During these uncertain times, how can we help?
See below to access our COVID-19 Resource Hub, and to explore our growing directory of both COVID-19-specific and virtual volunteering opportunities.
Are you looking to get involved in community service?
Do you have teaching experience?
Would you enjoy helping adults aged 18 and over learn and improve their English language skills?
Would you be able to volunteer for at least one semester?
If not, would you consider volunteering to be a substitute teacher?
The Mother Veronica Resource Center offers ESL classes Monday through Thursday. Classes are held twice a week -- either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday. Class times include: 9:30 A.M. - 11:00 A.M., 5:00 P.M. - 6:30 P.M. and 6:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. We use Pearson's Foundations and Side by Side Plus curriculum, but teachers are free to use supplementary materials, those available at the Center and their own.
Foundations, Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced courses are offered in two semesters, September through mid-December and mid-January through the beginning of June. Most of our students are of Hispanic origin, but no knowledge of Spanish or of any other language besides English is needed for this position.
We are especially looking for volunteers who can be available to teach 6:30 P.M.-8:00 P.M. classes.
449 S 6th Street, Reading, PA 19607, US
The Bernardine Franciscan Sisters, committed to their call to live the Gospel, established the Mother Veronica Resource Center in response to requests for assistance from Reading area immigrants. By providing various classes, tutoring and educational and social services resources for them and for all Reading area adults who come seeking a better way forward, the Center strives to improve the quality of their lives and enhance our community.
History: In 1894 four Bernardine Franciscan Sisters migrated from Poland to the United States with Mother Veronica Grzedowska as the leader of the group. They were immigrants coming to a new country to work with and for other immigrants. Reading, PA was where they established their first permanent home and ministry. Throughout the years, the Sisters have cared for and responded to the requests of people in many countries and cultures. It is in this spirit that they established the Mother Veronica Resource Center in response to the requests of newcomers to our community.
Programs: English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, General Education Development (GED) preparation classes (Language Arts, Mathematics in English, Spanish), Citizenship preparation classes, Computer classes, Adult Basic Education (ABE) and GED tutoring
Goals: 1. Impart a basic knowledge of English so that adult students can: improve their quality of life; provide better for their families through education and work opportunities; advocate for themselves in schools, hospitals, jobs, etc.; and pass the Naturalization Test;
2. Help adult students prepare to take the GED Test -- in addition to classes and tutoring, making access to online instructional programs available; 3. Offer preparation classes for the Naturalization Test; 4. Facilitate the attainment of computer skills; and 5. Provide resources to inform clients of available services and opportunities.
We'll work with your schedule.
449 S 6th StreetReading, PA 19602
May 6, 2020