The Salvation Army of Reading is in need of volunteers for its after-school program. Up to 70 children in first through ninth grade are enrolled in the program, which is open Monday through Friday, 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm, at The Salvation Army of Reading on S. 5th Street.
“Volunteers are especially valuable to our after-school program,” said Lt. Ted Tressler, Co-Commanding Officer, The Salvation Army of Reading. “They aide the program managers with daily activities and provide the children with mentorship and leadership.”
Ten to 12 volunteers are needed to lead crafts, gym and social activities, and assist with homework tutoring. Volunteers should be at least 18 years of age and enjoy working with children. Retired teachers and college students interested in pursuing a career in education are preferred, but not required. Volunteers are asked to commit to one to five days a week, for at least two to three months with the program, but the entire school year is ideal. Schedule is very flexible but availability must fall within the program hours: 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm.
Interested individuals should contact Jeanine Roth, Program Director: 610-373-5208, ext. 208 or Jeanine.Roth@use.salvationarmy.org.
The Salvation Army of Reading is committed to “doing the most good” in the community. Each year it serves more than 25,000 people in crisis through utility assistance, food distribution, holiday assistance, clothing and transportation vouchers and other emergency funds. It provides permanent housing for chronically homeless and disabled individuals, a learning center with after-school programming, early childhood development, teen mentoring, summer camp and adult education classes. In 2016, The Salvation Army of Reading also launched Pathway of Hope, a new intensive case-management initiative to help motivated families achieve self-sufficiency. For more information, please visit www.SalvationArmyReading.org
About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware is a faith-based, comprehensive human service organization whose programs help individuals, families and whole communities lead healthier, safer and more productive lives. Since 1879, The Army has held a record of accomplishment stemming from its holistic approach to providing for the needs of the whole individual – physically, emotionally, economically and spiritually. The Army’s programming serves every zip code through 51 community centers and a network of volunteers throughout Eastern Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Delaware. Programs and services include: shelter, hot meals, counseling, early childhood development, recreational opportunities, music programs, after-school arts and educational programs, job training, activities for older adults, spiritual development, and drug rehabilitation.
Mission Statement: The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.