Volunteers Wanted for Coaching, Teaching Citizenship Class

by Katie Pyzyk July 30, 2012 at 10:00 am 4,804 15 Comments

(Updated at 6:10 p.m.) Volunteers are needed for a variety of opportunities throughout Arlington, such as citizenship teachers and youth soccer coaches. More information about the opportunities listed below, in addition to a list of others, can be found online.

  • The Arlington Soccer Association (ASA) seeks people who would like to volunteer as soccer coaches and assistant coaches for the fall season. Volunteers must enjoy working with kids ages 6-16. Soccer experience is helpful but not required. Coaches will be given training, and all necessary equipment is provided by ASA. Coaches must be available for games, typically on Saturdays, and for one or two practices per week on weeknights. Applicants can contact Justin Wilt at 703-527-0157.
  • The Community Outreach Program is looking for volunteers to be citizenship class teachers. There’s no need to be a certified teacher, the instructors come from all different backgrounds and professions. Volunteers must just be able to go through an orientation class and use materials they are given to teach immigrants the information necessary to pass the U.S. citizenship exam. There’s particular need for an instructor on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Middle School (125 S. Old Glebe Road). There are also some positions open for weekday classes from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Clarendon Education Center (2801 Clarendon Blvd). Although it’s preferred that volunteers commit to at least three months, those who can’t make the full commitment are welcome to apply for substitute positions. Anyone interested in applying can contact Aaron McCready at 703-228-1397.
  • The Department of Parks and Recreation needs volunteers to help children with disabilities learn to swim. Trained staff members will lead the classes and volunteers will be in the pool to offer assistance and encouragement to participants. Experience working with individuals with disabilities is a plus, but not required. Volunteers should be comfortable in the water and able to swim, and should be able to attend four sessions throughout the year (one for each season). The sessions will take place at the pool adjacent to Yorktown High School (5200 Yorktown Blvd). Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Shaeron King at 703-228-4731.

  • Wilbur

    Just make sure that if you volunteer for these organizations – and they do a background check on you – you know how they are handling and securing your personal information. Unfortunately, providing your personal information for the privilege of giving these organizations your free time – can put you at substantial risk of identity theft.

    • The voice in your head

      Don’t forget to tape your doors shut when you leave the house…I’m pretty sure the bad men entered your house last week but we need to get proof…..

  • Chimichanga

    Ok i’m going for soccer.

    let’s see all the others that run their mouths here make a real difference in the community.

    • WeiQiang

      May we nominate others? I nominate novasteve to be a citizenship class teacher.

      • Bluemontsince1961

        I hope you’re kidding!

        • JohnB

          Only if Kev was on standby for substitute.

          • WeiQiang

            Thank you for beating me to that follow-up. Perhaps KEV could be an adjunct teacher focusing on the 2nd Amendment rights of new citizens. I’m thinking that, for students whose first language is not English, he could use a mnemonic like, “Arlington streets are sometimes scary. Please consider concealed carry.”

      • SomeGuy

        I know we’re just making clown comments (bro), but I’ve actually never read any negative comments here about LEGAL immigration, which I assume is the context of these citizenship classes.

        I think any derisive comments Novasteve and KEV make about immigration are specific to the illegal variety. I think.

    • Lee-n-Glebe

      ASA is a great program. Props to Bob Bigney for doing a fantastic job.

      • true that

        I agree. My daughter just got finished with an ASA camp last week and it was great.

  • YTK

    Need volunteers to teach manners and hygiene too.

    • Hank

      I’m assuming you are directing this comment towards the Arlington Soccer Association, correct? Some of those kids are smelly and rude!

      • Lee-n-Glebe

        What are you talking about?

        • Hank

          I’m referring to YTK’s post.

  • The adapted swimming opportunity is at Yorktown High School, not Wakefield. Please contact Shaeron King for details.


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