This week’s new volunteer opportunities include Reading Partners, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, and Spotlight Dinner Theatre. If you or someone you know might be interested in one of these new volunteer placements or others with RSVP, click the “Details” link for more info or call the RSVP Tulsa office at 918-280-8656.
Highlights of this week’s NEW volunteer opportunities — scroll to the bottom for a link to a complete listing of all current RSVP Tulsa volunteer needs.
Reading Partners connects passionate volunteers with struggling readers to help students build strong literacy skills, gain confidence, and discover a passion for reading. You can be a mentor, a leader, and a friend to a student in need. No formal teaching experience is required. Commit just one hour a week. The Reading Centers are open Monday-Thursday at local schools throughout the Tulsa metro area. Reading Partners provides you with: 1) a highly effective, easy-to-follow curriculum, 2) in-person training and on-site support from a full-time staff member, and 3) the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child. Volunteers become so much more than just reading partners. By sharing their knowledge and experience, tutors become mentors, friends, and positive role models in the life of a child. Working one-on-one with a student is a fun, effective way to change someone’s life—maybe even your own.
The Tulsa Area United Way, in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service, is seeking volunteers to assist low income families with preparing their 2014 income tax returns through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. The VITA program utilizes IRS-trained community volunteers to provide this free service to local residents. . As a volunteer, you will receive free training which is offered both online and in the classroom. VITA volunteers assisted more than 2,300 people in preparing and filing their 2013 income tax returns. The total dollar amount of the refunds brought back into the community this year was more than $3.4 million. VITA sites are open days, nights and some Saturdays throughout the 2015 tax season so you can choose the schedule that works best for you! For more information, call RSVP (918) 280-8656.
Tulsa Spotlight Theatre needs volunteers to serve sandwiches and beverages during the Saturday night play. You will arrive at the historic Spotlight Theatre, home to America’s longest-running play “The Drunkard”, at 6:30 p.m. The simple procedure for taking orders and serving sandwiches and beverages will be explained before the doors open at 7:00 p.m. Service only takes place during certain intermissions. The show ends at 10:00 p.m. By serving you become a “Spotlighter,” and so join in a grand Tulsa tradition! Thousands of citizens have been involved both on and off the stage and more than a quarter-million have attended! It’s a fun time, and you get listed in the online archives which date back to 1953.
A special learning seminar especially for RSVP Volunteers!
Have you ever wondered where your grandmother was born? Do your green eyes mean you have some Irish in you? If you sunburn easily does that mean your “roots” are Scandinavian? RSVP volunteer and genealogy expert Wennette Pegues will be here at the RSVP office on August 26th from 10:00 – 11:00 AM to offer some ideas on how you can find out more about your ancestry. Please contact Diana at 918-280-8656 to reserve your spot in this entertaining and enlightening seminar.
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