Frequently Asked Questions
Questions often arise in students choosing community service projects. Please read our FAQ below to help you answer those questions.
- What is Community Service for School?
With more and more schools requiring Community Service Hours (or Service Learning Hours) for graduation, the opportunities to fulfill your hours locally are diminishing. The local non-profit organizations are great if you can fit your hours into their schedule.
Now there's an alternative. Reachout America's Service-Learning is a unique, wonderful, educational and enlightening opportunity not only for individual students to engage activly in and contribute directly to their particular community while earning academic credit/hours toward their graduation requirements, but also for the general public to interact with and participate in the teaching of youth in their neighborhoods.
- Reachout America is located in Georgia - how can they help my community in another state?
Reachout America's unique program can help not only your specific community but also communities across America. We have two established programs - School Service Learning program and also a Court Community Service program. These programs provide us with a national platform of support, thereby opening the door for help wherever there is a need, of whatever nature.
- How are donations put to use and what % goes to helping kids?
100% of contributions go directly toward the further development and growth of our programs. It is our goal to have the highest percent to cause ratio in the nation among non-profit foundations by the end of 2014.
- What is the Service Learning Program ?
The Reachout America Service Learning Program is a unique and wonderful educational and enlightening opportunity. Not only can individual students actively engage in, but also contribute directly to, their particular community while earning academic credit/hours toward their graduation requirements. This program is also a great way for the general public to interact with, and participate in the teaching of youth in their neighborhoods. It is a cool mix of both teaching and learning. It offers community members the chance to take part in the active education of its youth, and offers the participants seeking the experience of service-learning, the chance to identify, address and do something worthwhile about real needs in their own area. As a fun, hands-on approach to education, service-learning allows students to go out into the real world, and embark on a plan of action that will directly improve, enhance and uplift the lives of others in their immediate community.
- What is Reflections all about?
Upon completion of Service Learning or Court Ordered Hours, we encourage the participant to download and complete our Reflection page. We believe that reflection is the key to learning from any experience in life. Taking time to think about what one has been through helps the individual to assess their values and life goals. Through reflection, the community service experience becomes an integral part of the individual's life. Like a seed that is planted, it will blossom over time. The community service completed today directly and profoundly touches and impacts the lives of others (our special children). Reflecting on this experience helps to reinforce the participant's awareness of how their choices influence others in life, now and in the future
- How will Penpal help my community?
Pen Pal correspondence also offers academic benefits. For a child that has learning disabilities or attention problems, exchanging letters with a Pen Pal can spark the motivation to obtain and improve their reading and writing skills. According to Dr. Charles MacArthur, an expert on teaching writing skills to children with learning difficulties, "When children have a regular time to write, see their writing task as meaningful, and get responses to their writing from peers, teachers and others, they are motivated to write and come to understand the purpose and values of writing." We all know from personal experience that residents greatly appreciate and enjoy receiving mail. Many residents are seldom visited by neither family or friends. For these individuals, letters are often held as precious treasures, and placed on the wall or beside their beds where they can be viewed for comfort. To make initial correspondence easier and more natural, we attempt to share information about residents interest with the Pen Pal volunteer. As a pen Pal, one will experience the joy of lifting the spirits of people who long to know that someone still cares for them. Due to their disabilities and various ailments, the residents we currently serve may need assistance in writing their Pen Pal letters. Therefore, we encourage you to get involved as a volunteer in your community by not only spending some quality time on our site but also visiting local special needs children, retirement communities or elderly neighbors in order to assist them in writing.
- How will Adopt-a-Senior help my community?
Reachout America's Adopt A Senior program was developed to expand its mission to provide goodwill services to those in need by giving students an opportunity to receive service learning hours while exercising humanitarianism. Through ReachOut America, we strive to bridge a gap between all races, creeds, social and economic backgrounds. Although our organizations primary focus is to send children with disabilities to various camps, we thoroughly enjoy connecting people who can help us deliver smiles, as well as seek to find those who want a smile. The benefits of Adopt-a-Senior can be very rewarding in many ways. Most of us smile in happy anticipation when a personal letter shows up in our mailbox. Kids love to get mail as well, whether it be through paper or electronically. This shows how popular and beneficial Pen Pal projects are for children and adults of all ages. Not only does this provide popularity, but it also gives individuals opportunities for lasting rewards. Many adults have given testimonies of exchanging letters as a child through which they were able to build memories and lifelong friendships.