If you’re a parent looking to sign your child up for Energy Express, contact your local office of the WVU Extension Service.
From mentors, to coordinators to superintendents – the entire community provides a service to help make Energy Express work in their towns. Under the leadership of WVU Extension Service and AmeriCorps, everything from cooks, volunteers and mentors is arranged by Energy Express. Parents meet with Energy Express team members at a home visit prior to the first day of the program and are encouraged to visit sites, communicate with AmeriCorps mentors on a weekly basis and volunteer, if possible.
AmeriCorps Community Coordinators and Mentors
Community Coordinators and mentors either recruit, train or supervise volunteers
to assist Energy Express children during reading, writing, art, drama and non-competitive
recreational activities. The selection process begins March 1. Learn more by downloading
the community coordinator application.
WVU Extension Site Supervisors
Energy Express relies on the dedication of experienced school professionals to facilitate the work of teams at all Energy Express sites. Education professionals interested in serving as Energy Express site supervisors are encouraged to apply. Site supervisor applications are available online, or by calling 304-293-3855. The selection process begins January 27.Site Supervisor Application
Other Volunteer Opportunities
From planning, recruitment and funding, to reading aloud – there’s always a task to be completed if you’re willing to share your time. Some volunteers serve daily at Energy Express sites. They assist with art, drama and one-on-one reading. Other volunteers might show up less frequently, serving as “guest readers” or helping with a specific project. For information on how to volunteer with Energy Express, contact your local office of the WVU Extension Service.
Sponsor an Energy Express site in your area
To sponsor an Energy Express site, a community coalition of parents, groups and organizations develops a proposal, generates a required local match and fills a variety of support roles—resulting in shared ownership, diversified funding and program sustainability.
To apply for a site, more than 50 percent of the children in a school community must be eligible for free or reduced-price meals.
Energy Express is typically housed in school facilities that otherwise would stand empty during the summer. However, community centers and churches are also used in some areas.
During Energy Express, parents and community members are encouraged to support children in a variety of ways. Through home visits and personal contacts, mentors and volunteer coordinators invite parents to volunteer during the program. Some sites offer parents learning opportunities in supporting children’s learning, family nutrition and parenting skills.
Many community members and service organizations donate their time and talents. Volunteers read aloud, help serve meals, take dictation from children, staff school offices, offer art activities, listen to children read and share their special interests and experiences. To learn more about sponsoring and starting an Energy Express site in your community, contact us.