Learning goes beyond the walls of Tillotson and into the community. Students have real-world opportunities to continue to practice employability skills all while giving back to the community. High school students engage in hands-on experiences in a variety of locations, focusing on communication and interpersonal skills. Some of our community partners include:
We have been so thrilled to engage in a very rewarding partnership with ACLD Tillotson School for many years now. All participants - students, teachers, and library staff alike - benefit greatly from the volunteer work that the students complete while here. It's always uplifting to observe ACLD Tillotson School staff expertly guiding students to develop work skills through patience, humor, and clear and gentle direction, and it's inspiring to watch students grow into independent workers over the arc of their stint at the library. We deeply appreciate the help provided by the teachers and students and look forward to a continued partnership in the future.
-Tracy O’Neill: Manger, Library Services
Cole is doing an amazing job at the library! He starts each day with a positive attitude and a smile. I’m impressed by his ability to consistently deliver high quality work. We truly appreciate the extra help in keeping the children’s area neat and clean! It has been a pleasure partnering with you all of these years.
-Denise Ignasky, Children’s Librarian
Brentwood Meals on Wheels
While at Meals on Wheels, student volunteers are responsible for filling brown bag lunches for nearly 50 recipients. They are required to practice safe handling of food, take direction from volunteer coordinators and work as part of a team of volunteers.
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
While at the food bank, student volunteers are assigned a variety of multi-step tasks involving food handling and packing. Tasks include packing boxes with a set of items on an assembly line, weighing and bagging items, sorting items for proper packaging. Students are required to work as part of a team of volunteers, follow directions of a warehouse employee, practice safe handling of food as well as safety within a working warehouse.