COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS OF ROWAN COUNTY

Rating: 4.67 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 204 E Innes St SUITE 240 Salisbury NC 28144 USA

Mission:
Target demographics: public school children
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 5,200 students and their families
Geographic areas served: Rowan County
Programs: tutoring, mentoring, supportive guidance, social workers, school uniforms and school supplies

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a Site Coordinator with CIS at Hanford-Dole Elem, I see the impact that this organization has on my school everyday. From helping to coordinate the Food for Thought program, distribution of school uniforms and school supplies, matching tutors/mentors with students, and arranging school-wide programs, this organization allows me to be able to bring personal service to our school. Many of our students come from disadvantaged homes and these students deserve a chance to be successful....with CIS services those students will!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I've been a volunteer since 2004 and every year has been great. Each student is unique and it's good to see them grow in just the few months that we seem to have to work with them. I've worked with a couple students for more than one school year and they've made progress in their work that makes the time spent worthwhile.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Students show progress in their school work and seem to respond to someone who they seem to understand makes a special effort to work with and for them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I think CIS does a great job in the community and in the school that I've had my experience in--Hanford-Dole Elementary.

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Rating: 4 stars  

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Volunteering as a tutor at Knox Middle School in Salisbury, NC has been a great experience for me. CIS has provided the opportunity for me to use my math background to help young people understand the importance of math education. The kids are very appreciative of the help.

Our CIS staff is very organized and easy to work with. They serve an important role in our community by matching non-educators with student needs.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

tutoring at Knox Middle School

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

works great as is !

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Rating: 4 stars  

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I have a good friend who talked me into volunteering my time in the Communities in Schools program this year. It has turned out to be the highlight of my week. My fourth grade student seems to enjoy having someone else to share things about what is happening to her during our reading time. I was excited to share with her the birth of my first grandchild; to which she shared about having two younger brothers. This week she was excited to share with me that she has a chinese hamster. There is reading that goes on also. And I have picked out several books to help encourage her reading level to advance. This is a program that you can do and work a full time job and still feel like you are giving back to the community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My student seems to understand what she reads better. After we read a few pages we review. I think a one on one relationship helps keep the students more accountable. Teachers time and resources are so strapped that it is nice to have volunteers help with reading or math for a student needing more help.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The organization is doing a good job with getting the volunteers. It has not been my experience but some volunteers have had trouble with student accountability. The students need to realize the volunteers are there to help them but they need to help themselves too.

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As a volunteer with CIS in Rowan Salisbury Schools, I help seventh grade students with reading skills and class assignments to improve their academic skills and self esteem. I have helped collect school supplies and sort these for distribution to families before school begins. I see students use these in the classroom.
I see what volunteers do to help students become better students with improved grades and attendance. CIS also provides students with basic clothing, eye care, etc. CIS is very vital for student success. Increased funding for CIS can provide for students in extreme poverty.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Knox Middle School where CIS volunteers from the community and Catawba College provide one on one assistance to students.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would increase the funding to help students who come form extreme poverty households. Their needs for the basics to come to school include facilities to wash clothes as well as the clothes, shoes, transportation, etc.

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When I started with CIS, I really didn't know what to expect. It didn't take long to realize that there are some of the nicest people heading up & working with them. There is also an extra bonus: Getting to know & work with the student or students. They are so appreciative of anything you do for them. I hope I get to volunteer for a long time. I look forward each week to seeing my student. Thank you for the opportunity to serve with this program.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It has been very rewarding to be able to serve with CIS. I feel a closeness with my student & feel good to see that he/she has accomplished new words & reading skills.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money to work with.

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My name is Norma Shuping and I am a volunteer with the Communities in Schools, Rowan/Salisbury school system. This is my 2nd year serving as Koontz Elementary School. This year I have tutored a 1st grader who recently transferred to another school in our system. Today I will begin with a new student in the 2nd grade that needs help with reading. I can truthfully say this has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. I thought I had to be a teacher but now I know that all I need is time and love. CIS is dedicated to helping children stay in school and realize their true potential in life. I am so blessed to be a part of it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The smiles, hugs and "thank yous" I receive from the children and the encouragement I receive from the educators I have met.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Enlist more volunteers and more funding to other schools not presently included.

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This is my third year being a volunteer with CIS. I feel this is a very important organization for the children of Rowan County. They are interested in making sure the children are able to accomplish thier goals in school and strive for excellence. I have seen children make great strides in the academics as well as their attitudes with the help of CIS. I have seen children go from being shy and distant to opening up and seeming comfortable about learning. This is a wonderful organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Volunteering to tutor and mentor children in need.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find more volunteers to offer their time to help children.

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Rating: 4 stars  

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I have been a CIS volunteer at Koontz Elementary School for five years. Koontz serves a largely disadvantaged population. I have served as a lunch buddy/mentor, and this year am working in a class room helping some of the students that need a little extra coaching. CIS recruited me and helped me see the desperate need in our public schools. It really does take a village and I am trying to do my part.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching children grow.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand their services

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Communities in Schools is a wonderful organization that I have been a volunteer with for five years. Adults in the community go through a short training and then are assigned a specific child to work with. Volunteers may tutor and/or mentor their student for up to an hour a week. Students benefit from this one-on-one time both academically and in their self esteem. At our school, Communities in Schools also maintains a parent resource center, helps provide students with uniforms, and operates a "Food for a Family" program, which helps provide food staples to needy families.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways! I have seen my students grow both academically and socially, and I have formed relationships of trust with them. I also participate in the "Food for a Family" program through my church.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

spread the word so that more people would volunteer with this very worthwhile program.

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