Freedom School Ministry

Summer Literacy Program for At-Risk Children

Our parish’s Freedom School Ministry hosts 3 weeks of the program held at the Oakhurst STEAM Academy on Monroe Rd -- a summer literacy and character-building program for disadvantaged children staffed by college interns.  We recruit and provide volunteers and raise money to sponsor students.  Learn more about Freedom School here.

Your generosity through the Christmas Giving Tree and our parish tithe are helping partially sponsor some of the children who live in apartments our HOM/SHIP Ministry set up, helping transition their families out of homelessness.  The cost for each child to attend the program is $1500.


Freedom School Volunteer Opportunities at St. Gabriel

Questions?  Contact Ministry Leader Laura Hull at ehull@carolina.rr.com
We are hosting the weeks of June 18 - July 6, 2018.
Our partner church, Providence United Methodist, hosts the weeks of July 9 - July 27.

Reading Buddy for July 18 DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) Event
When?  Wednesday, July 18, 12:45 - 1:45 pm
What? Be a reading buddy during Freedom School Partners’ city-wide One Great Day of D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read).  Volunteers may stay until 2:15 pm, if desired, for craft time.  
Who?  Find details and sign up here.

Sponsor a Child - any amount helps!   Host a lemonade stand!
When?  Wednesday, July 18, 12:45 - 1:45 pm
What? Donate any amount toward sponsoring a child in the 6-week program.  Additional funds will enable participation by more children from our HOM Ministry program (moving  homeless families into apartments).   Idea for youth and teens:  raise money through a lemonade stand!
How?  Contribute online here and put "St. Gabriel” in the site designation box OR send checks (made payable to Freedom School Partners, with "St. Gabriel" in the memo line) to:  Freedom School Partners, PO Box 37363, Charlotte, NC 28237. 

On-site Activity Leader at Freedom School - this position is filled
When?  One weekday afternoon June 18 - July 6
What?  Share a hobby/skill/passion with a class at Freedom School.  This is a one-time commitment just one afternoon (45 - 90 minutes)
Who?  Contact Judy Fahl at jfahl@me.com

Fundraising Coordinator - this position is filled
When?  Occasionally, fall - winter - spring
What?  Coordinate submitting application for funds to the Tithing Committee; help coordinate the tags for the Angel Tree and plan other fundraising activities
Who?  Contact Laura Hull at ehull@carolina.rr.com

Teen Board Member- this position is filled
When?  Most weekday afternoons June 18 - July 6
What?  High school teens (rising grades 10-12) are needed to help with activities.  Interested teens, learn more at our info meeting on Sunday, April 15, at 7:00 pm in the Ministry Center Room A.   Please RSVP to Jean Anderson at  andersontomc@yahoo.com or Jane Carano at janecarano@gmail.com.
Who?  Contact Jean Anderson at  andersontomc@yahoo.com or Jane Carano at janecarano@gmail.com.

Food Delivery Volunteers - this position is filled
When?  Several dates, TBD, the weeks of June 18 - July 6
What?  Help pick up food bags provided by Second Harvest Food Bank and deliver them to our Freedom School families at Oakhurst STEAM Academy.   There will be a range of hours during those days which is TBD.  Volunteers need a truck, SUV, or van to haul the bags of food.
Who?  Contact Laura Hull at ehull@carolina.rr.com

Reader - this position is filled
When?  One weekday morning June 18 - July 6, for 30 minutes.
What?  Read a short book to a group at Freedom School. This is a one-time, 30-minute commitment
Who?  Contact Chris Ryskiewich at cryskiewich@carolina.rr.com

Teen Board Coordinator - this position is filled 
When? 
Spring-summer
What?  Assist with promoting, recruiting and scheduling teen volunteers to help in the summer.
Who?  Contact Laura Hull at ehull@carolina.rr.com

Supply Shopper Coordinator - this position is filled
When?  Spring/early summer
What?  Shop for specific materials for the curriculum activities.  A new shopping list is provided each week for our 3 weeks, and supplies are due back the following week.  Shoppers can sign up for one or more weeks.  Reimbursement is available.  (Adults only.)
Who?  Contact Laura Hull at ehull@carolina.rr.com

Intern Appreciation Coordinator - this position is filled 
When?  Spring/early summer
What?  Coordinate creation of appreciation bags for teachers (college interns) to be distributed in the summer at Freedom School.
Who?  Contact Laura Hull at ehull@carolina.rr.com

 

 
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