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.
NEW TO SOMERVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS? If you are interested in serving regularly, please take a moment to self-register as an SPS Volunteer here and join us at the next Volunteer Orientation. Contact SPS Volunteer Coordinator Jen Capuano email@example.com to learn more.
RETURNING VOLUNTEERS, PARENTS AND GUARDIANS: Thank you for sharing your time and talents with SPS! Please submit your CORI form for the 2017-2018 school year. CORIs may be submitted beginning August 28 any of the following ways:
Monday through Friday, 7:30am-3:00pm through any Somerville Public School main office; through your child's homeroom teacher; any day M-F 7:30am-3:00pm through the Parent Information Center; at a district Volunteer Orientation (see next date below); OR by appointment by calling 617-629-5475 or JCapuano@k12.somerville.ma.us.
ALL VOLUNTEERS: Please review Volunteer Guidelines before getting started.
Serve and Inspire: Next Volunteer Orientation
Thursday, October 26
Join us to learn about Somerville's schools and how volunteers support learning. RSVP requested: JCapuano@k12.somerville.ma.us or call 617.629.5475.
Fall 2017 Volunteer Opportunities
Join a growing volunteer literacy corps to work individually with students or in small groups to build early reading skills and assist students in becoming independent, joyful readers (Pre-K- Grade 3). Required commitment of at least 40 minutes per week for four months. Literacy Training provided. Available hours: before, during, or after school 7:30am-5:30pm.
English Language Learning
Serve in a classroom or be matched with a student for individual specialized instruction and support. Training for some volunteer positions required. Spanish, Portuguese or Haitian Creole fluency preferred but not required for some volunteer roles. Grades Pre-K-12.
Community Interpreter / Translator
Volunteer to assist with communications among staff, families and students. Spanish, Portuguese or Haitian Creole language fluency preferred, other languages as needed. Grades Pre-K-12. Next 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 RBertholdo@k12.somerville.ma.us.
How a student feels about their mathematics work can correlate with higher achievement.* Volunteer math tutors serve before, during or after school to build math skills, confidence, and share joy of mathematics. Requirements: enthusiastic, positive and some college mathematics, at least 45 minutes a week for four months. Available hours: 7:30am-5:30pm Grades 3-8; 7:00am-7:55am for early risers at Somerville High School; 6:30pm-7:30pm SHS.
Serve as a community Science Fair judge, work 1:1 to help a student with their science course, offer guest hands-on presentations/speaking to classrooms; share science as a career panelist; offer field trips or job shadow to your workplace, code with kids after school! Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Computer Sciences, Oceanography and more.
Career Workshops, Mentoring
Engage with high school or middle grades students through visits to your work environment, offer an internship, serve as a career panelist for a school-based career workshop, and/or sign up to be listed in the SPS Workplace Mentoring Directory when you self-register here and select 'Career Explorations.'
Mentor a High School Student
Enroot is a community-based nonprofit with a mission to empower immigrant youth to achieve academic, career, and personal success through inspiring out-of-school experiences. Enroot is leading a pilot program in Somerville and looking for reliable, caring volunteers to work with Somerville ELL students. See about Enroot.. Visit website for more information, or fill out volunteer application to get involved. Questions? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next Wave / Full Circle Career Mentors
First and Last Fridays! 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. Contact Ted O'Brien to schedule your visit: EObrien@k12.somerville.ma.us.
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.
El Sistema Somerville!
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. Visit El Sistema's webpage to learn more.
Therapy Dog Teams
Volunteer therapy dog teams serve weekly or bi-weekly for visits with classrooms, student counseling sessions, special events, or during testing seasons. Dog teams must be trained and certified through Dog B.O.N.E.S. or reputable organization, and must meet all requirements for visits in a classroom environment. Email JCapuano@k12.somerville.ma.us for more information.
Ample, unstructured and specifically outdoor play for young children is critically important for their social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. Volunteers provide recess support to help monitor unstructured play and facilitate games and activities. Grades Pre-K through Grade 6. Orientation and training provided. Email JCapuano@k12.somerville.ma.us for more information.
Lunchpals / Lunchtime Gardeners
Consider having lunch with students and then share your knowledge of growing and harvesting food in their school garden. Help bring more hands-on, self-directed and unexpected moments of learning in an outdoor classrom. Any time 10:45am-12:30pm, orientation, some training and some mobility requirements.
Parent Support Group
Experienced parents and/or individuals with clinical work experience sought for weekly support group for parents with children ages 0-12 mos. Group meets Fridays 11:00am-1:30pm, at Cummings School (42 Prescott St.), and is facilitated by Amy Bamforth, LICSW. Contact Amy for more information: ABamforth@comcast.net.
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. Visit SCALE to learn more.
Community Service Projects
Are you a company, group of friends or organization looking for fun ways to work together and support our schools and families? Take a look below and find ways to serve your community while having fun!
PTA Events / Math Nights / Game Nights / Literacy / Arts & Musical Performances! 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, or come connect with families. Choose a school or we'll connect you with the school in your neighborhood.
School Gardens & Outdoor Stewards
Help students discover the great outdoors right outside their classroom. Volunteers assist with hands-on learning in schools' outdoor living laboratories. Help maintain school gardens, offer a hands-on science lesson, help classrooms germinate seeds and grow seedlings, or join a summer garden watering brigade. To connect with your neighborhood school garden, contact Jess Bloomer at Groundwork Somerville:Jess@groundworksomerville.org.
Handy with a paintbrush or a rake? Assist with ongoing schoolyard, classroom and building beautification efforts. Contact JCapuano@k12.somerville.ma.us for more info.
Are you a student looking for community service opportunities (with or without an adult)? Check out some other great places to serve and inspire:
Volunteer Opportunities for 12-18 year olds.
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.