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Community Service and Work-Study

Students with work-study as part of their financial aid package have the ideal opportunity to combine their work life with their interest in community service. Financial Aid Services and the Civic Engagement and Service Learning Office partner with more than 100 on-campus and off-campus community service agencies to provide community service opportunities to work-study students. If you qualify for these programs you will be able do work that enriches the community while you develop important professional skills.

To browse community service work-study positions, go to the Work-Study Jobs listing and look for positions listed as "Work-Study Jobs on Off-Campus Sites."

America Reads and America Counts

Many UMass Amherst students obtain work-study jobs with America Reads and America Counts, excellent community service programs administered by the Five Colleges. America Reads is a nationwide effort to bring together parents, teachers, community groups, college students, and business leaders to insure that all children read independently by the end of third grade. America Counts is a similar program that aims to help children master the fundamentals of mathematics.

Work-study students who take these positions work in area schools with professional teachers and educators, tutoring in small groups or one-on-one. America Reads tutors work with children in preschool through six grade and America Counts tutors focus on kindergarten through ninth grade.

If you do not have Federal Work-Study as part of your financial aid package, you can still be an America Reads or America Counts Tutor as a volunteer.

Please visit the Five College America Reads Web site for more information about these programs.