There are a wide variety of ways to get involved that will directly help children.
Contact Lesley-Ann Drake if you are interested in becoming involved.
There are numerous articles about the benefits of volunteering, including benefits to the volunteers health, longevity, and overall feelings of well-being. An article from the New York Sun cites research stating volunteers are 42% more likely to be very happy than non-volunteers.
Path to Shine accepts adult volunteers for tutoring positions, as well as high school youth. We provide multi-faceted training for our volunteers, covering topics such as mentoring, effective listening, diversity, and strategies for successful learners, as well as sharing basic methods for helping children improve their reading skills. Volunteers are given a recommended reading list and we strongly encourage all of our volunteers to read these books.
We are also keenly aware that we must be diligent in ensuring the safety of the children. As such, individuals who wish to volunteer as tutors will need to complete Safeguarding God's Children, a program provided by The Episcopal Church about protecting children from sexual abuse. This training is free to volunteers through The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. Please contact us if you need to take this training; it is valid for 3 years.
All volunteers will also have to pay for, and provide sufficient information for criminal background and sex offender registry checks. (The typical fee is less than $10.)
It never fails to impress us that our children, on their program evaluation forms, consistently remark that they love visitors and guest speakers. Guest Speakers inspire our children and we love having diverse guest speakers.
For more information on how you can volunteer and make a difference in the lives of our children, please contact Christopher McAbee.
Path To Shine® has been serving elementary-school children across middle and north Georgia since 2010.