By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
Volunteers age 50 or older may sign up in July to become reading tutors and mentors for children in local schools through the AARP Experience Corps.
Training for volunteers will be provided in the summer before school starts in the fall, said Jessica McLaren, the program coordinator. The program also offers continuing support for the volunteers.
“This is what differentiates Experience Corps from other literacy programs,” said McLaren. “We not only understand the needs of children but also of volunteers in this age group, and we provide exceptional support for them.”
In addition to being 50 or older, volunteer mentors must be able to commit to four or more hours per week throughout the school year. Those able to commit to more than 10 hours may receive a monthly stipend.
Although the program has 50 volunteers working in 10 schools on Portland’s east side, in Gresham and in Milwaukie, McLaren said, the needs continue to grow.
The program is housed at Metropolitan Family Service, which creates opportunities to bridge generations and inspires all people to live their best lives. Information about the tutoring program is available at (503) 688-1782 or gro.y1516115865limaf1516115865tem@r1516115865eetnu1516115865lov1516115865.