Clough Capital volunteers at the Healey School

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

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 jcapuano@k12.somerville.ma.us 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, February 2

6:30pm-8:30pm

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 

 

Volunteer Opportunities

Literacy

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 for all interested applicants. Available hours: any time 7:30am to 5:30pm.

English Language Learners

Support ESL students in the classroom or individually.  Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole or Indian language fluency preferred but not required.  Grades K-12. 

Mathematics

Grades 3-12. Volunteer math tutors serve before, during or after school, working 1:1 or in small groups to build math skills and confidence, and to share with students how you use math in your work and life.  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.  

Sciences

Sign up to be a community judge at a Science Fair, meet 1:1 and once a week to help a student ace their science course, volunteer for SAT prep, join STEM volunteers in SHS FabLab, or offer field trips to your workplace!  Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, and more.  

Maple Sugaring Project, Grade 2 (4 weeks only!)

Groundwork Somerville's Maple Syrup Project trains volunteers to offer four classes starting the week of January 30th. Volunteers lead Maple Sugaring themed lessons through Math, Science, Literature and History, 1.5 hours per week, for four consecutive weeks. All training, teaching materials and curriculum will be provided. Looking for enthusiastic people to help bring it to the classrooms. Fun, hands-on, and students remember this unit years later!  Email eli@groundworksomerville.org to get connected with a school and scheduling options.

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: volunteer@enrooteducation.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.        

After School and Out-of-School Time

Provide academic support, homework help, tutoring or help with an enrichment activity after school, Grades Pre-K-8, and 9-12.  Various subjects and according to your expertise. Technology, engineering, writing, music, visual arts, athletics, gardening and nutrition and more. Must be able to commit to 10 weeks, one hour a week.  

Musicians!

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. 

Artists!

All Somerville students participate in arts education through weekly visual arts instruction, in-class arts integration in classrooms, and through rich after school arts offerings. Bring your fiber arts, printing, pottery, bookbinding, cartooning, illustration, nature journaling, theater arts and more. Support an art teacher in a classroom, share a talent with a class, or matte and hang student work. Various schools, flexible hours.

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.

Media Specialist/Library/Computer Lab Aides

Help a school Media Specialist by sorting/organizing books; help students choose the right books; assist in a computer lab; all schools, flexible hours.

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 sought for weekly visits with elementary school classrooms, 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.

Swim Lesson Instructors, Assistants, Kennedy Pool

Do you like being around (and in!) water? Do you enjoy staying active and connecting with students outside the classroom? Every Somerville student takes swim and water safety lessons during their school day in Grade 4 at the  Kennedy Pool.. To sign up for a training and learn more, contact Director of Aquatics Rich Cheney: rcheney@k12.somerville.ma.us.

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. For details contact Volunteer Coordinator Melissa Viscovich MViscovich@k12.somerville.ma.us.

 

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!

School Events

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.  Our school community plans, hosts and attends a wide variety of events very year.  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 growing and harvesting in school gardens, nature investigative walks, Mystic River explorations and much more. To schedule a garden tour and get connected with your neighborhood school, contact Jess Bloomer, Groundwork Somerville:  Jess@groundworksomerville.org.    

Somerville Community Clothing Closet  

Seeking volunteers to ensure that this important community resource remains accessible to families in need. Sign up to help staff once or twice a month, Tuesdays or Thursdays, 12:30pm-3:15pm. No experience necessary.  Duties include: help keep room organized, remove empty hangers, rehang/fold clothes, and assist shoppers with finding clothing items. Gently used and clean donations, especially winter coats and boots accepted. Contact somervillecommunitycloset@gmail.com for more information.

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.

Food Distribution

Help sort donated food items for Somerville families.  Every first and third Tuesday of the month, anytime 11:00am-12:30pm. At Arthur D. Healey School, 5 Meacham St. For more information contact Healey's Family and Community Liaison: HCastro@k12.somerville.ma.us or Abby Luthin ALuthin@k12.somerville.ma.us.    

Youth Volunteers

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.