United Way of North Central Florida
The Alachua County Retired Senior Volunteer Program (AC-RSVP) is being implemented through the United Way of North Central Florida. Volunteers are recruited throughout the county to help improve educational outcomes in the community. Unfortunately, many of the children and youth in Alachua County do not have the resources and support they need to succeed in school. Through AC-RSVP 300 volunteers will be recruited over three years to help the children in our community succeed in school. Volunteers must be 55 years old or older to be a part of AC-RSVP. Some of the exciting volunteer opportunities include participating in the following initiatives:
* Serve as a Reading Buddy for children in VPK programs that had less than 70% of the children in attendance enter school ready to learn (based on the Kindergarten Readiness assessment scores for each VPK program).
* Serve as a Reading Buddy for 2nd and 3rd graders participating in the Early Literacy Initiative that is focused on improving 3rd grade reading proficiency at Lake Forest Elementary, Idlywild Elementary, Terwilliger Elementary and the Boys and Girls Club of Alachua County.
* Serve as a tutor and/or mentor for 9th or 10th grade students that are participating in the Check & Connect, Drop-Out Prevention program at Gainesville High School, Eastside High School or Hawthorne High School.