Volunteers are an essential part of the Neighborhood Art House. In one year at least 5,000 hours of service are given directly to the program by those serving as teachers, tutors, readers, program assistants and classroom aides and another 500 hours given to assist at events. In addition, there are over 400 hours given by those who serve on boards and committees. Without a doubt, volunteer services are key to the operation of the Neighborhood Art House!
Some Art House classes and private music lessons are taught by volunteers. At present these include flute, piano, and several classes in the visual arts and yoga. Teachers commit to conducting weekly classes or lessons for a full session: fall or winter/spring, or a full week in the summer.
After receiving the NAH Adult Volunteer Form, the Program Director will contact you for additional information and schedule an interview.
Would you like to share your love of reading with boys and girls who attend the Neighborhood Art House? If your answer is yes, become part of Hooked on Books for Kids, a local nonprofit organization that provides readers for the Neighborhood Art House.
Many of the children attending the Neighborhood Art House have not had the opportunity to listen to someone reading to them. Volunteer for the summer program and read during the lunch hour for one or more weeks of the summer or during the after-school program where readers come one or more afternoons per week (Tuesday – Thursday, 2:30 – 4:30).
To apply to be part of the Hooked on Books for Kids program, please complete a NAH Adult Volunteer Form. In addition to the general information, one part of this form applies to readers only.
Tutors assist children with homework and help them improve their academic skills. This option is available to the children during the After School Program, 2:30 – 4:30 Tuesday through Thursday. You do not need to be a professional teacher; you do need to care about children and to be willing to help them through their various assignments with patience and perseverance. To become a tutor, please submit a NAH Adult Volunteer Form online or through the mail. Once the application form has been received, the Program Director will contact you personally for additional information and schedule an interview.
Program Assistants help in many ways: setting out snacks, preparing classroom materials, accompanying field trips, and serving as classroom aides.
If you would like to offer this type of service, complete a NAH Adult Volunteer Form; the Program Director will contact you personally for additional information and to schedule an interview.
The Neighborhood Art House holds two major fundraisers each year, Art & Sole, a 5K Run/Walk in early June and Taste of the Arts, a performance, and reception in September.
We need many volunteers for these events and occasionally for others as well. If you are interested in assisting with events, either in preparation for them or assisting at them, please call or email.
Fulfill the required service hours or volunteer simply because you want to be of service to others. Call or email us. We'll ask you to complete an information form when you
College students looking for Off-Campus Community Service opportunities should contact their institution's Financial Aid office to apply for placement at the Neighborhood Art House. Those who want additional information may contact us. Students can volunteer in these areas: Reading, Tutoring, Program Assistant, Office Assistant and for Special Events such as Taste of the Arts and Art & Sole.
Girls Rock is a movement of "rock and roll" band camps happening for young girls in various cities across the United States, with a mission to empower girls and women to use music for self-esteem and self-expression. To bring this to Erie PA at the Neighborhood Art House, we are looking for volunteers to be instrument coaches, workshop teachers, or general volunteers for this program. Those with specific musical or performance skills are especially needed, but anyone with passion for music as a tool for expression is welcome!