Washoe Country School District
About Us & Contact Information
For the past eleven years, under the leadership of Lisa-Marie Lightfoot, Volunteer Services has been coordinating community resources and supporting staff as they enrich the educational experience of all Washoe County School District students.
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Information about the Volunteer Services Community Advisory Board and its members.
About WCSD Volunteer Services
Volunteer Services has one full time Volunteer Services Administrator, one part-time (5 Hour) secretary and the state’s largest Americorps VISTA program in Nevada. We serve 20 areas of the WCSD Strategic Plan. Below are highlights of our 2011-2012 accomplishments:
- Volunteer Services screened 16,402 parent and community volunteers. 10,504 are parents to help WCSD schools, departments and programs. The estimated volunteer hours are over one million hours (1,722,210) with an estimated financial contribution of $17,222,100.00 based on a $10.00 per hour wage. (16,402 volunteers X 3 hours per week X 35 weeks a school year X $10.00 per hour).
- Volunteer Services, school recruitment and community programs provided 5,898 community Volunteers from free Public Service Announcements, media opportunities, online recruiting publicity and community site recruiting opportunities.
- Volunteer Services served the following areas of the WCSD Strategic Plan- 1.1.3, 1.1.4, 1.1.7, 1.1.9, 1.2.3, 1.2.4, 1.2.5, 1.2.6, 1.2.8, 1.2.10, 1.3.3, 3.2.5, 3.3.2, 3.3.3, 3.3.4, 3.3.6, 3.3.7, 4.1.5, 4.3.5 and 4.3.6. With the move to HR, we will be helping support more HR areas with people resources.
- Volunteer Services provided people and other resources for 63 schools and 21 departments and programs.
- Volunteer Services provided 438 Reading Tutors as Literacy support for WCSD
- 103,381 books were provided through the Read & Succeed Incentive (Take-Home or Give-Away) book program and distributed to 55 schools/sites. With our Grassroots partnership and the financial support from City of Reno Neighborhood Advisory Boards, we will be providing over 200,000 books for the 2012-2013 school year.
- The new Read & Succeed Exchange Book Program launched on October 23, 2012 and provided 25,000 books for site/students to exchange at over 71 community sites.
- Read & Succeed Activity Book Program launched in June and provided over 10,000 activity books to local sites for families, e.g. Renown, St. Mary’s, Reno Homeless Shelter, Ronald McDonald House, Willow Springs, Children’s Cabinet, Kid’s Cottage, Head Start and Family Resource Centers.
- Volunteer and Parent reading, writing and math trainings are offered by Volunteer Services-Read To Me (Early Childhood), First Teacher Reading/Writing (Kindergarten), First Teacher Math (Kindergarten), Read & Succeed (K-6) and Math Paths (K-3). All trainings were designed by the WCSD Center for Teaching and Learning to assist teachers in the classroom and to support parents helping elementary students at home. Trainings are provided by E.L. Cord and have been made available to all elementary schools and Mariposa Academy (days or evenings at their convenience, Spanish or English) and all training materials are translated into Spanish. 20 trainings were provided to 440 of community volunteers and parents at 19 schools. 8 trainings are also being offered through Parent University, but are available to all elementary schools by request through Volunteer Services. 298 Field Experience Practicum Students from local college education programs were trained and scheduled as intervention resources for reading and math interventions at school sites. Each student provided 20 hours of tutoring.
- Volunteer Services has the largest VISTA program in Nevada with 9 one-year VISTAs providing volunteer development and capacity building and 21 Summer VISTAs for tutoring in summer school and Reengagement Centers.
- Volunteer Services provided a summer NCCC team that worked in Plant Facilities inventorying chemicals that are hazardous to students at 13 high schools, 13 middle schools and 53 elementary schools and supported other school clean-up projects.
- 71 college financial-aid student-workers from UNR, TMCC and CCNN provided Literacy, tutoring and 18,919 officer support hours at 51 schools, departments and programs.
- Volunteer Services facilitated community people resource programs, e.g. AARP, JOIN State Welfare, and Reno Housing authority providing 32 people resources and 20,628 hours of help to 49 schools, programs and departments.
- Volunteer Services established partnerships with United Way, Grassroots Book store and the Community Compact.
- Volunteer Services completed a volunteer training module with UNR for new teachers.
- Volunteer Services supported the Superintendent’s Door To Door project by providing screening and facilitating over 165 volunteers for the one day event.
- Volunteer Services received RIF, E. L. Cord, May Foundation, Helen Close Foundation, Dermody Properties, Neighborhood Advisory Boards and TMCC Regents Grant and other small donations.
- Episodic volunteering-Murals were done this summer at Mt. Rose, Cannan and Sparks Middle school.
(Not the fingerprinting office)
494 Poplar St. Reno NV 89512
Monday through Friday 8am to 4pm
except weekends and holidays
Phone: (775) 348-0345