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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. 

Getting Started

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 jcapuano@k12.somerville.ma.us 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 any of the following ways:

Monday through Friday, 7:30am-2:30pm through any Somerville Public School main office; at 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, January 18, 2018

6:00pm-8:00pm

East Somerville Community School

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.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Literacy

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). Minimum commitment of 40 minutes/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 ESL 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.

Sciences

Share how you use science in your professional and personal life. Serve as a community Science Fair judge, provide 1:1 tutoring and in-class support, offer hands-on STEM activities.  Share science as a career panelist or mentor, offer field trips and internships at your workplace. Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Computer Sciences, Oceanography, STEM and more.  

Mathematics

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 required for high school tutoring; 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.  Accelerated math program volunteer oppportunities as well, by school request. 

* Project for the Analysis of Learning and Achievement in Mathematics

Short-term Opportunities

Hour of Code!

It's all happening week of Dec 4-10!  Computer sciences concepts and digital technologies are increasingly relevant and necessary for today and tomorrow's work force. Join educators, tech partners, parents and community volunteers to expand computer programming to more than 4,500 Somerville students. Somerville Public Schools won a Mass Technology Leadership Council Leadership Award last year for its participation in this world-wide event. No experience necessary, you may select any school or be matched with a school as needed, one hour or more as you're able. Thank you for inspiring our next generation of computer scientists, tech users, shapers and innovators!  Please register here.    

Evening Playdates with Parents!

Volunteers help create a stimulating and safe place for students to play and converse while parents meet together with staff. Once a month only, some experience working with elementary grades preferred, including interest and experience working with students with special needs. Winter Hill Community Innovation School, 115 Sycamore St., Next Playdate: Tues, Dec 12 from 5:30pm-7:00pm.  Email JCapuano@k12.somerville.ma.us to sign up.  

Maple Syrup Project, Groundwork Somerville

Now in its 10th year, this 4-week unit integrates literacy, history, and hands-on environmental science and mathematics to offer theme-based learning to all Grade 2 classrooms. Trained volunteer teachers lead lessons about tree anatomy and health, weather, maple sugaring history and folklore, using authentic tools and equipment. Starting week of January 29, 1.5 hrs per week for 4 weeks only, culminating in off-site field trip for maple sugaring boil down.  Email josia@groundworksomerville.org for scheduling and more information. 

Ongoing Opportunities

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 Sciences, Mathematics, Languages, College Applications, ESL and more.  By staff and at Somerville High School, student request.  Preference given to volunteers who can serve during school day hours or immediately after school (8:30am-2:30pm; 2:45pm-4:30pm).  Evenings available per student request and commitment.    

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.        

Musicians!

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 reputable organization and must meet all requirements for visits in a classroom environment. 

Outdoor Recess Rockstars

Ample, unstructured and specifically outdoor play and exposure to nature are critically important for children's cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. Volunteers are encouraged to provide recess support to help monitor unstructured play, or facilitate games and activities. Grades Pre-K through Grade 6. Orientation and training provided. Before-school recreation activities also welcomes volunteer support, 7:15am-7:55am, most elementary schools.   

Lunchpals / Lunchtime Gardeners

Consider having lunch with students and then share your knowledge of growing and harvesting food in their school garden. Help expand 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.

Evening Volunteering

SCALE (Somerville Center for Adult Learning Experiences)

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. 

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 Events

PTA Events  / Math Nights / Game Nights / Literacy / Arts.   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.   

VillenTeers!

VillenTeers are our next generation of inspiring, active citizen volunteers. Youth ages 14-17 serve in after school programs helping with homework and fun activities, assist with schools' evening family engagement events, coordinate game nights, help with fundraisers and serve as assistant coaches. Orientation and training required for some roles. 

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.