Want to work with Oakland kids? Volunteer fair this Saturday

Attention prospective volunteers! If you’ve ever wondered how you might lend your skills and time to some Oakland schoolkids, the answer might be awaiting you — in a middle school multipurpose room.

The annual volunteer fair is from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Westlake Middle School (2629 Harrison), and it’s organized — at least in part — by the neighborhood group Volunteering for Oakland.

On Saturday, 20 organizations are expected to send representatives to the event. Organizers say there’s free parking in a lot off 27th Street.

Katie McLane, a retired OUSD principal, wrote this in a letter to the editor:

This is a special opportunity for those of us with a little extra time on our hands to find out about the amazing range of volunteer opportunities to work with the youth of Oakland.

Have you gone to this fair — and gone on to volunteer? Tell us about it.

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Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • A coding error

    Meeting with overspending principals? If they are part of the cheerleading group, it will be a patting on the back. If you are not…
    There is no accountability, no ownership whatsoever in the fiscal department. Isn’t it the case that purchases get reviewed by procurement, just like transfers or consultant contracts need to be approved by a string of people? Ah, and Vernon Hal has never done anything wrong. Ever.

  • livegreen

    Thank you for this post Katie. I’m surprised more people have not posted their volunteer activities. I hope it’s not because readers aren’t volunteering.

    I’ve volunteered for our neighborhood school’s PTA and SSC. Everything from helping school community activities and dinners, to helping the school plan for its future. I’ve also volunteered in class, helping kids who are a little bit behind get extra one-on-one reading practice for 5 or 10 minutes each at a time, to helping teachers prepare FOSS science kits so they have more time to teach.

    It is a pleasure to be part of our child’s school community, and also helping teachers and students in the classroom.