The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.


Volunteer and be a part of the “Community” in schools to help kids stay in school

Recruiting volunteers for Jump Start Reading to work with 3rd and 4th grade students 1 hour a week Feb – May to prepare for end of grade testing. Choose your school, day and time to  volunteer weekly.  One hour a week can boost a students reading confidence, comprehension and excitement for school.  Attend a volunteer interest meeting Jan 16 – 24 or contact Catherine Niebauer

Jump Start School Tutor Times:

Allen Jay Elementary      Any day 2:40—3:30

Fairview Elementary       Any day 2:00—2:45

Montlieu Elementary       T/W/TH/F  8:10—8:50 or M/T/TH/F  10:40—11:30

Northwood Elementary   M/T/W/TH  9:00—9:45, 12:10—12:55 or 1:45—2:30


Recruiting male mentors for new program Charting For Success to work with a middle or high school male student 1 hour a week Feb – May.  The national program uses Career/College mentors recruited by CIS to help 75 African-American males prepare for college, starting in 7th grade.  Their hope is that 98% of the students graduate high school and 85% go on to higher education.  Contact Catherine Niebauer for more information.

Volunteer Interest Meeting Times:

Tuesday, January 16           10:00 – 11:00 am                   Montlieu Elementary

Tuesday, January 23           5:00 – 6:00 pm                      HPU Steele Sports Center

Wednesday, January 24      1:15 – 2:00 pm                       Wesley Memorial UMC

Wednesday, January 31      10:00 – 11:00 am                    High Point Central High

Wednesday, January 31      11:30 am – 12:30 pm              Northwood Elementary

Thursday, February 1          12:00 – 1:00 pm                     Andrews High

Friday, February 2              12:00  – 1:00 pm                    Ferndale Middle


During the 2016-2017 school year Communities In Schools (CIS) of High Point 923 volunteers gave 21,580 hours of their time to serve students and our program at 12 school sites.  We are so appreciative of every single hour that a volunteer gives to assist a child!  Each volunteer is investing in a child, and as a result we are making sure that a child has a positive role model in which to look up to and learn from.

Becoming a CIS Volunteer is as easy as 1-2-3.  The FIRST STEP is registering with Guilford County Schools for a free background check at if you have a DMV# and Social Security#, if not we can discuss a supervised volunteer role. SECOND STEP is to attend a volunteer orientation session. Contact the Director of Volunteers to organize an orientation session at your organization or 1-on-1.  During the session volunteers select the school site, best day and time for volunteering, volunteer role and complete all the necessary volunteer paperwork.  THIRD STEP will be to visit and tour the school site selected, meet the CIS Site Coordinator and teacher/student you will be working.

Contact: Catherine Niebauer, Director of Volunteers 336-883-6434 x5

Volunteer Opportunities & Schools:

  • Breakfast Buddy (K-5)
  • Classroom Helper (K-12)
  • Lunch Buddy (K-12)
  • Mentor (K-12)
  • Bilingual Tutor/Mentor (K-12)
  • Tutor (K-12)
  • GrandPals Reading Together Tutor (2nd and 3rd grade Oct – May)
  • Jump Start Reading Tutor (3rd and 4th Grade Feb – May)
  • CIS Friend (Proctor tests, provide extra help at events or behind the scenes)

Elementary Schools – Allen Jay, Fairview, Montlieu and Northwood

Middle Schools – Ferndale and Welborn

High Schools – Andrews and Central