UCOM's Youth Education Volunteering

Homework House and Believe 2 Become

Do you remember when you were little and you would read with your mom or dad before you went to bed? Do you miss doing this with your kids who are all grown-up now? Well, UCOM is looking for volunteers to help with its afterschool programs at Godfrey Lee Elementary, Godfrey Lee Early Childhood Center, and Cesar Chavez Elementary helping students better their reading and comprehension skills. All that’s needed is a big heart and a little patience.

Take a look at some of the things our tutors had to say about UCOM's educational programs and see if volunteering is right for you.

  • There was once a time when I was helping a girl read, and when she recognized a word, her face lit up. It was as if a door had been opened, and she suddenly realized its meaning. That was lovely.
       -Homework House Tutor

  • The daily interactions with students were always rewarding
       -Homework House Tutor

  • I am thankful to have been able to be a part of a program that encourages kids to read... [By] sacrificing a small amount of time to volunteer at Homework House, [ I ] was able to make a very positive impact on kids' lives. That is a beautiful thing!
       -Homework House Tutor

Homework House

Grades 1-5

(Currently looking for volunteers)

Homework House volunteers are the backbone of UCOM's flagship education program. Volunteers in the program work with students at Godfrey Lee Elementary, Godfrey Lee Early Childhood Center, and Cesar Chavez Elementary teaching valuable literacy skills. Homework House runs throughout the school year and volunteers are asked to commit to at least one day a week for at least one semester. Many of our volunteers are students from area colleges, but people from all walks of life are encouraged to volunteer.

Coordinator: Kathryn Vanderwal Kathryn.Vanderwal@UCOMgr.org

Believe 2 Become

Grades 2-6

(Not currently looking for volunteers)

The Believe 2 Become program is a summer literacy program meant to help combat the learning loss that occurs while students are on summer vacation. The program’s main focus is literacy and reading comprehension, but students will engage in science, math, arts, music, and social studies activities as well.


For more information on any of these volunteer opportunities, please call Shawn Keener, Program Director, or Katie Vanderwal, Education Director, at 616-241-4006.