Outreach Opportunities

AAUW Vero Beach’s efforts to empower women and girls in Indian River County often involve support of a dual nature:  monetary and/or volunteers’ time. Below are some of the organizations with whom we collaborate that offer opportunities for you to act by volunteering your time or donating needed items.

Adult Literacy

Volunteer to tutor an adult learner one-on-one to help them master reading or English as a Second Language. Conducted through Literacy Services of Indian River County’s program.  Chair: Linda Barker, 703-898-8260 or linda_barker@comcast.net.

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Friends After Diagnosis Chemo Kits

During the summer months Board members donated items for “Chemo Kits,” a project started by Friends After Diagnosis, a local nonprofit that supports women and men with breast cancer. We have expanded the project to invite all branch members to contribute items that make up each Chemo Kit bag.  Contact Kathy Martin at 772-617-2606 or aauwvb.kmartin@gmail.com for more information on items and quantities needed.

Gifford Community Cultural and Resource Center

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The new cultural center complex will expand the existing Gifford Historical Museum Cultural Center as well as the resources and cultural programming offered to the Gifford community. The Center’s mission is to preserve, enhance and celebrate Gifford's rich history and African Americans throughout the county through enrichment and educational programs.  Planned programs for girls to include leadership, personal development, art, music, history, and film.  Visit giffordhistoricalmuseumandculturalcenter.org or contact Vera Smith at 772-473-8317 about volunteer opportunities.

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Girls On The Run

AAUW is a sponsor for Girls on the Run of the Treasure Coast to help build their self-esteem through activity. Find out about the many ways to help HERE

Guardian ad Litem

Compassionate? You could make a difference by being a voice in court for abused, abandoned or neglected children. Training provided; no particular background required. Contact this organization directly HERE

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Little Free Libraries

Pass on the joy of reading!  You can make a difference for a child every time you attend one of our events!    Bring a new or gently used pre-Kindergarten level book with you and it will go into one of our four Little Free Libraries located at preschool and community sites.  Donated books from attendees at our Branch Meetings and Book Review Breakfasts help to keep these libraries stocked.  For more information, contact Christine Ryall, 772-231-2591 or drcryall@gmail.com

STEM Programs

We support a variety of programs to encourage and promote young girls’ interest in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields.

AAUW-FL Tech Trek is a week-long STEM residential experience at Florida Atlantic University in Jupiter or Stetson University in Deland for girls going into the 8th grade.  It is designed to make STEM fields exciting and accessible to girls in middle school.  Volunteer opportunities could include assisting teachers, serving as camp staff, assisting with hands-on workshops, field trips, or special events.

 

IRC Science Fair   Sponsored by the Indian River County Education Foundation, the program “reinforces math, reading, and writing skills through scientific research and discovery.”  The School based fairs take place in November and December.  The Indian River Regional Science and Engineering Fair (IRRSEF) is held on the last Saturday in January.  More than 200 volunteers, professionals and research scientists mentor students and review science projects.

 

Treasure Coast Girls Coalition STEM Camp   For a 2nd year, TCGC will conduct a STEM camp in the summer of 2023 for local middle school girls. There they will specialize in digital literacy, emotional intelligence, and environmental learning at the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge.  The Camp was made possible by a Community Action Grant from AAUW National with AAUW Vero Beach as their sponsor.  TCGC also has year-round volunteer opportunities available.  For more information on volunteering, visit Get Involved with TCGC.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Tutoring

Volunteer to tutor or mentor an elementary school child in reading or other subjects as part of this Big Brothers/Big Sisters sponsored program.  Member is matched with the right age group and student to foster a rewarding experience for both student and mentor.  Chair:  Christine Ryall,

772-231-2591 or drcryall@gmail.com.