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.
Featured below are some interviews and stories from active weekly SPS Volunteers. Enjoy!
Select Volunteer Opportunities, April through June
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.
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.
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 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.
Community volunteers are matched for one-to-one fun and academic support, boosting literacy, English Language learning and math skills. Before, during and after school hours available.
East Somerville Community School Morning Homework Club
Parent and community volunteers serve up reading and homework fun before school in this joyful space, initiated by ESCS parent volunteers. Volunteers serve one morning a week, any day M-F 7:30am-8:10am.
East Somerville Community School Literacy and Languages
Do you love sharing, reading and talking about great children's literature? Serve in a classroom or be matched with a Grades 1-2 student for one-to-one reading. One hour a week or more, school day and after school hours available.
Arthur D. Healey School
Teach Yoga and Mindfullness After School class this Spring one afternoon a week, grades 3-5. Contact Healey After School Site Coordinator Tamar Dalce TDalce@k12.somerville.ma.us to schedule.
Next Wave / Full Circle
Design and Build Class integrates math, engineering and design in hands-on class. Engineers welcomed! Contact Julia Dahlin for more information JDahlin@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.
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 opportunities. Volunteers serve as music mentors, tutors, homework and academic aides, fundraiser and special events planners and more. Hours M-F, 2:45pm-5:30pm, volunteers may serve one hour/week or more, at East Somerville Community School. Contact El Sistema Director Juliana Perez JPerez@k12.somerville.ma.us or call 617-625-6600 ext. 3716 for more information.
Therapy Dog Teams
Initiated in 2011 by the SPS Volunteer Program and with eleven teams now serving regularly, trained and certified Therapy Dog Teams provide consistent social and emotional supports to students and staff. Therapy Teams are matched with educators and counselors for weekly or monthly classroom visits, as Reading Partners for individual reading, and serve during counseling sessions. Dog teams are screened prior to placement, all teams must be trained and certified through reputable organization and meet all requirements for visits in a school or classroom environment. For training and certification resources or to arrange a screening, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
School Community Events
PTA Events / SFLC Events / Math Nights / Game Nights / Literacy and Author Visits / Arts / STEM / Physical Improvement Projects. Parent and 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 year-round. 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 Maura Mendoza Quiroz.
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 email email@example.com or call 617-629-5475. Visit Somerville's Teen Hub for further information about local volunteer opportunities for teens.