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Everest Academy is a ministry of Everest Family Church in Hayden. We offer freedom along with quality resources, information, activities and support to those homeschooling in Alabama. We believe that the parent has the best interests of their children at heart. We believe that the parent is the first and only teacher that a child needs. In keeping with this philosophy, we wish to be a very hands-off church "cover" school and allow the parent to lead and guide their children in the direction and at the pace they feel is best suited to their children. We ask only for what the law requires while offering support along with quality resources to aid families in their efforts.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunties!!!
Debbi - Can you please forward this to the Everest group or include it in your next newsletter? I wanted to share an opportunity that some of the teens or moms might be interested in. My family has recently gotten involved with the Discovery Clubs of Alabama. This organization provides an opportunity to share Jesus with kids in public schools all through out Jefferson county. The Discovery Clubs conduct an after school bible club in 100 schools in the Birmingham area. Volunteers can serve as little as 2 hours per week (one club meeting) or choose to get more involved and help with multiple clubs. It's a great opportunity to share the love of Jesus, to share God's love with kids who may not attend church or ever hear God's word, to show love to a child who is hungry for positive attention. I'm including a link to their website below. Training for volunteers begins in August so it's not too late to get involved for the upcoming school year!

To serve as a volunteer, you must be at least 16 years old so I thought this would be a great opportunity for some of the teens in our home school group. Also, moms who may want to get involved but have kids younger than 16 are also welcome and can bring their children along with them when they serve! I have been assured that my twin 10 year old daughters are more than welcome to come along with me when I perform my volunteer duties.

I hope some of you will prayerfully consider this opportunity to share God's love in the public schools with children who so desperately need to hear it!

Birmingham Museum of Art Volunteer Opportunity - This program enables 14 - 19 years olds to experience the diverse world of the Birmingham Museum of Art. During the year, Teen Volunteers have the opportunity to volunteer as Gallery Attendants, Family Day Assistants or as Special Events Assistants. Contact Kristen Greenwood at kpgreenwood@artsbma.org or call (205)254-2571.

Serve the Homeless Volunteer Opportunity for Teens - Agape in Pinson has partnered with a ministry called THE NEST for several years now.  It is a non-profit non denominational ministry that cooks and provides meals for Birmingham's homeless community.  They serve a hot meal every Tuesday and Thursday evenings and possibly Sundays as well downtown between the BJCC and Boutwell under the bridge.  They need help serving food and collecting and handing out blankets and gloves.  For more information, please contact Hal Wycoff  at 205-680-6599.  Thanks Sue!

Birmingham Botanical Gardens Volunteer Orientation - Learn about The Gardens and ways you can volunteer to support Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Orientations are for current and potential volunteers and take place from noon - 1:00 p.m. in the upstairs East Room of The Garden Center at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Volunteer orientations take place the third Tuesday of the month: August 21 & September 18. For more information visit call (205) 414-3962.

Children's Hospital Birmingham Volunteer Program - The goals of the program are to introduce teens to the world of work, health careers and a large complex health system.  These goals are achieved by the selection process, service placement of the teen, and by being a part of the larger health system team.  Volunteer Program  Thanks for the info Nikki!

UAB Health Services Volunteer Program - Do you have an interest in working in a Hospital setting or learning more about hospitals? Do you want to meet other teens while helping others? If so, the Teen Volunteer Program is exactly for you. The Teen Volunteer Program (TAV) is a summer program running from June to early August and gives teens the opportunity to do something meaningful with their summer and also experience many exciting careers in healthcare. Not only do the volunteers get to work in many areas of UAB Hospital, they also have tours and presentations that will highlight different opportunities in healthcare. The teens will get to interact with many other students from all over the Birmingham area and make many new friends. Volunteer Program
Brookwood Medical Center Volunteer Program - The Department of Volunteer Services assists the hospital in the delivery of health care.  This is done by recruiting and retaining competent volunteers to augment and expand the services of the hospital.  Brookwood Medical Center's volunteers give freely of their time, talents, energy and skills to provide special services to patients and visitors.  Volunteer Program

AmeriCorps -  AmeriCorps is your chance to put your ideas into action while learning new skills, making new connections, and earning money for college AmeriCorps

The Youth Volunteer Corps of Huntsville/Madison County  They have a catalog of volunteer jobs that typically last a few hours for one or two days. This is for ages 12+. My daughter has really enjoyed this because it is not a long-term commitment and she has a chance to try a number of different jobs during the course of a few months.  Their website is: www.volunteerhsv.org 

Check Out These Opportunities!
Listed below are other volunteer activities you might want to give a try!  If you have a good idea for a volunteer activity, please let us know.
  • Alabama Red Cross
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Heart Association
  • American Lung Association/Asthma
  • Big Brothers-Big Sisters
  • Boy Scout Projects
  • Girl Scout Projects
  • Brookwood Hospital
  • Children’s Hospital
  • Church Mission Projects
  • City Stages
  • Exceptional Foundation in Homewood - This wonderful organization needs volunteers to be a friend to children, youth and young adults who participate in their programs.  There are afternoon and weekend opportunities.  Check out their many opportunities on their website at  www.exceptionalfoundation.org/volunteers.shtml.  
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Humane Society
  • Jesse’s Place
  • Jimmie Hale Mission
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • Libraries
  • McWane Center
  • Medical Center East Hospital
  • Mercedes Marathon
  • Museum of Art
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Ruffner Mountain
  • St. Vincent’s Hospital
  • Salvation Army
  • School Clean-Up Projects
  • Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure
  • SVHS Club Service Activities
  • Toys for Tots
  • UAB Hospitals
  • United Way
  • Urban Ministries
  • YWCA - Birmingham's YWCA needs your help with several programs: Tutoring on Tuesdays, After School Enrichment Program, My Sister's Closet, or Santa's Workshop.  Visit their website at www.ywcabham.org/opportunities/volunteer.asp.

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All activities listed are open to all Alabama homeschoolers regardless of church school affiliation.  Some activities are homeschool specific, and some are offered to the general public.  Please note that these activities are not sponsored or organized by Everest Academy unless specifically noted.  If you have questions concerning one of these activities, please forward your questions to the contact listed.  If you would like to add a resource or if you find a broken link, please contact the Everest Academy webmaster