St. Vrain’s Senior Volunteer Program Enters Fifth Year

The St. Vrain Valley Schools’ Senior Volunteer Program is once again available for the 2016-2017 school year. The program began in November 2012 to welcome seniors and individuals with disabilities into our schools and provide them financial assistance with their county property taxes. Up to 200 participants will be paid a maximum of 40 hours at $8.50 per hour for a total of $340 between January 2, 2017 and April 30, 2017.

The program was made possible by the 2012 Mill Levy Override and allows participants on fixed incomes to volunteer under the direction of a teacher or other staff supervisor who has requested assistance in their classroom.

Betty Heath has been a participant in the Tax Assistance Program since 2012 and volunteers at Prairie Ridge Elementary in Firestone. She’s not only received assistance paying her property taxes, but helped teach first graders basic reading skills and taught fourth, fifth and sixth graders how to write from their hearts.

“I highly recommend this program to anyone who enjoys working with students who need a little more attention and encouragement than others,” said Heath. “They will wrap themselves right around your heart!”

Bill Schneider has actually been a volunteer at Altona Middle School in Longmont for nine years, so it was a natural fit for him to sign up for the Tax Assistance Program. He’s been a participant in the program since it began in 2012 and enjoys helping students in band prepare for assessments, auditions and honor band.

 “I really enjoy working with sixth, seventh and eighth grade band students individually and in small groups,” said Schneider. “It’s so rewarding.”

Student connections with volunteers is real and rewarding

Volunteers at Hygiene Elementary School help with clerical duties and work with students who might need extra help in reading, writing and math. They work one on one with students under close teacher supervision. Since 2012, students have developed close connections with volunteers and look forward to seeing them and hearing their stories.

 “Many students live far away from their grandparents,” said Renee Collier, Principal at Hygiene Elementary. “This program gives them an opportunity to learn about a different generation as they share their stories.”

Qualified individuals interested in participating in the volunteer program can contact Linda Lohmann at lohmann_linda@svvsd.org or 303-682-7205. Participants will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis and must meet the following criteria for participation:

  • Applicants must be 60 years of age or older or have a disability.
  • Applicants who are a person with a disability must submit a signed and dated letter from a Colorado licensed health care professional verifying the taxpayer is a person with a disability.
  • Applicants must own AND live in the home for which they are applying (must be residential non-income producing).
  • Applicants must reside in the St. Vrain Valley Schools boundary area.
  • Only one person per household may apply.