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Tuesday, January 16 News

Middle school students needed for Community Service Corps

WESTPORT — Westport Human Services is accepting applications from students in sixth, seventh and eighth grade interested in after-school volunteer opportunities.

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Applications are available at the Human Services Department or on the Town website under Youth Services at westportct.gov/index.aspx?page=90

The Westport Community Service Corps is looking for middle school students to volunteer weekly. Beginning Jan. 22 for 10 weeks, students will volunteer once a week for about one-and-a-half hours, culminating with a wrap-up party at Toquet Hall in March.

“It’s a great opportunity for Westport middle school students as an introduction to community service or as an additional way to give back to their community and learn a little more about some of the agencies here in town,” said Kevin Godburn, Youth Services program director at Toquet Hall, which helps Human Services to oversee the program.

According to Godburn, in the past students have been paired with the Center for Senior Activities, the town clerk, the Children’s Community Development Center, A Child’s Place and the Westport-Weston Family Y. In addition, students can be placed at Saugatuck Nursery School, the Westport Arts Center, Westport Children’s Library and Westport Historical Society.

“Students are matched up with a site on a first-come, first-served basis, based on their interests and experience,” Godburn said.

According to Godburn, the Community Service Corps has existed for at least 15 years — though it was called the Service Learning Club in the early 2000s. Because of the program’s popularity, limited spaces are available.

“It’s a great introduction to volunteering for students who haven’t done community service before. And it’s also a great way for middle school students to give back to the community and help out some nonprofits,” Godburn said.

justin.papp@scni.com; @justinjpapp1

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