We now have a GoFundMe page so if you would like to contribute so that we can support things like supplies for the children and transportation for the volunteers that would be much appreciated!
We are a group of University of Maryland College Park students looking to improve the lives of children in the D.C. public school system. We will be visiting several schools in the Washington D.C. area and providing children with engaging after school activities.
We are looking for anyone who is excited about making a difference in the lives of youth in our area. The legal requirements are an official background check and fingerprinting from the FBI, as well as a negative tuberculosis (TB) test within the past 12 months. After you receive clearance, you can go into the schools with us! VOLUNTEER TIMES ARE FROM 3:30-6 ANY WEEKDAY! Our volunteers are required to work one day every two weeks, to help build a relationship with the children we are working with. More time is encouraged but not required. We are all looking forward to working with these elementary school students and seeing the smiles we put on their faces.
Step 1, TB test: Obtaining a TB test is easy if you have not had one, and takes only 48 hours until you are declared negative. If you have had one in the past 12 months, you simply bring the record of that with you when you are certified. To obtain the records from the health center on campus, simply visit the Medical Records Office (an employee at the front desk can direct you there). Once there, they will have you fill out a form allowing them to release your information to D.C. Public Schools (DCPS). They will ask for a name and address to release the information to. Here is the information you need:
1200 1st Street , NE
Washington, DC 20002
Once you give the form, completed, to the Medical Records person, they will check your ID and then give you a copy of your record (all you need is the proof of TB part).
***If you have not had a negative TB test within the past 12 months, you must get one from either your doctor or the health center. The test (without medical insurance) is only $10. You must schedule the test with the health center, and then proceed to obtain the proof of your negative test.
Step 2, Prepare for official FBI background check and fingerprinting: Open, read, print, and complete the volunteer application for DCPS here:
***The office is open from 9-3:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This may conflict with schedules. Therefore, you can also schedule an appointment. Under personal information, you may leave date and volunteer placement (school name) blank. Obviously, do not fill out the “For Official Use Only” box. On the last page, leave DCPS School Name blank. List us, terpKIDS, as who you are referred by.
Now you’re set! Further instructions were listed at the top of the volunteer form. You bring that form, your TB records, and a state issued ID to the DCPS office. Afterwards, the clearing process should be complete in 5-10 business days.
Step 3, How to Get There: Take the metro bus from Stamp to the metro. Take the green line (towards Branch Ave) to Fort Totten, transfer, and then take the red line (towards Shady Grove) to NoMa-Gallaudet U. From there, go southwest on 2nd street NE toward N street NE. 2nd street becomes N street NE. Turn left onto 1st street NE. 1200 1st street NE is on the right. Enter the building, and go to the desk on the right. The officer will ask you to sign in. You are going to the 10th floor. Take the elevator up and the DCPS office should be right there. Tell them you are there to get fingerprinted for terpKIDS, and they will take care of you.
***Stay tuned for more from terpKIDS. We might be able to organize leaders to take some of you guys into the city so it goes more smoothly. Meanwhile, don’t hesitate to ask us questions and get the process started yourself! The tricky part about this is coordinating everyone’s schedules while meanwhile trying to get people on board with our movement before the deadline for the Do Good Challenge. More on the Do Good Challenge here if you don’t know what we’re talking about: dogood.umd.edu
Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns: firstname.lastname@example.org