Harbor House

With schools closed in the Bay Area this fall, low income children of color, many of whom lack access to technology and available adults at home who can teach them, will suffer the most this fall. If you have a heart for educational equity and seeing all children thrive during this difficult time, Harbor House would love to have you join their team of virtual tutors for students in first through eighth grade.

Volunteer virtual tutors are paired one-on-one with a child who they meet with 2-3 times per week for 30 minutes via Zoom or Google Hangouts.  Together, the tutor and the child decide what area of academics they want to focus on and they create engaging times of learning.  Training and on-going assistance are provided.  The time commitment is approximately 1-2 hours per week for one semester.  Application and background check are required. To learn more about applying for this opportunity, email Martha Allen.

Hope Solutions

As the new school year approaches, Hope Solutions has begun to plan for Homework Club. Although there are still uncertainties of what school will look during the 2020-2021 school year, Hope Solutions is determined to provide homework support whether it is remotely, on site, or a hybrid of both for the children in their program.

Help close the achievement gap and set students up for success by providing academic support and mentoring to students located in Pleasant Hill, Concord, Pittsburg, and Bay Point. Email Sandibel Arnold for questions or click here to complete an application to be considered.  Volunteers will be asked to pass a TB test and Live Scan background check.

Monument Crisis Center

MCC created a virtual Summer Camp experience for students this summer. The students did science experiments, yoga, cartooning and even made a COVID time capsule! The families picked up all the supplies a few weeks before so students had everything they needed and mom and dad didn’t have to try and figure out how to afford anything – even salt, baking soda … lab stuff!  There were 63 happy kids all on ZOOM. Since this was so successful, MCC is preparing to provide online tutoring for the fall in lieu of its regular programming.

If you are interested in helping tutor students online this fall once or twice a week (MTWTH afternoons) please email Community Engagement Coordinator, Jeanette Ramirez and let and her know you are from LOPC (A Referral is necessary).

In addition, please fill out the online interest form and click “Programs” and then scroll down to “Volunteer”.  Fill out the Volunteer Information Sheet and please choose the age group you are interested in tutoring, your availability and that you are an LOPC referral.

Primera Iglesia Presbiteriana

Primera Pres is located in the heart of the Fruitvale District in Oakland.  This community has been hard hit by the pandemic with over 85% of the Primera congregants currently unemployed. Primera’s top concern is providing food for its families.  In response to this dire need, an LOPC women’s Bible Study along with other LOPC members decided to work together to have food delivered in bulk to the church. Every Saturday a grocery bag consisting of beans and rice, Maseca (flour for tortillas) cooking oil and a small variety of fresh produce are distributed to families in need.

If you are interested in contributing, please write a check to Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church, Attention Primera, 49 Knox Dr. Lafayette, CA. 94549 and put PRIMERA in memo line or donate online.