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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


    Schedule

    Monday – Friday, Flexible Schedule between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Hours may vary depending on department.

    Duties

    • Collects, sorts, prepares and scans documents; labels and enter documents into the computer system; prepares files and forwards documents for recycling and/or shredding.
    • Analyzes scanned documents for clarity and accuracy; rescans documents as needed.
    • Assists with records management and retention projects which may include general filing, document shredding, and data entry or manipulation

    Qualifications

      •  Ability to use Microsoft Office, scanning software and standard office equipment
      • Maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
      • Properly sort, prepare, and organize documents
      • Must be 18 or older

    Contact Assistant City Secretary, Christina Cabrera at ccabrera@bryantx.gov or 979-209-5002.


    Schedule

    Clara B. Mounce Library, Bryan – Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday – Approximately 10 hours per week

    Larry J. Ringer Library, College Station – Monday – Sunday – Maximum 2 hours per week, Must be able to volunteer for a minimum of 3 months

    Duties

    Volunteer will be trained to shelve books, DVDs, CDs and periodicals

    Qualifications

    • Ability to alphabetize
    • Must be able to bend, stoop, stretch and step up on a kick stool
    • This task is very physical


    Duties

    Volunteer will assist librarians with programming and library tasks

    Qualifications

    Must be in the 7th – 12th grade


    Schedule

    Monday – Thursday, 5:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. (at least once a week)

    Duties

    •Volunteers will assist elementary, middle school, and high school students with their homework.
    •Purpose: To help students with homework which will lead to academic success in school

    Qualifications

    • Teens – Must be entering the 7th grade or older
    • Basic knowledge for grades 1-12 in a subject area that is comfortable for the volunteer.
    • A brief orientation will be provided one week prior to the beginning of the program to better pair homework help tutors and students.
    • Volunteers will establish their own schedules but should commit to at least once per week.
    • Volunteers must fill out a Volunteer Bryan! application and register directly with the library. Please contact Elaine Platt, at 979-209-5615 or eplatt@bryantx.gov to register.


    The Clara B. Mounce Library in Downtown Bryan is currently seeking volunteers to assist with coordinating various events and activities that take place.

    Schedule

    The Mounce Library summer reading events run every Wednesday and some Saturdays throughout June and July. Events will be held between 9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Schedules will be arranged with each volunteer based on the event.

    Duties

    • Coordinate volunteers during event
    • Oversee event set up (i.e. set-up chairs, move tables, move activities to tables as needed)
    • Take pictures of the event with the library camera and download pictures to a flash drive
    • Oversee all activity tables
    • Oversee ticket distribution
    • Maintain crowds within legal capacity
    • Assist the presenter with set-up
    • Oversee summer reading club sign-up table
    • Oversee event clean up (i.e. put chairs/tables back where they belong)
    • Troubleshoot when needed with the librarians

    Qualifications

    • Must be at least 18 years old
    • Ability to use camera and download pictures
    • Ability to communicate effectively with children and adults

    If you are interested please contact Bobbee Pennington at 209-5600 or via email at bpennington@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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