I Just Don’t Have the Time to Volunteer! December 28, 2009Posted by sonaldhingra in Volunteering.
Tags: Boston, Cambridge, Education, Kids, Non-Profit, One-Time, School, Science, STEM, Volunteer
What makes you want to volunteer? Better yet, what makes you NOT want to volunteer?
For many of us it’s our lack of time. Between work, school, friends and, oh yeah, sleep – there just doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day to help save the world too. So how can we give back then? Can we even make a difference when we feel that we just don’t have the time to make these huge commitments? Sure we can! As they say – It’s all in how you look at it.
One-time opportunities are a great way to give back and still work with your schedule. Not only do these opportunities help us give back and make a difference, they also let us see if we really fit with the organization we want to volunteer with, without getting over-invested. Nothing is worse than getting fired up to change the world and then being stopped dead in your tracks because it just wasn’t what you thought it was going to be. It’s also not so fantastic for the organizations who run these great programs to have to take the time to train volunteers just to have them leave after a few short days.
Now to turn this in to a plug, forgive me. At Science Club for Girls you can make a weekly commitment and become an afterschool club Mentor with us but you can also take part in our One-Time opportunities:
Show Me the Science (click for application):
– Lawrence: Thursday 1/21/10 [6th-8th grade]
– Boston: Saturday 4/10/10 [K-6th grade]
SMTS is a unique event that can best be described as a reverse science fair – where the adults present to the youth. You, or a team, can sign up to have a table with a specific experiment or demonstration that provides a 10 – 12 minute engagement to girls in K – 8th grade. We encourage tables to be hands on provide a “bite-sized” bit of knowledge. Exposing youth to all of these areas will help them see and learn about all the wonders of these fields and your presence allows the girls to see that they can become strong women who can pursue these careers.
School Vacation Weeks (click for application):
– Cambridge: King/Amigos School. Tuesday, 2/16/10 – Friday 2/19/10
– Boston: Yawkey Boys and Girls Club. Tuesday, 4/20/10 – Friday, 4/23/10
– Newton: Myrtle Baptist Church. Tuesday, April 4/20/10 – Friday, 4/23/10
During school vacation week – we provide a fun and safe learning environment for girls while they are out of school. We specifically target girls who are under-served in grades K2-2 and 3-5, who will be separated into two groups of 10-15 girls each for the week. During the 4 days, we will have two 1-hour workshop blocks in the morning where girls will learn about a different topic in science from the volunteer mentor-scientist leading the workshop. During the afternoon girls will connect what they learned in these workshops with the real world, through field trips to museums, laboratories and other exciting venues. You can be a Workshop mentor scientist, Field trip host site, Field trip chaperon or all three!
What better way to learn more about our organization and to share your love of science, technology, math and engineering (STEM) with the next generation than by helping them (in the words of Ms. Fizzle) get messy and make mistakes! And all the while, fitting nicely within your busy schedule.