As we look to schools as centers of community life for our children, we can also turn with confidence to initiatives coordinated by Communities In Schools of Richmond. We’ve been facilitating community partnerships in Richmond for more than 16 years.
Here are the most important areas to get involved:
You can be the difference in the life of a child and a school community.
This is how CIS of Richmond works for many of these students:
If you come to school hungry, CIS will find a breakfast program for you and get your family connected to the Food Bank or local pantry program – you may be enrolled in the backpack program and receive staples for you and your family each weekend
If your parent is incarcerated, CIS will get you in grief counseling
If you have never had a positive role model, CIS will find you one
If you are referred to CIS because you are having problems seeing the blackboard, CIS will arrange for free eye screening and free glasses
If CIS knows you are going home to an empty house and dangerous neighborhood, you will be offered access to an after-school opportunity…or homework help…or SAT prep
If you are having behavior problems or issues with self-regulation or impulse control CIS will coordinate in-school and at-home treatment for you
If you don’t come to school, CIS may go to your house and find out why
AND we set goals for our students – around academics, attendance and improved behaviors and track them so we know if these interventions are working. During the 2016 School Year, 18,238 students were connected to resources and 2,882 students received intensive case-managed services.
How You Can Help
We have an extensive offering of volunteer opportunities to fit you.