VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: DON MURRAY
Don Murray's philosophy is to "give as much as you can". After retiring from his job at Texas Instruments, he knew he had to find a way to integrate that philosophy into his new daily routine. When his wife mentioned Aberg Center for Literacy programs being offered to students through her job, his interest was peaked. "I volunteered for Literacy Achieves previously and liked the idea of helping others better themselves." he says.
A short time later, Don began volunteering his time teaching English as well as Spanish classes at the Aberg Center. It was an eye opening experience for him in the beginning. "Becoming sensitive to various cultures and the students challenges to speak English and aggregate to the US was a little startling at first." recalled Don. In his previous volunteer experience, he recalled having to teach alongside other teachers inside the classrooms and Don appreciated having more control of his classes at Aberg Center. "They encourage you to do everything possible so your students will embrace the material and the teacher. That can be hard if you and another colleague aren't on the same page."
Don has been with the Aberg Center for a few years and the staff call him "earnest" and "willing to work". "I would tell anyone interested in volunteering or donating that you can help A LOT of people at once with this organization. Our classes influence not only the students, but they take their new knowledge back to their families which is the goal of Aberg Center, multi generational learning."
We are grateful for volunteers like Don Murray who could spend their time doing so many other things but see the need and opportunity to impact the community around them through our literacy programs. You can find Don Murray teaching our ESL Writing classes on Tuesdays as well as English classes on Wednesday nights! Thank you for your contributions Don!
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At Aberg Center for Literacy we rely on a committed group of community and professional volunteers to offer our tuition-free services to our students and their families. Over 60 volunteers donate their time each week to Aberg Center, and over 4,000 hours are donated each year. Volunteering is the most direct way to support our programs, form rewarding personal connections, and make a difference in our students’ lives. If you want to get involved, don't hesitate!
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We can always use talented people with diverse backgrounds and interests who can assist with a variety of roles from instruction to childcare to program development. Here are descriptions of some of our key volunteer roles:
ESL INSTRUCTORDescription: Teach a class of 10-15 students each week in one of the core English skills of Reading, Writing, Grammar, or Conversation.
Time Commitment: 1 day per week, 2 hours per day / Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
GED INSTRUCTORDescription: Teach high school equivalency subject matter to a class each week in Math, Science, Social Studies, Writing, or Reading.
Time Commitment: 1 day per week, 2-3 hours per day / Monday-Thursday, 9am-12pm.
SPANISH EDUCATION INSTRUCTORDescription: Teach 10-15 students in Spanish for los niveles secundaria y preparatoria and GED in Spanish.
Time Commitment: 2 days per week, 2 hours per day / Mon & Wed or Tue & Thu, 11am-1pm.
ENRICHMENT CLASS INSTRUCTORDescription: Teach a class of 10-15 ESL students in: Health, Financial, Computer, or Employment Literacy, or Citizenship classes.
Time Commitment: 1 day per week, 1 hour per day / Monday-Thursday, 11am-12pm.
ADULT TUTORDescription: Be available to assist adult students for GED and English, in small groups or one-on-one.
Time Commitment: Depends on need. Tutors generally assist 1 day per week, 2-3 hours per day.
CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERDescription:Assist the early childhood education team by engaging kids in learning activities: count, read, play and speak English with the children.
Time Commitment: One day per week, 1-3 hours, Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
EVENT VOLUNTEERDescription: Lend a helping hand with our student events and/or funraisers. Assist with planning or help out on event day!
Time Commitment: Depends on need. Most events require 1 day and 4-6 hours commitment.
HOSPITALITYDescription: Greet and welcome students in the morning, assist with attendance sign-ins, and help instructors prepare for class.
Time Commitment: 1 day per week, 1.5 hours per day / Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-9:30am.
OFFICE ASSISTANCE & DATA ENTRYDescription: Help with data entry, filing, mailouts and other general office work. Must be proficient with computing and typing.
Time Commitment: 1 day per week, 2-3 hours per day. Time and day are flexible.
MEDIA & DESIGN VOLUNTEERDescription: Assist with digital and print media such as advertisements, fliers, and content for social media and website.
Time Commitment: 1 day per week, 2-3 hours per day. Time and day are flexible. May work remotely.