How You Can Help

The Boys & Girls Club of Somerset County is a fantastic organization that provides a valuable and necessary service to our community's youth. You can become a part of the magic that is the Boys & Girls Club in a variety of ways. If you are interested in helping in any way, please contact the Club at (814) 445-1802 or on the web at info@bgcsomersetcounty.org.
 
 
Volunteer Positions Available
 
1.) Drop-in Volunteer- A “drop-in volunteer” stops by at their leisure. This position is perfect for a busy person who wants to contribute to the Club. This volunteer could drop by twice a week or twice a month from 2:45-4:00 p.m. to help with homework time and/ or from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. to help with programming. You may assist a staff person in a program area such as crafts or cooking or find a child in our lounge to engage in a board game, pool, foosball or a puzzle. There is no agreed upon frequency to your visits and no need to spend time planning an activity.
 
2.) Academic Volunteer- If you are interested in helping kids with their academic development, you may want to come on a regular basis to assist in homework, then stick around to tutor. Zach Boyer is our Tutoring Coordinator and can set you up with children on a grade-level and in a subject area with which you are comfortable.
 
3.) Teen Program Volunteer- We have a blossoming number of teens interested in attending the Boys & Girls Club. About 15 attend each day and hang out in our teen room. We are always looking for ideas to engage them in activity in place of just “hang out time” and video games. If you feel you connect well with this age group and would like to plan and carry out activities for them, please talk with the Program Director.
 
4.) Special Instructor- The Boys & Girls Club works to engage community members in our EITC program, which provides instructor stipends and materials for classes in the areas of cooking and nutrition, technology, science and art. If you have expertise or an interest in these fields, consider offering a one-time or ongoing weekly class (typically 3-6 weeks). Classes are offered twice a day: once from about 4-4:45 p.m. and again from 4:45-5:30 p.m. It works best to offer projects that can be completed in one class, but it is also possible to have kids sign-up for a class that builds on itself so you have the same group of kids each week. Agnes Ruhe our Program Director, schedules these classes.
 
5.) Programming Aid- A Programming Aid is our most committed volunteer. Programming Aids agree to take over an area of programming and offer this activity regularly over an indefinite period of time. Programs could include Drug & Alcohol Resistance, Diversity Programming, Technology Programming, Money Management, Sports & Recreation, etc. Boys & Girls Club of America provides curriculum in many of these areas with much room for creativity. You may also choose to create your own program in cooperation with the Club.
 
6.) Support Volunteer- Support volunteers do not work directly with kids, but contribute their valuable skills in other areas: cleaning, fundraising, organizing, clerical and event planning are examples.
 
7.) Other- How do you envision yourself contributing to the Club? What are your strengths and talents? What are your goals as a volunteer? The Program Director is happy to work with you to determine your role in our organization based on your strengths, interests and schedule.

Interested in donating?  Please visit our Donations page.
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