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.
To get started, 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.
PARENTS AND GUARDIANS: Thank you for sharing your time and talents with SPS! Please submit your CORI form for this school year. CORIs may be submitted through any Elementary Somerville Public School Monday through Friday, 7:30am-2:30pm, through the Parent Information Center 7:30am-3:00pm Mon-Fri, at a district Volunteer Orientation, OR by appointment by calling 617-629-5475 or JCapuano@k12.somerville.ma.us.
Please review Volunteer Guidelines before getting started.
Next SPS Volunteer Orientation
Thursday, March 2
EAST SOMERVILLE COMMUNITY SCHOOL, 50 CROSS ST., SOMERVILLE
If you are new to volunteering with SPS, please join us to learn about volunteering, be matched with a volunteer opportunity, and submit your CORI. RSVP requested: JCapuano@k12.somerville.ma.us or call 617.629.5475.
Connect with us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SomervilleSchoolsVolunteers
Join a growing trained volunteer literacy corps to work one-on-one or in small groups to help students become independent, strategic readers. Grades K-6. Required commitment of at least one half hour per week for four months. Balanced Literacy Training strongly recommended and provided to interested applicants. Available hours: before-school, during and after, 7:30am-5:30pm. Minimum requirement one hour per week.
English Language Learning
Serve 1:1 working with ESL student in the classroom or individual; Serve after school with a conversation group; Volunteer as a Community Interpreter or Translator. Training for some roles required. Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole or Indian language fluency preferred but not required for some volunteer positions. Grades Pre-K-12.
Grades 3-12. Volunteer math tutors serve before, during or after school, working 1:1 or with not more than three students to build math skills and confidence, and to share with students how mathematics applies to your work. Required commitment of at least 45 minutes a week for four months. Available hours: 7:30am-5:30pm Grades 3-8 and 7:00am-7:55am for early risers at Somerville High School.
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, Computer Sciences, Oceanography and more.
Career Workshops, Internships, Experiential Learning Professionals
Engage with high school students through visits to your work environment, offer an internship, or serve as a Career panelist for a school-based career workshop. Select 'Career Explorations' when you self-register here.
Mentor or Tutor 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.
Somerville's schools offer free instrument lessons, music lessons, chorus, and after school instruction and performance opportunities to all Somerville students. Make music with students while supporting Somerville's vibrant young music scene! 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.
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.
Therapy Dog Teams
Volunteer therapy dog teams serve weekly or bi-weekly for visits with classrooms, student counseling sessions, special events, and during testing season. Dog teams must be trained and certified through Dog B.O.N.E.S. or other reputable organization, and must meet all requirements for visits in a classroom environment. Email JCapuano@k12.somerville.ma.us for more information.
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 welcomed to assist with hands-on learning in schools' outdoor living laboratories. Serve as an Urban Ag Ambassador (free urban ag training!), help classrooms germinate seeds and grow seedlings, or join a summer school garden watering brigade. To connect with your neighborhood school garden, contact Jess Bloomer, Groundwork Somerville:Jess@groundworksomerville.org.
Schoolyard Cleanups, Playground Painting and Sustainable Landscaping
Assist with ongoing schoolyard and classroom beautification efforts. Help paint a playground, or assist with schoolyard 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.