Thank you for volunteering your time and expertise to the students of Davenport Community Schools. We value your important contribution.
The education that takes place in the classrooms of Davenport Community Schools prepares young people for a world that will be very different than the one we live in today. Our instructional reach and social aims are comprehensive and global. Educational reforms over the past several years have made this an exciting and challenging time for our schools. As we strive to meet the individual learning needs of each student through personalized instruction the role of volunteers is magnified. Your commitment to students is vital to our success. Working in partnership with the community is central to our mission. Therefore, we encourage you to explore the many ways you can help educate and support young people. There is a place for you in Davenport Community Schools.
Please accept the resources on this website as a useful guide and symbol of our commitment to your success. On behalf of the students whose lives you will touch, we thank you for your service.
Volunteer Center Quick Links:
- How to Volunteer (includes volunteer application)
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Volunteer Resource Center
- Visitor Check In Management System Mandatory 2015 School Year
AmeriCorps Opportunities Offer Service with Meaning and Reward
Do you want to make a real difference in the lives of Davenport Community Schools students? Are you passionate about education and want to be involved? Do you have post-secondary education and training in the field of education, recreation, human service, child development, psychology, social work or something similar? Do you enjoy working with children and youth in school or out-of-school settings? Do you understand or are interested in following best practices in child development, behavior management, developmentally appropriate activities, and child safety?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then AmeriCorps may be the perfect fit for you. Through partnership with the City of Davenport AmeriCorps program and the United Way of Iowa Reading Corps program, we are looking to fill service positions to assist as:
- elementary literacy tutors;
- Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program supporters (Grade 6-8);
- iJAG program supporters (High school); and
- Stepping Stones afterschool and summer program supporters.
During your AmeriCorps or Reading Corps member term, you will also receive extensive training, support, and general professional development opportunities. You will be provided with a monthly living allowance and an education award/voucher that can be applied to tuition or qualifying student loans paid directly to the educational institution upon successful completion of the service term.
To learn more:
- Click here to learn more about the Stepping Stones position.
- Click here to learn more about the AVID and iJAG positions.
- Click here to learn more about the Iowa Reading Corps.
- Click here to read the Iowa Reading Corps position description.
- Click here to watch a YouTube video showing the Reading Corps in action.
- Click here to find additional commitment and benefit details.
- Click here to apply to the Iowa Reading Corps
- Click here and choose “2015/2016 AmeriCorps: Elementary School” from the list to apply for Stepping Stones
- Click here and choose “2015/2016 AmeriCorps: Secondary School” from the list to apply for AVID or iJAG
If you have questions, please contact John Border at 563-336-5060 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Volunteer
Davenport Community Schools wants your volunteer experience to be pleasant and meaningful. We recognize, also, that all of us share common concern for the safety and security of our children. To help guarantee the highest quality volunteer experience for everyone, we ask that all prospective volunteers complete an application and background check prior to service.
The form located below is to be completed prior to placement in one of our schools. If you have questions, please contact the Volunteer Office at 445-5000.
- Volunteer Guidelines and Expectations
- Online Volunteer Application *Processing applications may take up to 2 weeks. We hope this helps you plan in advance for volunteering in our schools.
Davenport Community Schools relies on the support of volunteers to help fulfill our mission of enriching the lives of youth in our community. Research shows that involved parents and an engaged community support student achievement. As a volunteer, there are many ways you can perform a meaningful role in providing quality learning experiences:
- Stepping Stones After School Program
- Listen to Me Read
- English as a Second Language
- Library Media Center
- Computer Lab
- Equity Committee
- Local School Improvement Advisory Committee
- Technology Steering Committee
- Volunteerism Committee
- Youth Fest
- Give Kids a Smile
- First Day School Supply Drive
- Coats for Kids
Volunteer Resource Center
The Davenport Community Schools Volunteer Office has prepared a series of informational sheets that prospective volunteers may find useful or insightful as they begin their service in the schools.
- Volunteers: Safety and Liability
- Responsibilities of Volunteers
- Tips for Volunteers
- Ways Volunteers Can Help (K-5)
- Ways Volunteers Can Help (6-12)
- Volunteer Information and Procedure Checklist
The Davenport Community Schools Volunteer Office wants you to feel comfortable and prepared for your volunteer experience. In partnership with Iowa State University Scott County Extension Office and the Quad Cities Retired Seniors Volunteer Program, we offer a series of periodic volunteer training modules to support volunteerism in our schools. For more information on how to participate in these trainings please contact the Volunteer Office at 445-5000.
In addition, here are other sites regarding volunteerism:
- The Davenport Volunteer Connection
- The National Mentoring Organization– The National Mentoring Partnership is an advocate for the expansion of mentoring and a resource for mentors and mentoring initiatives nationwide.
- The Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service – This site connects you to the State of Iowa and their resources on volunteering. If you are an AmeriCorps volunteer, this sight allows you to access information on other AmeriCorps projects around the state.
- Quad Cities RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) – RSVP (a national volunteer program) provides seniors with the opportunity to volunteer using skills and talents developed over a lifetime, or explore new interests and goals at the non-profit agency of their choice.
- Quad Cities DOVIA (Directors of Volunteers in Agencies)
- Corporation for Community and National Service – Organization overseeing AmeriCorps, SeniorCorps, & Learn and Serve America.
- ARC (American Red Cross) of the Quad Cities
- Points of Light Foundation– Created in 1990 in Washington, D.C., Points of Light is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization set up to engage more people effectively in volunteer community service to help solve serious social programs. (Volunteer programs in all 50 states).
- America’s Promise – America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth, led by retired General Colin L. Powell, is mobilizing people from every sector of American life to build the character and competence of our nation’s youth.
- Family Friendly Schools – Family Friendly Schools is committed to helping schools establish a culture that promotes shared responsibilities for the academic achievement of all students.