Refugee Ministry

2018 Summer ESL Camp

Volunteers are needed to staff the 2018 Summer ESL Camp, sponsored by Cedar Springs' Refugee Ministry. Camp is a fun-filled and educational time for approximately 30 middle and high school age refugee children who are new to this country.

Location: Cansler YMCA, 616 Jessamine St., Knoxville TN 37917
Camp times: 1-4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays June 19-July 26
Volunteer Orientation Dinner: Thursday, June 7, at 5:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall
End-of-Camp Picnic: Saturday, July 28 from 4-6:30 pm at Tyson Park

Our Goals for the Students: 
- To prepare them for the coming school year by giving them some English language skills.
- To provide orientation into our community and culture, offer them our friendship, and walk alongside of them as they continue to make huge adjustments.
- To build bridges to their families, offer them a holistic ministry, and share Christ's love with them.

We need teachers and assistant teachers (curriculum is provided, and you don't have to be certified - if you can speak English, you can teach ESL), enrichment providers (that's what we call music, art, science, etc.), bus drivers and chaperonesrecreation and crafts leaderssnack providers, and peer mentors (middle and high school age students to come interact with the refugee kids during snack and recreation time). If you are interested in teaching a Bible lesson during the enrichment time, please contact Almaz ([email protected] or 291-5282).

  • Teaching ESL to beginner (2 levels), intermediate, and advanced classes:  Lead teachers and assistants are needed.
  • Teaching enrichment: Share your gift! Includes music, different types of arts, science experiments, social skills, health education and the like.
  • Bus driving and chaperoning: Drivers are needed for the CSPC bus (church approval and training required). Bus chaperones are necessary to maintain order on the bus, make sure the children safely get on the bus at pick-up, and that they are safely back in their homes at drop-off. (This is a WONDERFUL opportunity for a couple to volunteer together.)
  • Providing and serving refreshments:  Snack time is important! This allows casual interaction while everyone enjoys a small snack such as fruits, veggies, snack cakes, chips, etc. and a juice drink. 
  • Recreation leaders: Organizes group recreation for the campers and the peer mentors each day from 3:15-4 pm. Cansler allows us to use their gym and a nice, grassy field is available. Swimming is allowed on Wednesdays.
  • Crafts leaders: Not all of the kids participate in the games and sports, so we like to offer crafts (such as bead jewelry, duct tape crafts, etc.) during the recreation time.
  • Peer mentors:  Middle and high school age students are encouraged to build relationships with the campers by coming for snack time to hang out and then joining them for recreation and swimming.
  • Going on home visits: The home visits we make to enroll the children have proven to be one of the best ways to get to know the new families and build relationships with them. Please let us know if you are interested in participating in these visits, which will begin in May.
  • Other volunteer opportunities:  One-on-one tutoring and mentoring; being a conversational English partner with a refugee student during and/or after camp; leading a Bible study during and after camp. Please call us for more information.

TO VOLUNTEER TO HELP:  Choose the dates you are available to volunteer by clicking on the box in the areas listed below. After you have selected ALL the dates and areas you wish, click on 'Submit and Sign Up' at the bottom of the page. Verify what you are signing up for and enter your cell phone number (xxx-xxx-xxxx) and click 'Sign Up Now.'  You're done!  We will be in touch with you soon. (You do NOT have to create a SignUp Genius account unless you wish to.)  Please note:  We sincerely appreciate any time commitment you can make to the camp, and we know it is difficult to commit to the entire camp time, but please remember that it is best for the campers if they can have some consistency. If possible, please sign up for several consecutive weeks, or the same time every week.

Cedar Springs requires ANYONE working with minors to have a background check performed every 3 years. Form is attached. We will contact you to let you know if you need to submit the form. 

**Our campers and their families represent a diversity of cultures. Out of respect, we ask you (especially young women) to be thoughtful and cautious in your clothing choices. Our desire is to represent the Lord well and glorify Him in ALL aspects of the camp. Please be mindful of cultural differences as you consider what you say, what you do, and what you wear while you are at camp.

Thank you for giving of your heart, skills, and time to help these kids adjust to their new lives, and hopefully find a life with Christ!

Questions?  Contact Almaz (865-291-5282 or [email protected]) or Alison (865-291-5261 or [email protected]) or Karen (865-291-5227 or [email protected]).

*Please contact Alison or Karen for any questions or problems regarding the sign up.

 

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Date (mm/dd/yyyy) Location Time (EDT) Summer ESL Camp Volunteers Needed
06/19/2018 (Tue.) Drivers must be approved and trained by CSPC; camp begins at 1:00 pm  11:30am - 1:00pm  

Drive the CSPC bus to pick up students for camp (2)

 
All slots filled
Phil Ownby
David Ackerson

Chaperone the bus picking up students (2)

 
All slots filled
Cindy Ownby
linda ackerson
Instructional time is 1:00-2:30 pm  12:30pm - 3:15pm  

Lead ESL Teacher (6)

 
All slots filled
Lisa Davis
Friedrich Fiebig
Kay Autrey
Lisa Green
Brandon Sullivan
Elizabeth Choi
I've signed up for available teaching spots, but can do whatever is needed.

Assistant ESL Teacher (6)

 
5 of 6 slots filled
Barbara Chironna
I can attend Tuesday's and Wednesdays for entire camp.
Emily Bigler
Caitlin Lunsford
Marylyn Adams
Gordon Adams

Available to sub if needed (3)

 
Music, art, science, etc.  2:30pm - 3:00pm  

Enrichment

(music, art, health, etc)

 
Andrew Duncan
Bring and serve snacks such as fruits, veggies, chips, snack cakes & juice drink for campers & volunteers (about 50); NO GELATIN PLEASE (found in marshmallows, jello and fruit snacks)  3:00pm - 3:15pm  

Bring Snacks

 
Lynne Robinson
Middle & high school age boys & girls to participate in recreation or crafts with the campers  3:00pm - 4:00pm  

Peer Mentors (4)

 
All slots filled
Zack White
Axel Mnzava
Gail Mnzava
Robin Harbin
My brothers family is helping today, Andy my so nice and i may be able to come but we may be late Call Andy leave a voice mail if this is not permitted.
Organize & lead games in the gym or on outdoor field; swim on Wednesdays  3:00pm - 4:00pm  

Recreation Leader

 
Dawn Kienzl
Organize & lead crafts indoors for both girls & boys who don't participate in recreation  3:15pm - 4:00pm  

Crafts Leader

 
Emily Bigler
Drivers must be approved and trained by CSPC; camp ends at 4:00 pm  4:00pm - 5:30pm  

Drive the CSPC bus to take students home (2)

 
All slots filled
Phil Ownby
David Ackerson

Chaperone the bus taking students home (2)

 
All slots filled
Cindy Ownby
linda ackerson
06/20/2018 (Wed.) Drivers must be approved and trained by CSPC; camp begins at 1:00 pm  11:30am - 1:00pm  

Drive the CSPC bus to pick up students for camp (2)

 
All slots filled
David Ackerson
Bob Spining

Chaperone the bus picking up students (2)

 
1 of 2 slots filled
Gordon Adams
Instructional time is 1:00-2:30 pm  12:30pm - 3:15pm  

Lead ESL Teacher (6)

 
All slots filled
Lisa Davis
Kay Autrey
Lisa Green
Brandon Sullivan
Debbie Booth
Elizabeth Choi

Assistant ESL Teacher (6)

 
All slots filled
Barbara Chironna
Jennifer Fiebig
Kenneth Glass
will supervise in boy's locker rm for swimming as last year if needed
Emily Bigler
Marylyn Adams
Gordon Adams

Available to sub if needed (3)

 
2 of 3 slots filled
Dawn Kienzl
Stephanie Estabrooks
Music, art, science, etc.  2:30pm - 3:00pm  

Enrichment

(music, art, health, etc)

 
Alison Fleetwood
Bring and serve snacks such as fruits, veggies, chips, snack cakes & juice drink for campers & volunteers (at least 50); NO GELATIN PLEASE (found in marshmallows, jello and fruit snacks)  3:00pm - 3:15pm  

Bring Snacks

 
linda ackerson
Middle & high school age boys & girls to participate in recreation or crafts with the campers  3:00pm - 4:00pm  

Peer Mentors (4)

 
All slots filled
Debbie Booth
Zack White
anna burnette
John Burnette
Organize & lead games in the gym or on outdoor field; swim on Wednesdays  3:00pm - 4:00pm  

Recreation Leader

 
Organize & lead crafts indoors for both girls & boys who don't participate in recreation  3:15pm - 4:00pm  

Crafts Leader

 
Emily Bigler
Drivers must be approved and trained by CSPC; camp ends at 4:00 pm  4:00pm - 5:30pm  

Drive the CSPC bus to take students home (2)

 
All slots filled
David Ackerson
Bob Spining

Chaperone the bus taking students home (2)

 
1 of 2 slots filled
linda ackerson
06/21/2018 (Thu.) Drivers must be approved and trained by CSPC; camp begins at 1:00 pm  11:30am - 1:00pm  

Drive the CSPC bus to pick up students for camp (2)

 
All slots filled
Phil Ownby
David Ackerson

Chaperone the bus picking up students (2)

 
1 of 2 slots filled
linda ackerson
Instructional time is 1:00-2:30 pm  12:30pm - 3:15pm  

Lead ESL Teacher (6)

 
All slots filled
Lisa Davis
Kay Autrey
Lisa Green
Brandon Sullivan
Betsy Thomas
Mandy Martin

Assistant ESL Teacher (6)

 
All slots filled
Emily Bigler
Caitlin Lunsford
Marylyn Adams
Gordon Adams
Nancy Pearson
Jody Minnich

Available to sub if needed (3)

 
1 of 3 slots filled
Stephanie Estabrooks
Music, art, science, etc.  2:30pm - 3:00pm  

Enrichment

(music, art, health, etc)

 
Brandon Sullivan
Bring and serve snacks such as fruits, veggies, chips, snack cakes & juice drink for campers & volunteers (at least 50); NO GELATIN PLEASE (found in marshmallows, jello and fruit snacks)  3:00pm - 3:15pm  

Bring Snacks

 
Nancy Pearson
Middle & high school age boys & girls to participate in recreation or crafts with the campers  3:00pm - 4:00pm  

Peer Mentors (4)

 
All slots filled
Zack White
Greta Schwall (3)
Organize & lead games in the gym or on outdoor field; swim on Wednesdays  3:00pm - 4:00pm  

Recreation Leader

 
David Schwall
Organize & lead crafts indoors for both girls & boys who don't participate in recreation  3:15pm - 4:00pm  

Crafts Leader

 
Emily Bigler
Drivers must be approved and trained by CSPC; camp ends at 4:00 pm  4:00pm - 5:30pm  

Drive the CSPC bus to take students home (2)

 
All slots filled
Phil Ownby
David Ackerson

Chaperone the bus taking students home (2)

 
1 of 2 slots filled
linda ackerson
06/26/2018 (Tue.) Drivers must be approved and trained by CSPC; camp begins at 1:00 pm  11:30am - 1:00pm  

Drive the CSPC bus to pick up students for camp (2)

 
All slots filled
Monty Montgomery
Bob Conrad

Chaperone the bus picking up students (2)

 
1 of 2 slots filled
Mary Montgomery
Instructional time is 1:00-2:30 pm  12:30pm - 3:15pm  

Lead ESL Teacher (6)

 
All slots filled
Lisa Davis
Kay Autrey
Lisa Green
Brandon Sullivan
Mandy Martin
Elizabeth Choi

Assistant ESL Teacher (6)

 
All slots filled
Barbara Chironna
Caitlin Lunsford
Marylyn Adams
Gordon Adams
Sydney Smith
Jody Minnich

Available to sub if needed (3)

 
1 of 3 slots filled
Margaret Rose Bailey
Music, art, science, etc.  2:30pm - 3:00pm  

Enrichment

(music, art, health, etc)

 
Andrew Duncan
Bring and serve snacks such as fruits, veggies, chips, snack cakes & juice drink for campers & volunteers (at least 50); NO GELATIN PLEASE (found in marshmallows, jello and fruit snacks)  3:00pm - 3:15pm  

Bring Snacks

 
Philana Hancock
Middle & high school age boys & girls to participate in recreation or crafts with the campers  3:00pm - 4:00pm  

Peer Mentors (4)

 
3 of 4 slots filled
Zack White
Axel Mnzava
Gail Mnzava
Organize & lead games in the gym or on outdoor field; swim on Wednesdays  3:00pm - 4:00pm  

Recreation Leader

 
mark steimer
Organize & lead crafts indoors for both girls & boys who don't participate in recreation