Invest in the community – volunteer

Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 09:48 AM.

* Volunteers are an essential part of any team! The St. Joseph Bay Buffer Preserve is requesting assistance for a wide variety of tasks, everything from gardening to visitor relations to participating in the scientific work that is on-going at the Buffer.  This month we’d like to spotlight:

Bay Day:  Twice a year on the first Saturday in February and October, locals and tourists alike enjoy a Low Country Boil and educational tours of the Preserve and Bay.  A lot of effort and planning are required to accomplish these events.  Please consider contacting the Preserve to learn how you can help Sandra and our Friends group put together this wonderful fun-filled day for the community.

* Be a part of making a difference in your local schools! Volunteer to teach a Junior Achievement class at the fifth-, eighth- or high school-level, and help teach students real LIFE SKILLS. Junior Achievement teaches our children about running businesses, managing money, and preparing to get a job.

All of our classes are taught by volunteers from the community. Whether you are an employee, employer, retiree, or stay-at-home parent, Junior Achievement values the life experiences you can share with the students while teaching the Junior Achievement courses.

All volunteers are provided course “kits” that have everything you need to teach a class, as well as training that will help you feel more comfortable in the classroom. All kits have hands-on activities that keep the students engaged and interested.

A class lasts 5-7 weeks, depending on the age group, and meets once each week, during the school day, for an hour. The amount of commitment time is 5-7 hours to teach the class, two hours for training, and your preparation time which varies from person to person.

The classes are sponsored by individuals and businesses in the community, and by the Tapper Foundation and Port St. Joe Capacity Building Fund. There is no cost to the school or the volunteer.

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