Volunteers make our mission possible! Dedicated community members commit thousands of hours each year to ensure that college and career dreams can become a reality. There are many ways to get involved. Check out our list below to see if there’s an opportunity that is right for you.
Partner with rising seniors to support them throughout the college admissions process. Coaches are matched with Scholars at the end of their junior year and assist with the entire college application process, from building their college lists and writing personal statements, to completing the Common Application and providing guidance and encouragement. Coaches must have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Time Commitment: Coaches must participate in multiple training sessions and have the ability to meet with their Scholar (virtually or in-person) at least once per week from the end of junior year to the end of senior year of high school.
Financial Aid Guide
Support families as they navigate the complexities of the financial aid process. Assist with completing and submitting financial aid applications (FAFSA, NYS TAP, and CSS Profile); reviewing financial award letters; and identifying options for narrowing the college cost gap. Guides must have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Time Commitment: Primarily during the months of October – December and then as needed. Guides must participate in one training session before volunteering at a FAFSA Boot Camp or an appointment.
Essay Support Team
Review and provide feedback on Scholars’ personal statements and supplemental essays to ensure their submissions are high-quality and error-free. Essay volunteers must have a bachelor’s degree or higher. Skilled volunteers with exceptional writing and editing skills are strongly encouraged to apply!
Time Commitment: Primarily during the months of September – November. Essay Support Team volunteers must participate in one training session before volunteering.
Work one-on-one with First-Gen Forward Scholars in college who are actively seeking internship and employment opportunities. Support Scholars with updating their resumes and cover letters so they can showcase their experiences and achievements in this competitive job market.
Requirement: Experience in human resources and/or corporate recruiting; computer fluency and proficiency in Google Drive (especially Google Docs)
Time Commitment: Scholars will schedule phone/Zoom appointments with you, as needed, at a mutually agreeable time (approximately 5 hours per week).
Event / Workshop Volunteer
Assist with fundraising events or Scholar programs and events by setting up/breaking down at the venue, securing auction items, checking-in guests, selling raffle tickets, and/or conducting event follow-up. This volunteer opportunity is perfect for students who need to complete service hours as part of their academic programs.
Time Commitment: Flexible depending on availability and program calendar, but programs typically occur on weekday afternoons/evenings (after-school time) / contingent on special event dates.
Support staff by helping with common office duties, which include but are not limited to, office organization, bulk mailings, scheduling, and document preparation.
Time Commitment: Flexible based on availability; LUCA’s regular office hours are Monday through Thursday 10 AM to 6 PM.