Homework Diners are weekly family engagement events that allow students and families to receive homework support from paid teachers and volunteer tutors and a free meal for the whole family. They take place at three area middle schools, Asheville, Enka, and Erwin. Homework Diners are open to any family in the surrounding school district, whether they have a child attending the middle school or not. Attendees will also have a chance to learn about community resources and take advantage of a variety of educational programs at these events.
“This is the first time I have felt real hope for my child at school. I was able to meet with his teachers and it wasn’t some huge deal. We just spoke and I feel like I was actually heard. THIS diner is a good thing.”- an Enka Middle School parent who attended the first Homework Diner.
We rely on volunteer power to help carry out these events as there are many moving parts to make it happen. The volunteer positions available are:
Set-up/Registration/Welcome (4:30-6:15pm) – these volunteers will help with setup, registration and checking families in.
Food Support (5:15-7:15pm)– these volunteers will help to serve the meals to the families. This will include serving and clean up afterwards.
Tutoring Support (5:15p-7p) – these volunteers will float around and work with students and their families to help them understand and complete their homework.
Ideally we are looking for tutors who are willing to commit to coming weekly for a minimum of 4 months.
Volunteering is a great chance for team-building with a group and Homework Diners are a perfect fit. One way to approach it is to “adopt” a night. This would mean the group would take on the responsibility of recruiting the volunteers needed for a particular night. This is about 6-8 people. If the group wants to do that on a regular basis, a schedule could be set up to reserve the spots, ie. Your group is volunteering the 1st Tuesday of every month. If you have a group and are interested in volunteering with Homework Diners on an ongoing basis, please contact Sarah Roth, Volunteer Engagement Manager, email@example.com, 828-239-1032 for more details on how to get involved.
Non-profit health and human service agencies, higher education institutions, and other educational and community resource programs can set up a table for free at the Homework Diner events to showcase their program offerings. 2-3 such tables will be available per night for organizations to share resources with families in the community. If you are interested in tabling, please click here to fill out the request form.