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Student Tutoring Program Expanding, Still Needs Volunteers

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For more information about all volunteer opportunities, call JABA at 434-817-JABA. For more information about all volunteer opportunities, call JABA at 434-817-JABA.

A popular program that brings adults into area schools to tutor and read to kids is expanding.

JABA's "Friends In Schools Helping," or "FISH" program connects community volunteers to fill various needs in area schools.

Last year, the FISH program added Louisa County. The program had just served Charlottesville and Albemarle County for nearly 40 years before expanding. This year, it added Fluvanna County and will be a part of Fluvanna County elementary schools, with a possibility for a special program in the middle school. In the near future, coordinators hope to serve the rest of the rural counties in the region. 

JABA has a volunteer from the AmeriCorps VISTA Program helping with these new expansions.

"The wonderful thing about FISH is that you can customize it, the school can customize it to fit their needs. What we like to do is say we will provide you with certified trained, engaged, and screened volunteers and you tell us what your needs are," Martha Williams, manager of volunteer services at JABA, said.

Next year, JABA plans to expand the FISH program into Nelson and Greene Counties, then it will finally serve each county in its coverage area.

The FISH program still needs volunteers. There is a FISH training session scheduled for Fluvanna County volunteers Wednesday at 1 p.m. in Zion Crossroads.

For more information about all volunteer opportunities, call JABA at 434-817-JABA and ask for "FISH."