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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. 

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 617-629-5475. 

Serve and Inspire Summer Volunteer Orientation

Thursday, June 14 from 6:00pm-8:00pm, 42 Prescott St., Somerville.

Come learn how community volunteers serve and inspire student learning.

RSVP requested: JCapuano@k12.somerville.ma.us  or call 617.629.5475

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 and more.

Outside the Classroom Opportunities

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, Tues evenings; 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. Email JCapuano@k12.somerville.ma.us to sign up.  

STEAM Career Week and Fair

Come share why you do what you do!  Two ways to help ignite our next generation of innovators:  
Tuesday, May 29 any time 8:30am-2:30pm, John F. Kennedy School.   Volunteers working in STEAM fields invited to classrooms share info about your STEAM career.  FBroekman@k12.somerville.ma.us
Thursday, May 31 from 12:30-2:30pm, Kennedy School.   If you build, tinker, invent, innovate or problem-solve, sign up to share why you do what you do here, contact Lindsey Tosches LTosches@k12.somerville.ma.us for more information.

Gardens-Based Learning

Capuano Early Childhood Education Center, Monday May 14 from 9am-11am; Monday June 11 from 9am-11am; Monday June 18.
Help bring the power of play and the joy of discovery by working with students in school gardens.  Tools, supplies and community growing sites provided!  JCapuano@k12.somerville.ma.us.

Do You Have One Hour a Week?

Tutoring, Academic Assistance 

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, ESL and more.  Preference given to volunteers who can serve during school day hours or immediately after school (8:30am-2:30pm; 2:45pm-4:30pm).  Some before school hours available for individualized tutoring and homework support: East Somerville Community, Healey, Winter Hill and Argenziano Schools.     

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, individual counseling sessions, literacy events, and special pre- or post-testing events.  Dog teams must be trained and certified through reputable organization and must meet all requirements for visits in a classroom environment. 

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. 

Adult 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. 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 Events

PTA Events  / Math Nights / Game Nights / Literacy / Arts / STEM and beyond.  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 a school in your neighborhood.   

VillenTeers!

VillenTeers are our next generation of inspiring, active citizen volunteers. Youth ages 14-17 serve in elementary schools' after school programs helping with homework and fun activities, assist with schools' evening family engagement events, coordinate game nights, organize book rooms, science labs, or clothes in clothing donations center, paint playgrounds, 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.