Helping shape our next generation of children- Seniors, retirees put their talents to work at Hilltop Neighborhood House

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Published on January 17, 2018 with No Comments

By Traci Dayne, Director of Operations at Hilltop Neighborhood House

These children are part of the Hilltop Neighborhood House family and they need volunteers from the community to provide a positive learning environment and experience.

Do you have extra time and are looking for something meaningful to do?  Do you miss your grandkids?  Or maybe you have recently retired but aren’t quite ready to put on the slippers and sit by the fire all day.  Well, there’s a solution for you!  By volunteering at Hilltop Neighborhood House, you can get your “grandkid fix” and help a wonderful child development center at the same time.  Children who attend Hilltop range from infants to 5 years old, and we have 78 children here at the facility.

We have fulfilling volunteer opportunities in all of our various classrooms, from rocking infants to sleep (you must be 21 years old to volunteer with the littlest ones), to being one of the first people to see toddlers take their first steps and learn their first words (the milestones that are such a joy to be a part of), to helping active older children get ready for kindergarten by reading to them and helping them learn their ABC’s (they love the one-on-one attention!)

Hilltop Too-Walt’s Place is an after-school program for school-aged children, where they are provided a hot, nutritious meal, tutoring and homework assistance, and safe recreational activities.  Volunteers are welcome here Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. to provide mentorship, one-on-one homework help, or just spending fun time in our computer lab, playing Wii, foosball, doing craft projects and outdoor activities.

Hilltop House also operates the Hilltop Food Pantry, which is open the first and third Thursday of each month from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.  Volunteers are welcome here to help organize the pantry, take donations, and distribute food to the clients.  Hilltop helped feed 4,300 adults and children throughout the year.

Hilltop Neighborhood House is an early childhood learning center, located in the Hilltop area of Valparaiso.  The facility provides scholarship assistance to 84 percent of its children, many of whom are from single parent homes; parents who are working or going to school so they can provide a better life for their children.  Hilltop is proud to assist these families by providing a safe and comfortable learning environment for their children.  A big part of that depends on our wonderful volunteers, who give their time, their talent, and their love to these children, each and every day.  They go home with mom or dad, grandma or grandpa, with a bright smile on their face, a stomach full of nutritious, healthy food, a mind brimming of the exciting things they learned that day, and a feeling of belonging in their hearts.  You can help shape our next generation of children who will grow up to be caring and productive citizens of our community.

For more information volunteer information, contact Traci Dayne, Director of Operations at Hilltop Neighborhood House at 219-477-4222, Ext. 212, email at tdayne@hilltophouse.org, or visit www.hilltophouse.org.  Volunteers are subject to state mandated tests and background checks in order to work with children under the age of 6 years. All volunteers need to be at least 18 years of age.

For information on childcare services call 219-477-4222, walk-ins welcomed Monday through Friday at Hilltop Neighborhood House located at 406 S. College Ave. in Valparaiso from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Traci Dayne is the director of operations of Hilltop Neighborhood House, having previously worked at United Way of Porter County for 15 years.  Originally from Pennsylvania, she moved to Indiana during high school.  She has 30 years of administrative experience, and enjoys working in the nonprofit sector.  For more information, you may contact her at 219-477-4222 Ext. 212 or email at tdayne@hilltophouse.org.

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