It’s Elizabeth, hijacking the TAP blog again. I’m excited to report that I’ve taken over our after school volunteer program and that this week marked the start of TAP after school volunteers’ presences in classrooms all over Austin. This blog post will serve to inform you of several ways you– yes, you!– can get more involved with TAP after school and TAP volunteering in general.
1. Become a TAP afterschool volunteer. This is a once-a-week, semester-long opportunity for you to work with one of our fabulous teaching artists (TAs) in a classroom somewhere in or around Austin. Our volunteers are crucial in helping our TAs tackle ambitious projects, manage large classes, and just generally work their TA magic. Contact me, Elizabeth, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to schedule a volunteer orientation to be a TAP after school volunteer.
2. Get your office involved with TAP! We are always delighted to host corporate volunteers. If your office doesn’t currently have a volunteer program, check out this useful article from the business section of the New York Times that ran a few weeks ago. To find out more about our corporate volunteer opportunities, talk to Sarah Garza, our Community Relations Assistant, at email@example.com.
3. Get trained as a Volunteer Project Leader. TAP has received a Volunteer Project Leader grant from Capital Area United Way’s Hands on Central Texas. This grant will enable us to continue building capacity in communities in and around Austin and we couldn’t be more proud or grateful. We now have the opportunity to train Volunteer Project Leaders (VPLs). VPLs will work with TAP, United Way, and other organizations associated with United Way to lead at least two projects by March 1, 2011. There are lots– I repeat– LOTS of options for projects. As a VPL, you might spearhead creating a craft activity for a TAP event, sort at a local pantry, or organizing a clean-up of a local park. Getting certified as a VPL will help you develop skills in leadership, civics, and community building (all of which would look great on a resume!) and provides a truly meaningful way to give back to the amazing, vibrant, and constantly evolving Austin community. If you’d like to be trained as a VPL, please contact Megan Fullen, our Community Relations Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hurrah for community engagement! Hurrah for volunteers!
– Elizabeth, After School Programs Associate