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Volunteers help local children thrive in school

A rewarding opportunity awaits adults, age 50 and older who want to truly make a difference in the life of a child. Volunteers are needed to tutor and mentor children in kindergarten through third grade at select schools in the Portland area.The AARP Experience Corps program places older adult volunteers at schools that have identified disadvantaged students needing extra help to achieve academic success. Many of these students face the challenges of poverty and difficult home lives. The attention given to them by the mentors can truly make the difference in their academic success, says program coordinator, Jessica McLaren. Mentors work one-on-one or in small groups with students at the elementary schools. 

AARP Experience Corps is a national program, locally housed at Metropolitan Family Service, which serves to tap into the experience and passion of older Americans to ensure that every child has a chance to succeed in school and in life. This program is rewarding for the students and the mentors alike, McLaren says. The greatest need is at Glibert Heights, Prescott, Hall and Davis elementary schools.

No experience is needed, as all volunteers receive training and ongoing support. A love of children, patience, compassion, a sense of humor and the desire to make a difference are all that is needed. Volunteers commit to five or six hours per week.  Some stipend positions are available for those volunteering 15 hours per week throughout the school year.

For more information, call Deborah at 503-232-0007 ext. 222 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .