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.
Volunteers teach the same level and class once a week for a semester, in their preferred subject area: ESL, Computer Literacy, TASC/GED Math, Middle School Math or Children’s literacy. Spanish is not necessary, except for the TASC/GED class and Middle School math class.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the form below
Attend a training
Observe a class
What Our Volunteers Say
As we bring the community together through English classes and programs to help immigrants reach their God-given potential at The Open Door, we are delighted to work with over 40 volunteers each week who make that possible. We are thankful for our volunteers’ hearts to serve and care for their students.
Let us introduce you to a few of these wonderful people we get to serve with each week!
“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.