Serve and Inspire with SPS!
Why Volunteer? Volunteers in schools leads to greater student achievement and self-confidence, better attendance, improved conversation skills and social relationships, and stronger community connections. As a volunteer with Somerville Public Schools, you will work with students, educators, parents and guardians, and community volunteers to enrich and expand student learning. Whether you have an hour a week or an hour a month, we'll work to match you with a rewarding volunteer experience.
RETURNING VOLUNTEERS, PARENTS AND GUARDIANS: Thank you for sharing your time and talents with SPS! Please remember to submit your CORI Form for the 2018-19 school year. CORIs may be submitted:
- Monday through Friday any time 7:30am-2:30pm through any Somerville Public School main office; OR
- at an SPS Volunteer Orientation.
CORI forms are available at all SPS main offices, please make sure to bring your photo ID. Please note that CORIs for volunteers are valid for one school year only, and must be renewed every school year.
WEEKLY VOLUNTEERS: Please review this Guide for procedures and best practices for volunteering.
Volunteers serving in our schools are valuable stakeholders in student learning, and in shaping and supporting the experiences we want students to have! Share what you'd like to see and see more of in the years to come in Somerville Public Schools by taking a survey and participating in an upcoming community meeting:
Somerville Learning 2030 Somerville Public Schools, the City of Somerville and community partners are working on a visioning campaign called Somerville Learning 2030, to learn about our community’s dreams, hopes, and priorities when it comes to learning experiences for youth. Somerville wants to hear about the kinds of learning experiences and opportunities you want for children and teens, throughout the day and across the city. What should Somerville prioritize over the next 10-15 years? We invite you to share what’s important to you by taking a brief survey (http://bit.ly/sl2030survey). The survey takes about 5-6 minutes to complete. You can also visit http://bit.ly/somervillelearning2030 for the most recent information about Somerville Learning 2030 or to download a hard copy of the survey to complete. The survey is available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese (Haitian Creole coming soon).
Fall 2018 Volunteering
Academic Support and Tutoring
Individual weekly tutoring and study skills support by qualified, caring community volunteers have shown to improve student academic achievement and generate more interest in the subject. Opportunities in Literacy, Mathematics, Languages, ESL, Sciences and more. Preference given to volunteers who can serve during school day hours or immediately after school (8:30am-2:30pm; 2:45pm-5:30pm). During the school year, before school (7:30am-8:05am) and aftter school hours are available for individualized tutoring and homework support at some elementary schools and Somerville High School.
After School Somerville High School Tutoring / Homework / Study Skills
Volunteers serve Tues, Wed or Thurs afternoons for tutoring, homework or study skills support, college essay writing, science projects help and more. Tues, Wed or Thurs 2:45pm-4:00pm or 4:00pm-5:00pm.
Community Volunteer Interpreters and Translators
Volunteer to assist with school communications and materials. Spanish, Portuguese or Haitian Creole language fluency preferred, other languages as needed. Evening hours available during the school year. New Interpreter Training required to ensure that all interpreters working with SPS understand the expectations of their services and the level of professional ethics and confidentiality required. To express interest contact Regina Bertholdo, Director, Parent Information Center, District Liaison for Homeless Students, Multilingual Services Coordinator, 617-629-5671 or email@example.com
Computer Scientists, Engineers, Innovators and Problem-Solvers!
Looking for ways to connect with our next generation of innovators? Help light the spark that will help make math matter and bring creativity to coding. Volunteers and STEM enthusiasts serve in and out of the classroom assisting with computer sciences pilots, after school clubs, STEM nights and Maker Space events, and as STEM career mentors.
Somerville High School Transition Classroom
SHS Transition Classroom is an initiative designed to prepare young adults for long-term success by providing community and work experience. Volunteers socialize, and provide mentoring and friendship to post-graduate students ages 18-22 years in transitioning to work, career and eductional opportunities. Community volunteers serve as internship or job mentor, tutor, host a mock interview to help students build professional skills, or accompany student for job transitioning.
Community volunteers lead Rise, Roar and Read, a joyful literacy games and conversation initiative for K-3 students. Choose Tues, Wed or Thurs, from 7:30am-8:05am (and it will fast become your favorite morning of the week!)
East Somerville Community School Morning Homework Club
Parent and community volunteers serve up learning and homework help, any morning Mon, Tues, Thurs or Fri, 7:30am-8:10am. Students in grades K-5 supported in literacy, mathematics, English Language and more.
Arthur D. Healey School
Community-Building volunteers welcomed to join in the following: Pond and Garden, Murals, Maker Space, Talent Show, Flash Mob/Dance, Percussion, Garage Band, PE Service and Sports, Drama, Bucket Drumming, Puppetry. Once/month on certain Wednesdays, any time 11-1.
Next Wave / Full Circle Career Mentors
Coding Elective Tuesdays! Computer Sciences volunteers welcomed for coding fun Tues afternoons, beginning November First and Last Fridays during the school year, Somerville's alternative Junior High and High School seeks volunteer career specialists to come speak with students about their work. First and last Fridays, 10:45am-11:10am.
Make music with students while supporting Somerville Public Schools' vibrant young music scene! Somerville schools offer free in-school instrument lessons, in-school music and music theory, chorus, and after school instruction and performance opportunities. Volunteers help in a weekly music class, provide string or wind lesson support, volunteer to perform at a school or district event, plan a music fundraiser, or tune a violin. Visit Music Department to learn more.
Launched in Fall, 2012, El Sistema is an after school music education program providing ensemble-based music instruction to third, fourth and fifth grade students. In addition to music instruction, students receive weekly academic support, cultural enrichment activities, field trips, and frequent public performance opps. Volunteers serve as music mentors, tutors, homework and academic aides, fundraiser and special events planners, and more.
Therapy Dog Teams
Volunteer therapy dog teams serve weekly or bi-weekly for visits with classrooms, individual counseling sessions, literacy events, and special pre- or post-testing events. Dog teams must be trained and certified through reputable organization and must meet all requirements for visits in a classroom environment. Connect with JCapuano@k12.someville.ma.us to get started.
Serving Lifelong Learning and 18+
SCALE provides adults opportunities to achieve their goals in a supportive, diverse, welcoming learning community through academic programming and guidance. Volunteers work alongside staff to support adult learners with basic reading, writing and math skills, English instruction for non-native speakers, or a high-school credential. Classes meet in the mornings, afternoons and evenings on weekdays. Visit SCALE to learn more.
Connecting through Community Service
Are you a company, group of friends or organization looking for fun ways to work together and support Somerville schools and families? Take a look below and find ways to serve and connect with community while having fun!
PTA Events / Math Nights / Game Nights / Literacy / Arts / STEM / Physical Improvement Projects. Community volunteers are encouraged to assist schools with hosting engaging, family-friendly events--on and off-site. School communities plan, host and attend a wide variety of events. Our doors are opened, come help at an event, bring a dish to share, offer a fun hands-on activity and connect with families and students. Choose a school or we'll connect you with a school in your neighborhood.
VillenTeers are our next generation of inspiring, active citizen volunteers. Youth ages 14-17 serve in elementary schools' after school programs helping with homework and fun activities, assist with evening family engagement events, coordinate game nights, organize book rooms, serve at a clothing donations center, paint playgrounds, help with fundraisers and serve as assistant coaches. Contact JCapuano@k12.somerville.ma.us to be matched!
Evening Volunteer Opportunities
Duhamel Education Initiative, supporting Somerville Public Schools since 1995
Do you want to support public education but can't serve during the school day? Are you tech savvy and social media friendly? Here's a great way to support Somerville educators and students using your tech, community outreach or fundraising skills. The Duhamel Education Initiative is an entirely volunteer-led not-for-profit Somerville organization that has been serving educators and students in Somerville since 1995. Their mission is to increase opportunities for at-risk youth, with a focus on students with low grades and/or attendance, lower motivation to stay in school, students with Special needs and English Language learners. The DEI has provided more than $60,000 in innovation grants to support at-risk youth and educational programming in Somerville Public Schools. With a core group of DEI volunteers (some in their 80’s and 90's!) their work has helped hundreds of at-risk Somerville youth. DEI is now seeking community volunteers who would like to get involved with an inspiring and dedicated group of education activists. Help update their website, create a Facebook page for their events or help with community fundraisers: your commitment could be one hour a month or more as you're able. Meetings are held every third Thursday of the month, from 7-9pm in the home of a DEI member. For more information or to express interest contact Larry Siraco firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come to the Table, any time 3pm-8pm
Volunteers needed the 4th Wednesday every month to help set up, prep or serve food, or host an activity for children. New faces always welcomed to join in helping and enjoying the meal. Next meals Wed, Oct 24 and Wed, Nov 28. For more info contact Volunteer Coordinator Erica Silva: email@example.com. Meals take place at Freedom Connexion, 149 Broadway, East Somerville.
Have ideas for how you'd like to volunteer with SPS? Let us know!
Email JCapuano@k12.somerville.ma.us or call 617-629-5475. Usual office hours: Tues, Thurs, Fri 8am-2:30pm.