RE Volunteer Opportunities
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Adults who have attended USSB regularly for at least 6 months are encouraged to volunteer. Because volunteering is open to parents and non-parents alike, it is a great opportunity to connect with a variety of people who make up our loving community. Volunteering in RE is a wonderful way to get to know our fabulous kids, to share your passion
Volunteering with RE
- Childcare Volunteers – Offered in Starr King from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and staffed by two adults, our childcare program primarily serves families with toddlers and preschool aged children. Occasionally we will also serve families with nursery aged children. Childcare has a rotating team of assistants whose service closely resembles that of the K-5 Journey Guides in that their role requires mindful presence. Commitment is one Sunday per month September through June.
- Children’s Time Volunteers – Children under 10 have the option of leaving the sanctuary and participating in Children’s Time following Time for All Ages. Children’s Time provides children with an optional activity and loosely structured playtime with the intention of building community. If you want to lead an activity (anything you are excited about!) we would love your help. Commitment is one Sunday a year, during both the 9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services.
- Journey Guides – Two of our grade-level groups, K-2 and 3-5, have a rotating team of assistants who volunteer alongside the facilitators and whose presence is invaluable even though they don’t “teach.” They help as an extra set of eyes, and hands, and serve as the second adult in the room to support our safety policy. Commitment is ONE Sunday per month September through June.
- Facilitators – These are leaders who teach on Sundays during Middle Hour with the help of a Journey Guide. Both grade-level groups, K-2 and 3-5, have facilitators. Facilitators complete an interest inventory and coordinate with Director of Children’s RE, Jena Foster to ensure they are leading activities aligned with their expressed interests and passions. Typical commitment is ONE or TWO Sundays a year.
- High Advisors – This year our 6th-8th graders will be Scouting Our UU Sources. The role of the Jr. High Advisor bridges that of Facilitators and Journey Guides. While Advisors will most often be chaperoning visits to other faith communities, welcoming guest speakers and learning alongside Jr. High participants, Advisors will from time to time, facilitate group discussions about world religions and guide youth through a research project. Typical commitment is FOUR to SIX Sundays a year.
- Event Support – Arguably the most flexible and fun way to support Children’s Religious Education. CRE hosts 8 multigenerational events a year. Ways to volunteer include prepping craft materials from home, shopping, hosting a craft table, preparing food, volunteering for the holiday play, helping with set up and clean up and organization of supplies. Commitment varies depending upon the role(s) you choose to fill.
- General Support – General support is always welcome and ways of supporting range from creative jobs to office jobs to running errands to helping organize and inventory supplies. Time commitment varies.
If you are interested in becoming a Children’s Religious Education Volunteer, please contact Jena@ussb.org.