Become a Volunteer
AboutVolunteer tutors are matched with one of our wonderful K-8 children, according to their skills or interests. Together they work on homework, literacy or math for one hour each week. Tutoring takes place Monday – Thursday from 4:30-5:30 for the elementary program, 3:40-4:30 for Hadley Junior High and 2:30-3:30 for Glen Crest Middle School. You choose the day that works best for you.
EligibilityWe welcome and actively seek adults and mature teens to help tutor children during the after-school and summer programs. Regular commitments from volunteers are needed whether it is once a month, every day or something between those options. We request a minimum 1 day a week commitment for at least a semester. Must be, at minimum, high school aged to be a volunteer tutor or if younger than 14, must be accompanied by an adult. View all current volunteer opportunities.
- Returning volunteers, complete this questionnaire
- New volunteers, fill out an application
- Attend an orientation
- Read the volunteer handbook and sign a volunteer letter of agreement
- Complete a liability waiver form
- Complete a DCFS background check (18+)
- Complete a criminal background check (requires signature of parent or guardian if under 18)
- Important: Must meet Eligibility
1When and where does tutoring take place?
TUTORING BEGINS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 FOR THE 2021/2022 SCHOOL YEAR. For students in grades K-5, tutoring takes place at: D41 Abraham Lincoln Elementary, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Lincoln is located at 380 Greenfield Avenue; enter through door #29 off Newton Avenue. D41 Churchill Elementary, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Churchill is located at 240 Geneva Road; enter through door #4. For students in grades 6-8, tutoring takes place at: D41 Hadley Junior High, 3:30-4:40 p.m Hadley is located at 240 Hawthorne Boulevard; enter through the main entrance and tutoring takes place in the Hadley library. CCSD89 Glen Crest Middle School, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
2How do I sign up?
1. If you are a new volunteer, fill out an application online. If you are a returning volunteer, submit a response to our Returning Volunteer Form. 2. Attend a Volunteer Orientation. Please note that this orientation is mandatory for all new volunteers. We will cover program policies as well as helpful tutoring strategies. 3. After orientation, your volunteer assignment will be emailed to you.
3What is the minimum age to volunteer at the GECRC?
High school aged and older.
4Do you track volunteer hours?
Yes, we track all volunteer hours. Even if you are not volunteering for school/service hours, we ask that all volunteers sign in each time they volunteer. Once your schedule is finalized, you will be sent a link via email to set up your volunteer portal.
5What if I can't make it on the day I'm assigned?
Please report your absence, with 24 notice or as soon as possible, by emailing your designated site coordinator.
6Do you provide supplies or do I need to bring my own?
We provide you with supplies but you are welcome to bring your own if you would like.
7Does our program still run on days that the students do not have school?
8How are students enrolled in GECRC?
Students are referred by teachers, social workers, and/or school administrators. All of our students meet low income and academic risk guidelines and most come from refugee or immigrant families. Annually, our program serves nearly 200 students in D41 and D89.