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Student volunteers in a glass-walled classroom work on laptops, smile and talk
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Volunteer

Many people have inquired as to how they can become more involved with A Better Chance beyond making a financial contribution.
Below is a summary of various ways that you can help our organization, which will benefit our Scholars and Alumni. If interested, please contact alumnirelations@abetterchance.org or, if you're an Alum, complete this form.

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Professional Services/Products

  • Donate a professional service or product to the national organization or one of the Community School Programs.  These could include the following:
    • Strategic planning and budgeting.
    • Financial accounting or audit services.
    • Legal services.
    • Technology planning or website development and maintenance.
    • Public relations.
    • Landscaping (Community Schools Programs only).
    • Painting (Community Schools Programs only).
    • Meeting space for Scholar or Alumni events.

Direct Student & Alumni Support

One-time Opportunities

  • Participate in Annual Interview Day.
  • Host a Scholar information session at your place of business.
  • Serve as a speaker for an A Better Chance lecture or workshop.
  • Participate in Freshmen Send-offs, Year-end Celebrations and other annual Scholar events.

 

Ongoing Opportunities

  • Provide internship, job and leadership development opportunities to Scholars and Alumni.
  • Volunteer as a Host Family for an A Better Chance Scholar (Community Schools Programs only).
  • Assist recruitment efforts by recommending students to A Better Chance.
  • Advise college-age Alumni by sharing your wisdom and career experience.
  • Provide benefits to currently enrolled Scholars.  These could include the following:
    • Donating frequent flier miles to be used for Scholars for emergency trips home, student orientation, reduced hotel rates, etc.
    • Providing gift cards or certificates to acknowledge Scholar accomplishments (e.g., book store gift cards, gift certificates, complimentary tickets to sporting or entertainment events, etc.).
    • Underwrite the cost of catering or the production of logo items (e.g., book bags, notebooks, tee shirts, etc.) for student orientation and Alumni activities.

Cultivation and Engagement Opportunities

  • Host cultivation events designed to introduce new individuals to A Better Chance.
  • Provide contacts with corporations and business who might want to support A Better Chance with monetary or in-kind resources.
  • Become an A Better Chance advocate – spread the word in in-house newspapers, service clubs, etc.
  • Support A Better Chance fundraising events.
  • Make an annual contribution to the organization.

Leadership

  • Provide leadership to an A Better Chance fundraising or visibility event.
  • Serve as a member of one of A Better Chance’s Advisory Committees (e.g., Alumni, National Advisory Council, etc.).
  • Serve as a board member for one of the Community Schools Programs or the national organization.