Participating in our religious exploration program as a teacher, mentor, chaperone or organizer is an excellent way to develop your own faith. Children and youth are natural spiritual guides. Come deepen your own understanding of Unitarian Universalism. We have something for everyone.
Each age group has two experienced lead teachers who plan the lessons and organize materials. A teaching team of 3 allows teachers to participate in Sunday services on a rotational basis. Lead teachers are typically in the classroom twice each month. We welcome teaching assistants as well, especially in the elementary classes.
You’ll be amazed at how delightful it is to see children’s unfolding moral development in the CYRE classroom. If you’ve never taught before, that’s OK; our experienced lead teachers will be on hand to guide the lessons.
We have services for all ages several times a year. Usually a potluck or fundraising lunch follows each Multigenerational Service. Volunteers to help with the services and the potlucks are needed.
Each week we provide a snack and drink for children during their lessons. The snack coordinator is responsible for bringing the snacks to the CYRE wing from the kitchen and setting things up for the classes. After CYRE classes, the volunteer cleans up the table and takes food and dishes back to the kitchen.
Organizers and Helpers for Volunteer-led Activities
We have several special events during the year led by volunteers. The Chili Cook-off, Chocolate Auction, Bake Sale, Easter Egg Hunt, Crafters’ Fair, and others are fun for the whole congregation. Some of these activities raise funds for our High School Youth to go on the Boston Heritage Trip every two years.
Each year we have various workdays to improve our buildings and grounds. These may include playground, landscaping, cleaning and/or CYRE wing painting.
We often need chaperones for special events, such as CONs at The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center, Social Action field trips, Youth Group outings or the Boston Heritage trip.
Our high school program includes mentors for youth. Mentors will have 2-3 special events with youth over the course of the year and check in regularly with youth to discuss the program and their lives in general. Studies show that youth are much more likely to remain in the UU faith and their church community if they have ties with adults in the congregation other than their parents.
All volunteers must be willing to sign an ethics agreement and undergo a background check.
Apply to Volunteer
Complete a Volunteer Application, available on the shelf outside the CYRE office or by emailing email@example.com.