Many opportunities are available for volunteers who want to become involved.
Head Start receives monetary credit for volunteer time. Eighty (80%) of the Head Start budget comes from the Federal Government. The additional 20% must come from local sources, which includes volunteer time as well as monetary donations.
ECEAP is not required to provide matching dollars, but volunteer time in ECEAP plays a very important part in the classrooms. Your time is an "In-kind" donation to Head Start/EHS/ECEAP.
"Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation's compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain love for one another." — Erma Bombeck
Volunteers must complete an application form, authorize a Background Check, and meet certain health requirements depending on their volunteer classification. Some classifications also require a Food Handler Card.
Assist teachers in classroom activities, working directly with children.
Become involved in several committees which help make decisions for Lower Columbia Head Start/EHS/ECEAP.
Assist in staffing booths and displays for various mall activities throughout the year.
We love to have community members come to our classrooms who can play an instrument, bring in an animal to share, tell a story, demonstrate a craft or hobby, etc.
Assist in food preparation and clean up in the central kitchen.
Assist literacy coordinator with shelving, repairing and checking-in books. Assist in story time visits to classrooms and book distributions like Reading is Fundamental (RIF).
Help repair or maintain equipment, furniture in classrooms, etc.