Volunteer

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Volunteer Applications

Please fill out the appropriate volunteer application for the position for which you are applying


"Drop-in Painting" Volunteer Coordinators

"Drop-in Painting" volunteers lead a Drop-In Painting Program. Volunteers will set-up room, interact with attendees, monitor supplies, take photos of the projects and communicate with staff about attendance, supply needs, patrons feedback etc. Tear-down includes cleaning and maintaining paintbrushes and drying out the water cups for re use.

Volunteers should have experience with watercolors (instruction experience a plus!) and various painting techniques, but it is not required. Volunteers should be comfortable interacting with others, have ability to offer positive feedback about attendee creations, have good time-management skills and excellent customer service skills.

Location(s):
Hours:
6-9 p.m. on 1st or 3rd Thursday each month

"Speak English" Facilitators

Speak English Facilitators
Speak English is an informal conversation group for adults with intermediate or better English language skills. Experience facilitating small groups is preferred, but not required. Group size varies. Activities may include: discussion of current events, vocabulary instructions, pronunciation practice, interview question practice, etc. Reporting requirements: gather participant attendance and individual registration forms and submit them monthly to the Adult Education division via email.literacy office via email. There is a one year minimum commitment for this position. Orientation is required and offered several times a year.

Location(s):
Hours:
varies

AfterMath Tutors

Assist students of all ages with K-college-level math topics depending upon your skill and comfort level such as: fractions, decimals, percentages, pre- and Algebra 1&2, geometry, Trigonometry, pre-Calculus and Calculus. After-school hours during the school year.

Complete and return an AfterMath volunteer application where you wish to serve.

Hours:
East: Thur. 4 - 6 p.m , Library 21c: Wed. 3:30 - 6 p.m., Manitou Springs: Mon. 3 - 5 p.m. First session is Sept. 25, 2017, Monument: Mon. 3:30 - 7 p.m., Sand Creek: Sat. 10 a.m. - noon

Children/Teen Program Assistants

  • Assist with children/teen programs
  • Help children with crafts
Hours:
varies

ESL & Adult Literacy Tutors

ESL & Adult Literacy Tutors
Work one-on-one with an adult, two hours a week, to improve their reading, writing, comprehension, or English language skills. Materials provided. Volunteers are responsible to submit a monthly report to Adult Education division via email. There is a one year time commitment expected when paired with a student. Orientation is required and offered several times a year.

Locations: Dependent upon learner Need

Location(s):
Hours:
varies

ESL/High School Equivalency (HSE) Classroom Assistants

Assist an ESL or HSE class instructor once or twice a week (mornings or evenings) in a classroom setting. Must have a willingness to assist instructor and students in classroom activities. Activities may include facilitating a small group, one-on-one assistance, writing on the board, making copies, etc. There is a six-month minimum commitment when assigned to a class. Orientation is required and offered several times a year.

Other Locations:
*New Direction Agape Sservices
*Second Chance Through Faith
* Pikes Peak Workforce Center

Hours:
Morning or evening

Fast Track

20 hours or fewer for school, scouts or NHS.

Hours:
varies

Friends Book Store Clerks

Help out at the newly remodeled Friends Book Stores at Penrose, Library 21c, and East Libraries. Volunteers staff the book store, display books, process cash register sales, accept book donations, give out Friends memberships and help customers.

Hours:
Varies

Friends Online Book Scanners

Have a couple of hours free every week? Friends seeks detail-oriented, tech-savvy volunteers to scan book donations and discards for books to sell on Friends Amazon store. Training provided.

Location(s):
Hours:
Mon, Wed or Fri from 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m.; , Sat from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m

Holds Processor/Filer

Use computer to trap holds and print the hold slip; match hold slip to book, label the hold slip and place the book in correct bin or Holds shelf, file item.

Location(s):
Hours:
2-4 p.m. Monday - Friday

Holds Processors/Shelvers

Serve behind the scenes a few hours a week to assist staff with processing and transferring books patrons have requested. Vounteers will (tasks vary from branch to branch) locate, and retrieve books on the shelves, or empty bins, discharge items with a computer device, shelve materials on the HOLDS shelves or book truck, and/or place materials in bins to go to other libraries. Volunteers at Penrose Library and Mobile Library Services will have free parking!

Hours:
Library 21c: Inquire for openings at (719) 531-6333, x6333, Monument Library: Mornings or afternoons, High Prairie: Inquire for openings at (719) 260-3650, Penrose Library and Mobile Libraries: Call 531-6333, x 2313 or 6388, Ruth Holley: Monday mornings or afternoons

Path to Citizenship Faciliators

This group provides an environment to practice and prepare to obtain US citizenship. Materials are provided and follow USCIS developed curriculum. Lesson plans, activities, handouts and general information are all available. This group focuses on practicing the 100 questions individuals need to know, application vocabulary review, and writing. Facilitators do not provide legal advice. Reporting requirements: Facilitators are expected to gather participant attendance and individual registration forms and submit them weekly to the Adult Education division via email. There is a one year minimum commitment for this position. Orientation is required and offered several times a year.

Hours:
Varies

Paws-to-Read Dogs

"Kid-Friendly" dogs with Canine Good Citizen certificates and current Therapy Dog registration are needed at the Paws-to-Read program where children come to the library and practice reading aloud to therapy dogs. A good candidate is a clean, well-behaved dog who can lie quietly for up to 15 minutes at a time.

Location(s):
Hours:
Fountain - 3:30 p.m. first and third Mondays

Repair Cafe "fixers"

Do you have a particular knack for repairing items? Volunteer "fixers" are needed to help at Repair Cafes where people bring in broken items to the library and receive help learning how to troubleshoot and fix the item rather than throw it away.

Can you repair bicycle tires, chains or brakes?
Mend, hem or patch clothing?
Test, dismantle or fix small appliances, vacuum cleaners, lamps etc?
Assess, disassemble or repair electronics and computers?
Repair broken jewelry?

Complete an Adult Volunteer Application and the questions on page 2 and submit at East Library, Att: Amber Cox or email to acox@ppld.org

Location(s):
Hours:
will vary by location

Review Crew

The Review Crew is a way for teens (ages 12-18) to earn volunteer hours by writing qualifying reviews to be published on Pikes Peak Library District’s Teen Web Page. Check out some of our book reviews at http://ppld.org/teens/book-reviews for examples.

Fill out a Review Crew Participation Form

Please return this SIGNED Review Crew Participation Form in person at any Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) Location or scan and email to reviewcrew@ppld.org.

Location(s):
Hours:
1 qualifying book review = 1 hour volunteer service

Shelvers

Adults and teens are needed to assist staff with shelving materials including books, CDs, DVDs, audio books etc. Volunteers should have strong attention to detail, ability to place materials in alphabetical and numeric order, ability to bend, reach and push a book cart, and work as a team.

Multiple shifts and days are open, 1 day per week for 1-2 hours. Please apply at High Prairie Library or Ruth Holley Library.

Hours:
1-2 hours per week

Study Buddies

Teen volunteers – 13-17 - will help students in grades K – 5 with homework or reading practice.

  • Assist students with a range of elementary school homework topics including reading, English, history, science and math
Location(s):
Hours:
One late afternoon per week

Teen Advisory Board

Teen Advisory Board meet monthly or more to suggest topics, and plan and host programs and services for teens.

Hours:
varies

Write English Facilitators

Write English is an informal writing group for adults with intermediate or higher English language skills. Experience facilitating a small group is preferred, but not required. Group size is limited and individuals must register prior to enrolling. Activities may include exploring various writing styles and purposes and providing feedback on writing activities. Reporting requirements: Facilitators are expected to gather participant attendance and individual registration forms and submit them weekly to the Adult Education division via email. there is a one-year minimum commitment for this position. Orientation is required and offered several times a year.

Hours:
Varies