Emmaus Explorers Seeks Summer Volunteers

Emmaus is looking for summer volunteers to help make learning fun for children living at its Family Shelter.

Emmaus is organizing a six-week summer enrichment program called Emmaus Explorers, open to school-aged children enrolled in the Emmaus Family Shelter. The program gives children the opportunity to improve their math and reading skills, build rockets while learning about space, participate in Olympics Day events, learn about gardening, visit the zoo, and more, according to Margot Regan, events/marketing and communications manager.

Funded by a Youth Development Volunteer Initiative Grant from the Massachusetts Service Alliance, Emmaus Explorers will be run by a program coordinator and assisted by volunteers. The program meets three afternoons a week, and each day focuses on different hands-on educational topics including art/science, health/wellness and math/reading. There will be also be family field trips throughout the summer to the Stone Zoo, Joppa Flats Education Center and the Discovery Museums in Acton as well as on-site family enrichment activities including International Night, Family Game Night and a Student Showcase. The Americorps/VISTA members were instrumental in securing the funding for this program and developing the curriculum.

Emmaus is recruiting volunteers to assist in leading Emmaus Explorers programing. Volunteer applicants must at least 16 years old and be able to commit to one afternoon per week for the duration of the program, June 30 through August 6.

Those interested in volunteering with the Emmaus Explorers program should contact Leah Schenkel at [email protected] or by calling (978) 241-3547.