After School Program
Targeting college students and high school seniors to serve as volunteers along with other responsible adults who do not have a driver’s license (as that is currently a qualification for our community based component) to be a mentor to a child at the AIS elementary school at Western Connecticut State University. The mentor will come and work with a child one day a week for 2 hours at the school from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The first hour will be focused on school work and the second hour will be for recreation.
A group of volunteers who plan and chaperone 2-4 activities per month for all children in Good Friend, but specifically focused on those children on our waiting list. Some of the activities have included a sports night, Fall Festival, high ropes, skiing and much more.
In addition to chaperones, we have had groups and individuals lead one-time events or a series of classes which teach a skill.
Providing one-on-one tutoring for kids in the program that need extra academic support.
Each year around the holidays, Good Friend looks to provide families with limited resources the help they need. Not just a toy drive, the needs of each family member, some of the wants of each person, and the overall family needs are met by individuals, families, churches, corporations and foundations. Planning begins in early October.
Back to School
Together with the volunteer center we work to get elementary aged program participants school supplies to prepare them for their upcoming school year.