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Communities in Schools of Rowan County

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Educational Services

Mission: To surround students with a community of support,empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. The agency staff provided services and resources to over 3,500 students and their families.

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

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

CIS has been great! CIS afforded me the opportunity to go to college by providing a scholarship that purchased books and other necessary supplies just as CIS did while in high school. I became a better student when the CIS sponsor helped me with organizational skills. I am using those same skills today as a college student with success! Taking time to provide support to students in high school and providing scholarships for college is a blessing!! Thank you CIS. I will always give back and support your organization in my future!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are a nonprofit organization my name is Johnny moser sr, I am with
King Ahasuerus masonic Lodge here in Salisbury nc,we the lodge would
Love to volunteer some of our time to help out with the community
My phone number
704 4335473

Worshipful master
Johnny moser sr

Advisor

Rating: 5

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!

1 Mary K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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1 Vickie E.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

CIS requires the combined efforts of their staff, the teachers, and volunteers. The CIS staff member at the school I mentor at is easy to reach. Typically I have to leave a message but I am called back before the school day has ended. She provides me with feedback about the volunteer work that I am doing and is there to answer any questions that I may have about the program, school, and especially anythign dealing with my 'little girl' that pertains to mentoring/tutoring.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with CIS in Rowan County for five years. Over the years I have been a mentor and tutor to several students. The Breakfast Club at North Elementary gave me a chance to tutor a young student in reading. Presently I am serving as a mentor to a female student to help her become organized and develop better study skills. The Food for a Family program is very near and dear to my heart. At my church, I serve as the coordinator and collect food and make sure it is delivered to North Elementary once a month. Then this food is delivered to a family that is needy. My most favorite project which I help with is the Christmas Store at North Elementary. Parents are invited to come one night during the Christmas season and are allowed to pick out gifts for their children to give them on Christmas morning. I help to shop, sort and set up the Christmas Store. Then when parents come to "shop" I walk around the store with them and help them pick out toys, books and stocking stuffers. This is so heart warming because so many people give donations to make it possible and the parents are touched by their generosity. I hope to continue as a volunteer for many years and encourage others to also volunteer.

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