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Help Others Succeed

Open Door Volunteers inspire and motivate by teaching students the skills they need to succeed. In 2016, 50 volunteers contributed 2900 hours and provided 1600 hours of classroom instruction for our students.


Weekly Teacher
Volunteers teach the same level and class once a week for a semester, in their preferred subject area: ESL, Computers, TASC Math, of Children’s literacy.  Spanish is not necessary, except for the TASC class.

Substitute Teacher
Volunteers step in when our regular teachers have scheduling conflicts. Substitute teachers allow students to continue their learning all semester.

Volunteers administer written and verbal placement tests, and welcome new students to our program. This need is especially great each fall, when over 400 students register for class.

Running Coach
Volunteers motivate and lead runs with students (1-13 mile runs) to prepare them for The Open Door’s annual half-marathon, as well as smaller runs throughout the year. This is a powerful way to build students’ confidence and build community.



How to Volunteer:

Request an application at info@theopendoornjny.org or fill out the form below

Attend a training

Observe a class

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What Our Volunteers Say

“I enjoyed connecting personally with my students. Their stories are filled with struggle, yet what shines most is their hope and motivation to learn and make better lives for themselves.”
-Sylvia Kim, Basic Level Teacher


“What motivates my students is to spend time with their children, help with homework, communicate with their teachers.  Simple things like this, that I have often taken for granted, are what motivate me to continue to give back.”
-Erin Hamil, Level 2 Teacher

Resources for Current Volunteers


The ESL curriculum this year is National Geographic's Standout series.  To access online video, audio, and testing materials:

  • Go to http://ngl.cengage.com/sites/stand-out/teacher and enter username: standout, password: teacher.  
  • You will find:
    • Audio and Video links to stream in class
    • Under the Documents Tab, a pacing guide to plan your lessons for the year
    • Under the Documents Tab, scripts for the audio and video files
    • Under the Activity Bank Tab, multilevel worksheets to tailor the lesson to students of varying levels in your class.


The Open Door's Spanish language GED curriculum: Level 1 and Level 2.


The computer class uses www.grclearnfree.org for its curriculum.  We teach Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

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