Many single mothers that understand the struggles with time and money would love to volunteer their time to help others. The problem with volunteering and charity work is that many single mothers are strapped for both time and resources on being able to do it. The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and an organization called ePals have partnered up to allow individuals to volunteer their time via the In2Books mentoring program.
Once you volunteer and register, the basics of this volunteer opportunity allow you to engage and read books to a select student in grades 3rd through 6th grade.
These students are connected with carefully screened adult pen pals (volunteers like you) that select and read 5 books closely each year. They exchange 6-10 online letters with their adult ePal that first consist of a "Getting to Know You" letter and then 5 to 9 book letters where both student and adult volunteer share opinions about the books.
I think a volunteer program like this is so valuable for single parents and any other individuals that want to donate their time but they themselves are strapped for time, money or transportation.
To volunteer you can visit the United Way of Dallas and also click on a link to see a full list of their volunteer opportunities.
In2Books brings the Common Core Standards to life with a safe motivating online curriculum that matches students with adult ePals. Students get authentic experience purposefully reading books with ePals and sharing ideas about important issues via online letters.
The In2Books program enables a community of learners — students, educators, families, community organizations, corporations, and mentors — with its intriguing collaborative learning experiences and thought-provoking books. By reading, writing, and thinking about the same books and using related In2Books resources, this continuous support network develops intellectual relationships that challenge and motivate students. At the same time, students gain insight into how adults think about books and express ideas, and learn about diverse interests, points of view and career choices.