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Volunteer

One Person Can Make the Difference

 

Lend your time and talent to be a mentor, tutor or foundation volunteer.  Our volunteers find that their time working with students is not only beneficial to them, but also a rewarding experience for the volunteers themselves.

Ways to Participate

There are 2 categories of volunteers who work through the OEF:

Assistive Volunteers – Work under the direction of a teacher and do not have unsupervised contact with students. For example: Homeroom parent, Classroom assistant

 

Independent Volunteers – Provide direct services to students under the supervision of a teacher and may have unsupervised contact with students. For example: Tutor, Mentor

There are 3 clearances required for all OEF Volunteers:

  • Pennsylvania State Police – Criminal Records check
  • Dept. of Public Welfare – Child Abuse check
  • FBI Fingerprint Clearance

The Oxford Educational Foundation will pay any fees for clearances for all of our volunteers; clearances are valid for 5 years.

Classroom Volunteer

The OEF Volunteers are integral to both teachers and students. Volunteers help in the classroom on a regular or an occasional basis. Below are some examples of volunteer needs:

  • Classroom aide
  • Preparing teaching materials
  • Providing bilingual help for students who may be struggling
  • Library or clerical help

Tutor

The OEF provides tutors to supplement classroom learning at all levels. In addition to helping the students with subject matter, the tutor can become a role model and instill confidence. 

Mentor

The OEF provides mentors to students of all ages. A Mentor does not assume the role of a teacher or parent; a mentor is an adult friend who fosters a one-on-one relationship with a student. Activities might include talking about the student’s interests or playing a learning game with younger students. Goals of the mentoring relationship include:

  • Improving the student’s self-confidence
  • Encouraging the student to do their best in the classroom

Senior Citizens

Seniors, ages 65 years old and older, can earn a tax credit for volunteering with OEF.  Participants have the opportunity to accrue up to 100 hours of service in exchange for up to $650 after their current year taxes have been paid.  Checks are mailed out by June thirtieth of each year.

Program Areas Needed:

  • Art Assistant
  • Classroom Aide
  • Clerical Assistant
  • Emeritus Maintenance
  • Help
  • Cafeteria Assistant
  • Computer Assistant
  • Library Assistant
  • Music Assistant

Please Note: Applications are available at the Oxford Area School District Tax Office.  In addition to the application all participants MUST submit and pass the request for a Federal Criminal History Record Check (Act 114), a PA State Criminal Background Check (Act 34) and a Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151). The fees for clearances will be paid by the OEF for OEF volunteers.

The Oxford Area School District reserves the right to discontinue the Property Tax – Senior Citizen Volunteer Program at any time.  Should this occur, participants will be given tax credit for their hours of service.

Please return applications to the Oxford Area School District Tax Office.

RSVP Award Winner 2024

Nicole Prinsloo

For almost 30 years the Oxford Educational Foundation has provided volunteers, tutors, and mentors to the Oxford Area School district. For many of those years, we have honored an outstanding volunteer with the Randy Sebastian Volunteer Person of the Year award (RSVP). This year it is a privilege to recognize an Oxford High School Alumni, Nicole Prinsloo, with this achievement.

Nicole graduated from Oxford Area High School in 2002. Nicole attended Millersville University and obtained a degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Early Childhood and then added an ESL certification before graduating in 2006.

She began her teaching career at the Avon Grove Intermediate School as an ESL teacher. Nicole has been a tremendous help to the ESL students at Elk Ridge, Penn’s Grove, and more permanently at Hopewell.  In 2022, Nicole was asked to be a board member for OEF. She is a member of the Volunteers, Mentors, and Tutors Committee, Nicole’s local connections have made her an asset to the foundation.

Volunteers

We are constantly looking for tutors and mentors for our students. Join us!

Students & Parents

Are you a student looking for tutoring or mentoring? Are you a parent looking for support for your child?

Teachers & Principals

We give grants to teachers and principals. Apply today!



          

Oxford Educational Foundation
P.O. Box 142
Oxford, PA 19363


610-932-7200

coordinator@oxfordeducationalfoundation.org