For Communities In Schools of Brunswick County (CIS), volunteers make all the difference, both in our school programs and our thrift shops. CIS volunteers give back tirelessly to the community through CIS and help students in Brunswick County to stay in school.It takes a special person to give their time and make a commitment to help struggling students. Community volunteers contribute to and support programs offered by CIS. Through CIS multi-tiered interventions, volunteers surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS was founded on the belief that “it’s relationships, not programs that change children.” The difference our volunteers make in the life of a child never goes unnoticed.
CIS is blessed to work with over 400 volunteers providing thousands of hours of support to our students and their families. Some work with students in tutoring and learning enrichment activities, while others donate food and supplies for student projects, events and celebrations. Lunch buddies offer a nurturing adult presence with an open ear and a caring heart. Adult and student volunteers assist with our Teen and Peer Court activities. Volunteer board members and committee members provide leadership and direction in program development, fundraising, and events.
The four CIS Thrift Shops couldn’t operate without the support of volunteers sorting, pricing donations, and helping customers. Each of the shops always welcomes new volunteers. Volunteers give their time at CIS Thrift Shops for the sole purpose of helping Brunswick County students. CIS Thrift Shops have four locations in Brunswick County—Boiling Spring Lakes, Leland, Southport, and Sunset Beach. The shops are open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with donations welcome during those hours. Boiling Spring Lakes and the Southport Thrift Shop are also open Sundays from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
CIS currently provides an Action for Success program in four Brunswick County middle schools and Waccamaw School (K-8) by incorporating Success Coaches, community volunteers and club and business partnerships to support student achievement. CIS supports Brunswick County students through tutors, mentors, Teen and Peer Court programs, 21st Century Community Learning Center Afterschool Programs, and parenting education, with a major focus on dropout prevention services. Without compassionate volunteers and community partners CIS could not meet the needs of the over 4,400 students we serve.
“Giving back to your community can be one of the most rewarding experiences personally and spiritually,” said CIS Executive Director Bonnie Jordan. The good that CIS does for students can be measured in improving school subject matter scores and grade promotion rates. However, volunteering also has real positive impacts for volunteers themselves, from enhanced emotional well-being to community connections.
In this season of thanksgiving, the board and staff of CIS recognize and express our gratitude for every volunteer hour given to improve the lives of students in Brunswick County. Thank you Brunswick County for your continued support of and investment in the success of Brunswick County students!
For more information about CIS of Brunswick County, donating or volunteering with CIS, please contact the CIS office at 910-832-3494 or visit www.cisbrunswick.org. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for regular updates.