Soil movers needed this week at the Ravenna Community Garden

The Ravenna Community Garden could use your help (and your shovel) this week.

The group is looking for a few volunteers on Tuesday and/or Friday to help move the large pile of soil into the garden. Many hands make light work, AND you could skip your push-ups for the day.

Willing parties should show up around 5:30 PM, with shovels and wheelbarrows if they’ve got ’em, at the north end of the field behind the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center (6535 Ravenna Avenue NE). Hope for good weather, but dress for the worst.

For more information, contact the Ravenna Community Garden folks at, or visit

Volunteer opportunities aplenty at Eckstein Middle School

Interested in volunteering in a local school, but not sure where to start?

LauraLeigh Young, the Volunteer Coordinator at Eckstein Middle School (3003 NE 75th Street) has a LONG list of opportunities you can plug yourself into.

Peruse her list of EMS November Volunteer Opportunities, then contact LauraLeigh for more information (llyoung [at]


Tutors and Reading Mentors

You don’t need to be a “math whiz” or have special teaching skills to help an Eckstein student to be more successful in school this year!  Here are some specific ways volunteers are currently needed to work with Eckstein students:

1) Listen to and support a student as he or she reads aloud one hour per week
Mondays for a one-hour period between 9:00 am and 2:30 pm

2) Help a student practice basic math facts
Tues, Wed or Thursday for a 30-minute period between 10:35 am and 2:35 pm

3) Help as an in-class music tutor working with students in small groups (any instrumental or vocal music experience is helpful)
Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs or Friday for a one-hour class period

4) Volunteer as an in-class tutor/classroom assistant to help a struggling student focus and complete classwork
Mon, Tues, Wed or Thurs from 1:40 – 2:35 pm

5) Work after school with a student who needs help with math homework
Mon, Tues, Wed or Thurs between 2:45 and 4:45 pm

6) Help a student as a one-on-one tutor in a Language Arts/Social Studies class
Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs or Fri between 1:40 and 2:35 pm

7)  Volunteer as an in-class math tutor to work with small groups of students
Mon, Tues or Fri for a one-hour period between 8:00 and 11:00 am

8th Grade Dinner Volunteers

Eckstein’s 8th Grade Dinner is a school tradition and will take place on Tuesday, November 9th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  The dinner provides 8th graders and their families with an opportunity to share a meal and some conversation together at the start of their final year at Eckstein.

You can volunteer for:

Setup from 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Door and Serving from 5:45 – 7:00 pm
Cleanup from 7:30 – 8:15 pm

Gameroom Volunteers

If you love games, we’d love to have your help for one hour a week in Eckstein’s lunchtime game room!

Lunchtime Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to supervise and interact with Eckstein students during lunchtime.  We need adults who are willing to be a visible presence and keep kids safe, as well as connecting and engaging with students in the lunchroom, in the hallways, on the athletic fields or in the gameroom.

Lunchtime hours are:

Mon, Wed, Fri:  11:05 -12:35
Tues, Thurs:  10:35 – 12:05

Volunteers Needed September 8-9 at Eckstein Middle School

If you’re an Eckstein Middle School parent or guardian, Volunteer Coordinator LauraLeigh Young needs your help (emphasis mine):

YOU can help Eckstein students get off to a great start this year by spending just a few hours at school this Wednesday or Thursday!  Volunteers are needed to welcome and direct students in the morning and at lunch on the first two days of school — no experience required and don’t worry, you don’t need to already know your way around the building!

The school is looking for help during the following times:

  • Wed, Sept 8 — 7:45 to 10:15 and 10:15 to 1:45
  • Thurs, Sept 9 — 7:35 to 8:15 and 10:25 to 12:15

If you’re available during any of those four times and would like to help, contact Laura at llyoung [at]

Nathan Eckstein Middle School is located at 3003 NE 75th Street.