Many Ways to Get Involved
Ascension Catholic School has volunteer opportunities for individuals as well as groups large and small. We will work to match your skills and availability with our scholars’ needs.
Volunteer Opportunities Limited During this Time
We are grateful for your interest in supporting our Academy scholars! At this time, we are limiting volunteer engagement as our teachers determine scholar support needs. Please submit your name and contact information to our volunteer survey form, and we will follow up with you as needs continue to rise for our scholars.
On-going Volunteer Opportunities
Work one on one or in a small group with students in the classroom.
Available hours: Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. on a scheduled basis with the classroom teacher.
Assist students in our after school Homework Help Program.
Available hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 2 – 3 p.m.
This program pairs a volunteer with a student for a one hour per week reading session to improve reading and language skills. You will attend a short orientation session to learn a highly effective curriculum that guides your tutoring.
Reading Partners launched in the Twin Cities in the fall of 2015. On average, students more than double their rate of reading progress while in the program.
Volunteer Tutor Requirements:
- No formal teaching experience needed
- Must be 14 years or older and complete Safe Environment Training
- Commit just one hour a week, mid-September through early June with option to continue during SLAM program.
Help supervise scholars in our after-school Latchkey Program, which serves scholars in grades K-8.
Available hours: Monday through Friday, 2 – 4:30 p.m.
MCA Math Prep
This essential one-on-one program pairs volunteers with eighth grade students to help prepare them for the Math MCAIII test. Volunteers need to have a basic knowledge of geometry and algebra, and the ability to work once a week with students from October until the test in the spring.
Hours: Mondays or Thursdays from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Do you have a special talent, area of expertise or experience that you can share with our middle-school students? Career exploration, college prep tips, cooking, entrepreneurship, sewing and leadership skills are examples of the topics we would love to cover. Sharing your gifts with our students helps familiarize them with new ideas and opportunities.
Available hours: Monday through Friday, 3– 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday, 10:30 to 10:50 a.m. or 11 to 11:20 a.m.
General assistance shelving books and checking them in or out.
Available hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Many people want to help our scholars succeed but aren’t able to commit to a regular volunteer schedule. Throughout the year, volunteers are needed for one-time events such as field trips, gardening, health screening day, school picture day, and costume construction for our early December Christmas Program. To be on an e-mail list for one time volunteer opportunities, please contact Margaret Conroy
Corporate or Group Opportunities
We would love to work with your employee group to find a volunteer program that works for us all. We currently partner with Land O’ Lakes Corp. for a lunchtime reading program called Book Buddies.
The Land O’ Lakes partnered with Ascension in 2014 to establish a reading program that promotes a one-to-one relationship between a volunteer Book Buddy and an Ascension Scholar. This program focuses on the importance and benefit to the scholar of being read TO by their Book Buddy.
Scholars in the lower grades-ideally 1st or 2nd grade – who are determined to benefit the most are chosen to participate. The Book Buddies meet once a week during lunch; while the scholars eat their lunch, the Book Buddy reads to them from books brought along from the classroom.
Book Buddies and Their Volunteers
Contact Our Volunteer Manager
For more information about volunteer opportunities or to schedule a tour of Ascension School, please contact: Margaret Conroy, Volunteer Manager, at 763.760.3928Email Margaret