday. Click here to embark on an adventure with Dallas ISD students.
Share your expertise while giving back. Become a virtual instructor to Goodwill Industries of Dallas’ Day Habilitation employees. Lessons should be simple, fun, and easy and can include wellness, culinary, music, or any other educational skill that you would like to share. This opportunity is great for teachers, college students, fitness trainers, and individuals who enjoy interacting with individuals with disabilities. Their staff will also help guide you on how to present the lesson. Please click this link to sign-up.
Goodwill Industries of Dallas is offering a new virtual opportunity which partners you with their Day Habilitation employees, individuals with disabilities who attend their continuing education and life skills program. With this opportunity, you will become their virtual pen pal by sending them emails of kind words and encouragement. If interested, please click this link to sign-up.
Be My Eyes is a free app that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers and company representatives for visual assistance through a live video call.
BookShare provides opportunities for volunteers to scan and edit books and to describe images for people with dyslexia, blindness, cerebral palsy and other reading barriers.
LibriVox. Record audio versions of public domain books.
Crisis Text Line. You will be trained to provide 24/7 support for those in crisis. Greatest needs are in the evenings.
American Corporate Partners AdvisorNet: Volunteers provide advice to veterans about career paths and goals.