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    Volunteer Program

    vb_logoWelcome to VOLUNTEER BRYAN!

    The City of Bryan recognizes the tremendous reserve of knowledge, talent and skill within our community and encourages citizens to contribute their valuable time and talents to a variety of jobs on a volunteer basis. Volunteers can provide assistance to staff in completing projects or share their experience with staff in a team effort.

    Contact the volunteer coordinator: 979-209-5002  |  email: citysecretaryweb@bryantx.gov

    VOLUNTEER BRYAN! will expand and enhance the delivery of quality service by promoting citizen participation in city government. It is our goal to recruit, train, utilize and recognize volunteers who help enhance services provided to the community. We want to assure you that we will do our best to provide you with a meaningful and rewarding experience. The benefits and advantages are numerous:

    Volunteering…

    • allows citizens to perform work of value to the community
    • helps foster greater understanding between City employees and the citizens we serve
    • provides an opportunity for citizens to work in partnership with the City of Bryan
    • is a way to renew job skills, explore new career opportunities and update work experience
    • is a way to contribute your knowledge, skills, interest and enthusiasm
    • is a way to experience community involvement

    Who Volunteers?

    • Retirees, senior citizens
    • College students
    • Service groups looking for projects
    • People wishing to give back to their community by contributing their time and expertise
    • Citizens who want to see how city government operates
    • People who want to update their skills

    How to Get Involved

    • See our Current Volunteer Opportunities below to find out how you can get involved.
    • Fill out the online Volunteer Application, or print a PDF and send it in.
    • Or contact the volunteer coordinator at 979-209-5002 or by email: citysecretaryweb@bryantx.gov for more information.

    Current Volunteer Opportunities

    Click on each volunteer position to view details


    Locations

    Clara B. Mounce Library

    Larry  J. Ringer Library

    Carnegie History Center

     

    The work of every volunteer helps support our library system. Please select the library branch you would be interested in volunteering in. If no vacant volunteer opportunities are available at your preferred library branch, you will be asked to assist in another location.

     

    Here are some ways to volunteer…
    • Assist with children’s activities
    • Help keep our books and audiovisual collections in order
    • Help with genealogy research or help maintain research materials
    • Help set up exhibits & displays
    • Keep periodical materials in order
    • Work with special projects
    • Other ongoing tasks as they arise. These tasks may include shelf cleaning, newspaper and magazine upkeep, filing, shifting books, and other tasks as assigned.

     

    All interested in volunteering, please complete an application and indicate what branch you are interested in volunteering at.  Volunteers must be entering the 7th grade or older.   All volunteers under the age of 18 must also complete Minor Work Release Form and all volunteers under age 16 must fill out a Check In – Check Out Waiver. The Minor Work Release Form and the Under 16 Check In – Check Out Waiver must be signed in front of a notary. If you do not have access to a notary, please contact the library and we can make one available for you.

     

    All teens who are interested in volunteering at Larry J. Ringer Library will need to fill out a Teen Advisory Board application (7th-12th grade). For more information on the Teen Advisory Board, contact Liz Arthur at (979) 764-3416 or earthur@bryantx.gov


    Minor Repair Housing Program
    The minor housing repair assistance program is designed to alleviate immediate threats to the health and safety of low income home owners by providing grants for minor home repairs
    Voluntary Demolition Assistance Program
    This program provides demolition assistance to help property owners tear down and remove dilapidated houses

    The Community Development Department of the City of Bryan depends on federal grant funds which are limited, and utilized on a first come, first serve basis. With assistance from your group, the City may be able to help homeowners who do not qualify for these programs , may need some type of assistance not covered within the program guidelines, or have already received assistance within the year.

    Projects

    • Voluntary Demolition of structures
    • Building porches and ramps to make homes accessible for disabled citizens
    • Minor home repairs which may include painting, landscaping, repairing windows, yard cleanup, replacing rotten boards, organizing within the house (i.e. removing furniture/clutter)

    Qualifications

    • Ability to use tools and lift heavy objects (will depend on the project)
    • Must be 16 or older
    • Must obtain all labor, tools, and supplies

    City staff will assist in facilitating the project with the volunteer group and homeowner, but no federal funds will be used in the project.  THE VOLUNTEER GROUP IS RESPONSIBLE FOR OBTAINING ALL LABOR, TOOLS, AND SUPPLIES, AND ASSUMES ALL LIABILITY FOR ANY INJURIES OR DAMAGES RESULTING FROM THE PROJECT.
    Please contact Community Development 979-209-5175, or communitydevelopmentweb@bryantx.gov at least two (2) weeks in advance if you are interested in coordinating one of these projects.

    Duties

    The position will perform inspections, drafting and job site coordination duties as assigned for developers, builders, public facility construction, housing down payment and rehabilitation activities for Community Development Services. Responsibilities include assisting with the measurement and inspection of homes for the Rehabilitation/Reconstruction program; preparing site plans, CAD, cost estimates and preliminary scopes of work for rehabilitation projects; conducting job site visits, maintaining records and coordinating change orders and project payments on assigned projects; and performing related duties and research as assigned.

    Requirements

    Must be a Junior, Senior, or Graduate student in Architecture, Civil Engineering or similar technical field of study. Must be proficient in the use of CAD applications and spreadsheets; able to coordinate construction projects and estimate project costs, use spreadsheet and word processing applications (Microsoft Word/Excel/Outlook); and work cooperatively, and communicate effectively.

    Schedule

    Flexible work schedule – approximately 20 hours per week Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The position will last approximately one semester. The internship is unpaid.


    Duties

    The volunteer intern will assist in federal grant funded program duties, to include review, collection, sorting and/or checking of client data, project information, and environmental review requirements for housing assistance programs. The volunteer intern may also research census data and assist in program outreach (public meetings, surveys, marketing, and other special projects). The intern will also assist managers with grant funded public service agency program support (health and social services). The volunteer intern will also provide customer service, clerical, and administrative support, record keeping, and filing for department managers, office co-workers, program clients, and citizens.

    The volunteer intern must:

    • Be reliable, punctual, and provide excellent customer service
    • Dress appropriately for a professional office and exhibit dependability
    • Function independently and as an integral member of a team
    • Maintain confidentiality with client and program information

    Requirements

    Must be a Junior, Senior, or Graduate student in Architecture, Urban Planning, Real Estate Development, Civil Engineering, or other agreed to fields of study. Must be proficient in the use Microsoft Office products, to include: Word, Excel, Outlook, Publisher, PowerPoint, Access, etc.; and work cooperatively, and communicate effectively with managers and co-workers.

    Schedule

    Flexible work schedule – approximately 20 hours per week Monday-Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The position will last approximately one semester. The volunteer internship is unpaid.

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