Volunteer at the Centro Hispano Marista

Would you help to fulfill the dreams of young families?

Centro Hispano Marista is dedicated to helping Dreamers, Hispanic immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.  GED Classes are held weekly Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9pm from September through May at the Marist High School campus to help individuals receive a high school diploma and enable work visas.  Over 700 have registered this past year but the demand from Dreamers, continues to grow at a rapid pace and there are more aspiring Dreamers than there are available teachers. The program is supported by Marist School but taught by volunteers. Spanish speaking college graduates are needed to teach Grammar, Math, Science and Social Studies. 

The program has tremendous impact on the lives of working young adult immigrants. For example, Fatima, the mother of 3 young children whose husband works 2 jobs, came in desperation after a traffic violation threatened her detention and deportation. The program not only enables her to remain legally in the U.S. with her family, and gain employment, but also allows her to become a better example for the future education of her children.

If you are interested in serving the Latino Community, you are welcome as a volunteer. We provide an educational environment for college students and professionals who would like to teach GED classes in Spanish. We also encourage high school students to help in a variety of activities including translation of academic material and videos, volunteer management, and help support our weekly classes.

Classroom Assistant Volunteers for Spanish GED

The objective of this service is assist young adult Hispanics and teachers as they work together toward securing high school GEDs.  Spanish GED is offered at Marist High School on Tuesday evenings from six to nine, in the cafeteria and Math hall.  Classroom Volunteers provide a welcoming and encouraging environment for young Hispanic adults seeking a high school GED.  The aim of the classroom volunteers is to aid the teachers and students, this could range from seeking information for teachers and students or tutoring one on one.  The Marist classroom assistant volunteers will need to speak and understand some Spanish.  The majority of the Hispanic students, and all of the teachers speak English, but the GED book is in Spanish.   The main focus of the volunteer is to foster an encouraging and loving  learning environment for the young adults.

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Sharing time and talents

On a weekly basis, students are serving students. Several Marist seniors, Jack Markwalter, Allison Fialkowski and Kaitlin Krouskos have been very welcoming and supportive to the Marist Hispanic students on a ongoing basis. It is interesting to note the spiritual growth process working through the students.

Marist senior Jack realizes that, "The GED program has really helped me to not only broaden my perspective on social justice, but also to appreciate what this country offers and what I have been given in my life. Each Thursday while volunteering, I witness the hard work of over three hundred individuals who would do almost anything to earn the right to stay in this great country, and this display has helped to motivate me to help those in need as well as take care of anything that I need to do in my life."