Communities in Schools of Wake County (CISWC) aims to keep students in school and prepare them for solid futures. The nonprofit agency operates programs in five after-school learning centers and 13 schools. Through their efforts, they connect children with caring adult role models and truly make a difference in their lives every day.
JLR has teamed with CISWC since 2001 to provide volunteer and financial support at its Heritage Park Community Learning Center. Each year, about 20 League members work at the center, located in a downtown Raleigh Housing Authority neighborhood. For 2017-18, Read and Feed, a local nonprofit agency that provides meals to eliminate hunger and tutors to help children with their reading skills and comprehension, added Heritage Park as an official site. JLR volunteers are trained as Read & Feed tutors in order to work with the children at the center who have been identified as needing extra reading support.
League volunteers also help and encourage students in grades K-12 by stressing the importance of education and goal-setting. They provide enrichment programs and events that help students broaden their horizons; develop their talents, skills and dreams; and be part of a safe, positive community.
JLR members plan a holiday shopping spree and various other special events throughout the year to recognize students who have demonstrated academic achievement and growth.