Members of the PATH Program and First 5 Service Corps served the local community in various cities within the Inland Empire as a contribution to the National Service Week that AmeriCorps hosts via its many members across the country annually. During the first week of April, our service members assisted in building a community garden for a Head Start location in Rialto. This garden is now being utilized to help teach children the basics of life science visible in observing of plants being grown and taken care of by the students. Our members assisted with another outdoor gardening project, which occurred at Los Rios Ranch in Oak Glen. Here the team and other volunteers assisted in carefully transplanting vital plants that only grow during California’s short rain season and provide the trees and other native plants with nitrogen rich soil to ensure a healthy life span for these plants that provide homes and food for the native wildlife. Another event that was attended was the annual Walk for Kids hosted by the Ronald McDonald House. Our members assisted at the Fontana location and served all of those coming from afar and also participating in the event that helps many of the children served by the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Lastly, a few members were also able to assist the Family and Kids Foundation, located in Colton, and provided a helping hand in their food pantry. Upwards of 65 families were served on this occasion with full loads of groceries and meals provided to anybody that needed the assistance. This was a special occasion for the foundation as well, since fresh produce was donated and given to the families in need too. Members here assisted in preparing the grocery items for all families who arrived.
On February 10th, 2018, members of the PATH AmeriCorps program were invited to serve at Reach Out’s Family Game Day in Upland, CA. The event provided participating families with endless hours of family fun involved in board games, making crafts, and also enjoying a meal together. All children who attended received a prize for playing each board game with their families and were also entered into a raffle to win additional prizes provided by Reach Out. The event started out slowly, but then blossomed into an entire afternoon of families enjoying each others’ company free of any distractions and focused entirely on having fun together.
On Saturday, January 13th 2018, members of the First 5 Service Corps and PATH AmeriCorps Programs participated in a motivating and engaging event in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Our members were privileged to serve alongside other AmeriCorps members from the Youth Action Project by making over 500 lunches and care packages, consisting of hygiene products and essentials, for homeless residents surrounding the YMCA in San Bernardino, CA. All members also witnessed a special presentation open to all people within the community that discussed the teachings of Dr. King and how they remain relevant to this present day. The powerful lectures presented boldly by Dr. Wil Greer, Pastor LaQuetta Bush-Simmons, and Professor Monica Stockhausen, combined to present a call to action for the community to continue the unfinished work of Dr. King and for all people to acknowledge the importance of his life work. To close the empowering event for the day, a basketball tournament was hosted for the youth that attended.
On December 23, 2017, Mary’s Mercy Center in San Bernardino held it’s Annual Christmas Party. This event has a huge outcome every year and this year was no different. With over 1,100 children pre-registered to receive gifts, take a picture with Santa, and enjoy a meal with their families, the smiles of all attendees made it evident as to how much good Mary’s Mercy Center does for a struggling community. Over 600 adults and older teenagers also came to the event and were able to get into the Christmas Spirit by also receiving gifts. The AmeriCorps PATH members and many other volunteers from various organizations and schools proudly served the attendees by wrapping presents, serving food, and helping run and organize an additional raffle in which an entire fleet of bikes were raffled off to the huge crowd of excited children. The efforts of Mary’s Mercy Center to provide such an amazing event in the heart of San Bernardino where such a thing is necessary for the community is just one of the many services the hardworking staff at the Center do to serve the homeless and those in need within their own community.
Are there any benefits to this position?
- Volunteers receive a Monthly Living Allowance for their time
- Student Loan Deferment and some of the student loan interest paid
- Education Award at the end of the service term
- Great experience working with preschool children and community agencies!
What is a Volunteer Parent Coach?
Works on an individual basis with families utilizing Nurturing Parenting Program (NPP)
Provide support and case management to parents
Participate in trainings and other professional growth opportunities
Provide the necessary information and referrals to families in need
Administer a Pre/Post Skills Assessment to each parent assigned
Enters data and submits reports as instructed in a timely manner
Meets with lead agency supervisor and plans delivery of instruction to parent(s) weekly
Represents First 5 San Bernardino and partner agencies during community events
Ability to work non-traditional hours, including evenings and some weekends
Performs other duties as assigned
What kind of skills do I need?
- Experience and or interest working with preschool age children
- Knowledge of Child Development
- Good verbal and written communication skills
- Experience and willingness to work with culturally diverse children and families
- Knowledge of community resources available to children 0-5 and their families
- Ability to take initiative and perform duties with little supervision
What are the minimum qualifications?
- Must be at least 18 years of age.
- Must possess a high school diploma and 6 units in human/health services related field 6 ECE units can be substituted with an undergraduate degree (AA or Bachelors) and/or work experience in a related field
- Must be a U.S. citizen of lawful permanent resident
- Clearance of fingerprint background check with Department of Justice and FBI
- Clean DMV report and proof of auto insurance
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