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Las Vegas shelter for women and children needs distance-learning volunteers

The Shade Tree
Posted at 6:18 AM, Aug 05, 2020

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Distance learning poses challenges for students, teachers and parents.

As the start of the school year looms, a Las Vegas valley organization providing safe shelter to homeless and abused women and children needs help from the community.

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The Shade Tree wants to make sure children who have experienced trauma can have a comfortable and structured learning-environment when school begins on Aug. 24. To accomplish that, they need volunteers.

The Shade Tree is currently home to children in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

The nonprofit says its staff needs all the help it can get to make sure every child continues to learn. They have prepared a classroom environment for younger children and older students have access to computers and other technology on site.

Starting on the first day of school, The Shade Tree needs 10 volunteers daily, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, to assist staff members in supporting the students living at the shelter.

The shelter asks that volunteers commit to a minimum of one day per month. However, CEO Linda Perez says, if you are able to, you can volunteer as often as possible.

"It's extremely important to us that we provide them, as most normal as we possibly can while they're in our shelter. And we have to give them the best support we possibly can."

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To volunteer, you can apply at theshadetree.org.

You must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, and must successfully pass a background check.

Volunteers are also required to attend orientation and must follow The Shade Tree's COVID-19 protocols.