Banyan is a community development organization that nurtures indigenous leadership development. Because of our commitment to build leaders inside our community, our volunteer opportunities complement what we need to access from outside of our community skill sets. Volunteer positions are typically ongoing (9 months to a few years), and require an application, interview, and background check. Opportunities include: high school tutor, kids club volunteer, board and committees. One time opportunities include work place tours, business networking opportunities, professional/civic groups presentations to share the Banyan story, and career talks.
High School Tutor (One Year)
During the school year, Banyan has over 20 high school students that attend the ASPIRE! tutoring program for support with their school work. Because our students attend a high achieving school, we need highly skilled tutors that can work 1:1 with students to help explain calculus, physics, biology, chemistry, and AP classes. Time commitment is one night a week (Monday or Wednesday) from 6:30- 8:00pm.
Banyan Board Committees (One Year)
Committees at Banyan are a great way to put your business skills to work. It also gives you a good idea of how Banyan runs. Committees support the work of the Board. Board positions are filled through committee members. Committee assignments vary, and tend to be one year commitment. Committees are made up of Board members and non-board members that are engaged around a specific task/goal.
Kids Club Volunteer (5 mo)
From January to May Banyan needs committed volunteers that will come every Thursday night from 6:00-8:00pm to build relationships and support the work of Kids Club. This is our Christian Discipleship program for kids grades Kindergarten to Eighth grade.
Work Place Tours (one time)
Our middle school students spend a lot of time learning about careers, it is even better when they can see them in action! We need friendly businesses that will allow our youth to tour your business to learn what you do and how you do it! Our group is about 20-25 young people and leaders. We have vans to come to you!
Our high school and college youth need connections to the market place. Providing an internship for this purpose is great! Help our older youth explore what they might want to major in for college and beyond!
The School’s Cool program provides every Banyan youth with a new backpack, school supplies, and school uniforms to ensure they are prepared when they walk into the classroom. It really does make a difference that year after year Banyan kids are prepared to go each fall. Years and years of this adds up to one thing – GRADUATION! We are looking to add a partner and/or individuals to help facilitate and fund School’s Cool.
An important resource for Banyan is business networking. Banyan is able to grow as more and more people learn about the transformational work happening in the Phillips neighborhood. We need networkers that will share the story and make introductions to organizations, churches, and groups that might be able to support our work.
Share Banyan with Professional/Civic Groups
We would come to your professional or civic group to share the Banyan story and learn about ways to support and engage with our work.
Occasionally we have people come in to give talks to our youth on their careers and what path they took to make it a career. We will also have high school students visit places of employment and shadow people that have jobs that youth may be interested in.
Personally educate a high school kid! Be a scholarship sponsor for four years and be a part of changing a young person’s life.
Groups can host an awareness activity or fundraiser to share the Banyan story. This is an ideal opportunity for youth groups, families, neighbors, etc. to host a car wash, dessert party, dunk tank, etc. (the sky is the limit) and raise awareness for the work of Banyan.
Each year Banyan middle school youth participate in an artist in residence program to create a canvas painting tied to a theme. The artist’s canvas’ travel to area churches/businesses for display and we would welcome the opportunity to partner with employees to create an exhibition at their workplace, church or other venue.
We would welcome other ideas that you might have, a particular skill that could support the work of Banyan. Just email for us to learn more. If you are interested in volunteering with Banyan Community, email Development Director Sue Riesgraf at firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information and the skills you wish to share, and your area of interest. Thank you!