The Salvation Army’s free after-school tutoring program at its McNeilly Road Worship and Service Center has been a much-needed part of community enrichment for kids in kindergarten through eighth grade for more than two years. The program offers help with homework, online learning through EverFi and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, during the school year from 3 to 5 p.m.
Heather Cenname of Brookline became program director soon after learning of the tutoring while attending Salvation Army services last year.
Punctuality is not required. “Whenever you can make it,” she says. “[The program] is happy to have you,” although she encourages consistent adherence to a schedule of the student’s choice. Approximately 30 students are enrolled. A few high school students are participating in the ESL program.
Students and families are encouraged to visit, check out the program and speak with Cenname about any questions.
The Salvation Army is always seeking volunteers of any experience level. Volunteers must be at least high school age and parental permission is required for those younger than 18. Volunteers 18 and older must have clearance to work with children. Volunteering counts toward community service hours for the National Honor Society or similar associations.
The Salvation Army also offers a youth night at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and a performance arts session at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays. For details: 412-207-2127 ext. 110.