Calling All Volunteers
For immediate release: Aug. 29, 2017
Boys & Girls Clubs of Mason Valley issues call for volunteers
AmeriCorps volunteers complete 10-week service, leave gap
YERINGTON, Nev. –– The Boys & Girls Clubs of Mason Valley issued a call for volunteers at its locations in Yerington, Silver Springs and Dayton at the conclusion of the Club’s 10-week program with 12 AmeriCorps volunteers from May through July.
“Volunteers are the lifeblood of community involvement at the Club,” Emily Steepleton, volunteer coordinator, said. “We’re looking for people who are dedicated to sharing their knowledge and skills with our Club members. Even as little as an hour a week makes a big difference.”
Steepleton said Club members enjoy working with people from the community in arts and crafts, reading and literacy, computers, games, athletics and many other activities.
“Our biggest need during the school year is program help, especially in our classes of SMART Moves (alcohol and drug prevention), BGC Reads (individual, group, and one on one reading classes for K-3rd graders) and Positive Action (learning how to think, feel and react in a positive manner),” she said. “Teacher aids in these programs are often under-looked and so necessary for providing state of the art Boys & Girls Clubs of America programming.”
During the summer, Steepleton said 12 volunteers from the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, or NCCC, worked with Club kids in all three summer locations.
“They really contributed to our activities and the kids really enjoyed them,” she said. “We are looking forward to working with volunteers from our own communities to help enrich the lives of these kids.”
Kelsey Stoneberger, media representative for the NCCC volunteer group, said although her team was based out of Sacramento, team members came from all over the country to perform 10 weeks of service work in various towns and regions during their 10-month stint in the Corps, including habitat restoration and construction jobs in northern California and Vachon Island in Washington.
“Teams are chosen for projects based on strengths, experience and team leadership,” she said. “Many of us have a lot of experience working with kids, and this was a nice change from construction.”
Byrle Curry, one of the Club’s long-time volunteers is considered the Clubs’ Foster Grandparent. She comes three days a week and said she looks forward to her Club days so she can truly get to know the kids, their backgrounds, and interests and be a person to support their day to day happenings.
“Though it’s simple, my favorite thing to do is sit with the kids and just listen,” she said. “Many of these kids just need an ear to listen to them.”
Steepleton said the club can also use administrative help, and volunteers with all skill sets, abilities and interests are welcome.
“Seeing the kids develop, learn, and grow with the help of volunteers is a gift that you can’t receive anywhere else” she said.
For more information about becoming a volunteer at one of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mason Valley locations in Yerington, Dayton and Silver Springs, contact Emily Steepleton at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (775) 463-2334.
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Photo Cutline: Justin Protentis, far right, AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps volunteer, from Acton, Mass., works with kids at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mason Valley’s Dayton summer camp. Protentis is part of a 10-week tour for NCCC volunteers. The Club is seeking new volunteers to help fill the void left when the NCCC crew finished their tour. Contact Emily Steepleton at email@example.com or call (775) 463-2334 for more information on volunteering at the Club.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Mason Valley
Boys & Girls Clubs of Mason Valley is an after-school program located in Yerington, Silver Springs, Mineral County and Dayton. The Club serves about 600 kids and teens daily with a total enrollment of more than 2,000 youth. Programs offered at the Club include fitness, arts, education, career prep and leadership. The Mason Valley Food Bank, The Attic Thrift Store, The Yerington Movie House and The Sno Shack are all operated by the Club. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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