Volunteers are essential to the PACE Early Childhood Education program. Parents, community residents, students and seniors donate their time to PACE Head Start. With PACE continually expanding Head Start services to more children, additional volunteers are needed. Whether it is in the classroom, office, playground, or through tutoring and providing medical services, volunteers contribute to making Head Start a comprehensive, individualized program for children and their families. Head Start is 80 percent federally funded and 20 percent locally funded. The local 20 percent share comes from cash contributions, in-kind donations of goods and services and volunteer services donated to the program by members of the community.

Volunteer services take a wide variety of forms. Donating even a little of your time can make a big difference. Volunteers take pictures of children, put on puppet shows, cook, teach music, work on art projects and help plant gardens. Volunteers help with field trips, paint classrooms, build bookshelves, repair playground equipment, file records in administrative offices, sew curtains and raise funds. Most importantly, volunteers give children one-on-one attention, encouragement and smiles. Whatever your skill or special interest is, Head Start has a place where you can help. You can even put your professional experience to work. Volunteer – it is an extraordinary experience, guaranteed to provide you with personal fulfillment, pride in helping your community and hope for the future.

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