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Social Services / Special Needs

Projects: Aging Adult Volunteer
Community Partner: Aging & Disability Resource Center, Eau Claire
Organizational Mission: The mission of the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County is to help older people and adults with disabilities, secure needed service or benefits, live with dignity and security, and achieve maximum independence and quality of life.
Project Description: Assisting a single, elderly woman with some light housekeeping tasks as well as organizing and de-cluttering her paperwork. She is also looking for some assistance scanning documents into her computer. She has the computer and scanner but due to deteriorating vision, needs assistance completing this task.
Objectives for learning and service: We are looking for someone that is reliable and interesting in helping out an elderly woman.
Skills/Availability Requirements: Student will need to have a vehicle. Strong communication skills, Social Work, Psychology, Nursing or other human services related major would be a good fit.
Time commitment: 30 hours (full service-learning requirement)
Individual/group project: Individual
Volunteer/Compensated: Volunteer
Contact: Ms. Jennifer Owen, Aging & Disability Resource Center, 721 Oxford Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54703
Phone: 715-839-6713
Fax: 715-839-4866
Last Updated: October 2010

Projects: Holiday Intake Volunteer
Community Partner: The Salvation Army, Eau Claire
Organizational Mission: The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
Project Description: The project is to do Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance intake. It will meet the needs of people at this time of year that are less fortunate to be able to celebrate and enjoy the holidays.
Objectives for learning and service: Doing preliminary intake is necessary for casework. Working directly with people in need and getting their information will be a good learning experience for students. Putting a face to the problems that are facing the population makes more people willing to work towards a better solution.
Skills/Availability Requirements: Good communication (speaking and listening) and writing skills.  Computer data entry experience would be helpful. Times for intake are November 1-4 & November 8-11 from 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm.
Time commitment: 30+ hours (full service-learning requirement)
Individual/group project: Individual or Group or Individual/Group
Number of Students Needed: 5
Term: Ongoing need (11/01/10 through 11/11/10)
Volunteer/Compensated: Volunteer
Contact: Captain Robert Duskin, The Salvation Army, 2211 S Hastings Way, Eau Claire, WI 54701
Phone: (715) 834-1224 ext. 15
Fax: (715) 834-3167
Visit the Salvation Army on the web at
Last Updated: October 2010

Projects: Tutors-Mentors for Afterschool program
Community Partner: 3-5 Afterschool Study Club, Eau Claire
Organizational Mission: The 3-5 Club program provides needed help to youngsters grades 1 - 12, who are looking for tutoring and mentoring in order to better succeed in their school studies.
Project Description: This project began about 16 years ago at the request of the schools who were concerned about the number of youngsters not succeeding in their studies. 3-5 is a non-profit organization and meets in the First Presbyterian Church (although religion is not a part of the program).  Youngsters are transported to the church following classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays to work individually with university volunteers. The program provides transportation to and from the church. Youngsters and tutors arrive between 3:00 and 5:00, and divide up and work on homework assignments, test preparation, and areas of academic need. The results have been tremendous, according to the schools! The atmosphere is informal, but the goal is always improvement in school coursework.  Mentoring is considered a vital part of the program, and we would like to have enough tutors to provide one-on-one help and guidance.
Objectives for learning and service: So far as service is concerned, we find university students learn the importance and the satisfaction of contributing to the community. They are providing a service that will last for the life of the child. They also find it fun to work with kids who appreciate and like them.      Tutors also find that they reinforce their knowledge of their subject matter in teaching it to others. Retired UWEC faculty is there to answer questions and help.Organization skills improve, along with one's understanding of kids. It's a win-win situation!  
Skills/Availability Requirements: If tutors can be present both Tuesdays and Thursdays, it is easier to establish a relationship between students and tutors--having the same tutor each time is a real advantage! However, whether this is possible or not, we still need you! Our goal is provide one tutor for each youngster. You can make a real difference in the life of a youngster.
Time commitment: 15 hours (half requirement) or 30 hours (full service-learning requirement
Individual/group project: Individual
Term: (9/21/10 through 12/9/10)
Volunteer/Compensated: Volunteer
Contact: Ms. Barbara Rolland, 3-5 Afterschool Study Club, Eau Claire, WI
Phone: (715) 839-9331
Last Updated: October 2010

Projects: Aide child with special needs
Community Partner: Bethesda Lutheran Church, Eau Claire
Organizational Mission: Bethesda's Children's Ministry exists to assist parents in the spiritual formation of their children from 3 years old to 5th grade.
Project Description: We have an opening for a student volunteer to be a one-on-one helper for a 3rd grade girl with special needs. This child has behavioral issues that require someone to be by her side, calm her, and keep her on track during class time. The Sunday school class she's in is held on Sunday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. There is a teacher in the classroom along with another helper.   We also have a possible opening for a volunteer to assist an autistic child in this same 3rd grade classroom. This child needs someone to guide him through the hour and occasionally may need to take him out of the classroom for a break. The Children's Ministry Director supervises the overall Sunday school program and will provide a training manual that will familiarize the volunteers with the policies and procedures. We also require a background check on all of our volunteers and request paperwork to be filled out to obtain the background check. The parents of these children will be in the building during this same hour. Offering this service would enable the parents to attend the worship service.
Objectives for learning and service: This learning project would provide the student volunteer with the opportunity to gain experience in working with a special needs child in a safe and loving environment with support from other helpers, teachers and supervisors. The student volunteer would also benefit from knowing he/she is making it possible for the teacher to be able to focus on the teaching of the lesson, while at the same time, allowing for the parents to have peace of mind while they attend the worship service.
Skills/Availability Requirements: Bethesda provides transportation on Sundays to and from the University via a shuttle van. Times and locations of pick-up/drop-off will be provided if interested.
Time commitment: 30 hours (full service-learning requirement)
Individual/group project: Individual
Term: Ongoing need (Oct. 10 through May 22)
Volunteer/Compensated: Volunteer
Contact: Ms. Dawn Rico, Bethesda Lutheran Church, 123 W. Hamilton Ave., Eau Claire, WI 54703
Phone: (715) 835-5073
Fax: (715) 835-1553
Visit Bethesda Lutheran Church on the web at
Last Updated: October 2010

Project: Kettle Bell Ringing, Salvation Army
Community Partner: The Salvation Army, Eau Claire  
Organizational Mission: The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
Project Description: The project is Christmas Kettle Bell-ringing. This fund-raising campaign during the Christmas season helps to raise about 75% of our funding for the year. In the Chippewa Valley we provide Food Pantries, clothing vouchers, limited transportation, furniture and houseware needs, and more. We also help with housing and energy assistance. Additionally, our Eau Claire location provides after school character building programs two nights a week during the school year.
Objectives for learning and service: Students will learn that sometimes the small things can help a great deal. Their service can help in making the difference in many lives with their time assisting us ringing the bell.
Skills/Availability Requirements: Musicians would be excellent at reaching out and caroling at the kettles but are not required. One hour time slots are available Monday through Saturday 8am - 9pm.  Be prepared for cold weather.  
Time commitment: Individual/group project: Individual  or Group  or Individual/Group
Term: One time  or Ongoing need   (11-05-10 through 12-24-10)
Volunteer/Compensated: Volunteer & Compensated
Contact: Captain Robert Duskin, The Salvation Army, 2211 S Hastings Way, Eau Claire, WI 54701;  Phone: (715) 834-1224 ext. 15 Fax: (715) 834-3167; Email:  or visit The Salvation Army on the web at
Last Updated: October 2010

Agency/Organization:  Center for Independent Living
Project Title:  Peer Mentors for Youth with Disabilities
Project Description:    CILWW Peer Power Program works with youth with disabilities learn about being more independent in their lives.  The programs focus is to be youth led and youth run and to work on learning skills such as advocacy, learning about their disability and learning skills to become more independent in all aspects of their lives.   College age mentors are needed to work with these youth either as a group or work 1:1 with youth either in the office, at their homes, or in the community to promote the skills above.    There will be a 1 time training  to learn about the expectations as a mentor then there will be basic forms that  will needed to be filled out after each meeting/ event is done.  CILWW staff will be present for all group meetings.    At this time there are Peer Power groups in Eau Claire and in Stanley.   It would be expected for students to attend at least 1 group meeting per month for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours but would like it if could attend all.  Some meetings will be in an office location and some will be out in the community.   
Objectives for learning and service:   Students will be a role model of how to live independently Students will learn about a variety of disabilities.  Students will assist in teaching real world skills Students will assist in planning monthly community outings and learn about community resources
Skills/Availability Requirements:   Students will need to be able to be available on week days starting at about 2:00 until 6:00. Once meeting days and times are set, it will be the same every month.   Some weekend meetings may be planned but at this time are unknown.   Students may also need to be available late afternoons or weekends to work with youth 1:1 if they desire.    Students must have respect and desire to work with youth with disabilities.   Students with disabilities are encouraged to participate as mentors since they often can relate with the youth.   
Time commitment:   5 hours (half requirement) or 30/30+ hours (full service-learning requirement) 
Individual/group project: Individual      
Term:   Ongoing need   (9/7/10 through unknown)  
Volunteer/Compensated:  Volunteer  
Contact:  Ms. Sara Zwiefelhofer
Address:  Center for Independent Living, 202 Eau Claire St Suite 102, Eau Claire, WI 54701
Phone: (715)514-4200
Email: Visit Center for Independent Living on the web at
Last Updated: September 2010

Agency/Organization:  E. C. Area Hmong Mutual Assistance - Building Bridges Coordinator
Project Description: The Building Bridges for Hmong Youth Program provides mentoring in an after school recreation-education atmosphere for refugee Hmong youths of middle and high school ages. The BB Program Intern Coordinator is responsible for recruiting interested Hmong youth participants. The Intern Coordinator is also responsible for the recruitment, training and supervision of UW-Eau Claire student volunteers who serve as tutors, mentors, and group facilitators. The Coordinator plans and supervises a three day weekend youth camp at the end of the school year as well. The student qualified for this position will be provided with a day of training on how to work effectively with Hmong teens as well as how to engage them in mainstream activities and events. Training will include but is not limited to; planning events and activities, budgeting program funds, and supervising mentors. Supervision will be provided by the Executive Director.  
Objectives for learning and service:   The qualified student will learn how to engage and work with individuals from an ethnic background. Mostly important, the student will learn how to coordinate a program and have hands-on experience with the Hmong culture. The student will learn how to provide supervision to other as well as how to recruit mentors for the program.  The student will be giving back to the community by being a good role model for program participants.  
Skills/Availability Requirements:   Qualified student must be available in the evenings and must have his/her own vehicle with a current auto insurance policy as he/she will have to provide transportation to participants in the program. The ability to communicate in both English and Hmong is highly desired as the student will be working directly with parents and participants who English is a second language.  
Time commitment: 30+ hours (full service-learning requirement)  
Individual/group project: Individual      
Term: Ongoing need   (9/9/2010 through 6/17/2011)  
Volunteer/Compensated:  Compensated  
Contact: Ms. Pa Thao
Address: Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance, 423 Wisconsin Street, Eau Claire, WI 54703 Phone: (715)832-8420 Fax: (715) 832-0612
Email: Visit Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance on the web at  
Last Updated: September 2010

Agency/Organization: Lutheran Social Service, Eau Claire
Project Description:
  Looking for individual to work with a 9 year old male with extensive special needs to include but not limited to high functioning Autism, has attachment/abandonment issues. The individual would work with the caretaker to set a regular schedule with the child. Individual would be introduced to child prior to one on one times, child specific training would be available and accessed also prior to working with child. 24 hour support available at all times during time with child. 
Skills/Availability Requirement:
Background in special needs, social work, Available 8-5 daily schedule can be arranged, Male would be great because child lives with all girls and single female caretaker. But female accepted as well.   Hours can be split between two people looking for people available to maintain reg. Contact child has had many losses and changes in his life.
Paid or Volunteer:
Ms. Michelle Collins
: Lutheran Social Services,  1320 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire, WI  54701
Last Updated:
September 2010

Agency/Organization: Volunteer Teachers/Mentors, Stanley Correctional Institution, DOC
Project Description: Education is crucial in reducing the recidivism rates among those who are incarcerated. Volunteer students are needed to work one-on-one or in small groups with adult learners in an all-male correctional setting. Volunteers will be assigned to specific classrooms according to the educational needs of Windy Meadows School and the volunteer's abilities. Volunteers will be asked to work with a variety of students with varying educational background and needs, ranging from English Language Learners to GED/HSED and Vocational students.  School hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Volunteer schedules will be tailored on an individual basis. All volunteers will be mandated to complete orientation and security training offered on-site. At no time will the volunteers be alone with inmates.
Paid or Volunteer: Volunteer
Contact: Mrs. Cora Reuter Looker
Address: 100 Corrections Drive, Stanley, WI 54768
Phone: (715) 644-3777
Last Updated: July 2010