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. CORI requests may be submitted:
- Monday through Friday, 7:30am-2:30pm through any Somerville Public Elementary School main office;
- Monday through Friday, 7:30am-3:00pm at the Parent Information Center main office, 42 Prescott St.;
- at an SPS Volunteer Orientation; or
- SPS Volunteer Office, 42 Prescott St., Room 13 by appointment.
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.
All Volunteers: Thank you for reviewing this Guide for procedures and best practices for volunteering with Somerville Public Schools.
Volunteer Shout Out
Selected Volunteer Opportunities, January-March
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 and after school hours available for individualized tutoring and projects 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 also available during school year. New Interpreter Training required to ensure that all interpreters working with SPS understand expectations of their services and the level of professional ethics and confidentiality required. To learn about the next Interpreters Orientation Training Session contact Regina Bertholdo RBertholdo@k12.somerville.ma.us.
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 educational opportunities. Community volunteers serve as internship or job mentors, tutors, host mock interviews to help students build professional skills, or accompany students for job transitioning.
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. To be matched with an educator, classroom or after school program contact JCapuano@k12.somerville.ma.us.
Volunteer Coders: Computer Sciences volunteer welcomed for coding Tues afternoons, 1:30pm-2:30pm. Scratch, Lego Mindstorms ® and maybe Arduino. At Next Wave/Full Circle, 8 Bonair St.
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. This program hopes to relaunch in January, 2019.
East Somerville Community School Morning Homework Club
Parent and community volunteers serve up reading support and homework help before school in this joyful space, initiated by ESCS parent volunteers. Volunteers sign up for one morning/week, any day M-F, 7:30am-8:10am.
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 volunteer welcomed for coding Tues afternoons, 1:30pm-2:30pm. Scratch, Lego Mindstorms ® and maybe Arduino.
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
Initiated in 2011 by the SPS Volunteer Program, therapy dog teams serve weekly or twice monthly for visits with classrooms, individual reading or counseling sessions, or at school-based events. Dog teams must be trained and certified through reputable organization and must meet all requirements for visits in a classroom environment. For more information contact JCapuano@k12.somerville.ma.us.
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.
Parent English Classes
Tues or Thurs, 9am-11:30am, Freedom Connexion, 149 Broadway
Want to meet some inspiring Somerville parents while connecting around language learning? Volunteers welcomed to help with multi-leveled English class, no second language required but Spanish or Portuguese proficiency helpful. Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 9am-11:30am, through June.
Parent English Classes are made possible through a collaboration of the Somerville Family Learning Collaborative (SFLC), the Family and Community Engagement Office of SPS and the Welcome Project.
For more info contact Maura Mendoza Quiroz, Language & Leadership Liaison, Somerville Family Learning Collaborative (SFLC), 617-625-6600 ×6958 or email@example.com.
You(th) are our next generation of inspiring, active citizen volunteers! Teens 14-17 serve in elementary schools' after school programs as homework or reading buddies and helping with fun enrichment activities. Teens also raise awareness and funds for causes they believe in; assist with evening family engagement events; coordinate game nights; organize book rooms; serve as music mentors; volunteer at a clothing donations center; paint playgrounds; serve as assistant coaches and much more. To be matched with a Somerville Public School After School Program contact JCapuano@k12.somerville.ma.us or call 617-629-5475. Visit Somerville's Teen Hub for further information about local volunteer opportunities for teens.
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: December 26, January 23, February 27, March 27, April 24. 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.