Serve and Inspire with SPS! 

Why Volunteer? 

Volunteers in schools leads to greater student achievement and self-confidence, improved conversation skills and social relationships, and better attendance.

Schools that place volunteers most effectively are able to provide increased individual attention for students, extra hands-on projects and lesson extensions, and develop stronger ties with the community.

As a SPS Volunteer, you'll meet some great students and educators, while gaining valuable skills and perspective.

Help expand community engagement to every school and every classroom.


To get started self-register here:

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Seize the Summer!

Academic, Language, English Language Learning support, Special Education, Music, Theater Arts, Athletics and Outdoor Explorations Programs are accepting volunteers this Summer.  Pick your passion and we'll match you with a program for a rewarding experience. or 617.629.5475 


Summer Volunteer Opportunities


Secondary Summer School Somerville High School is offering two summer school sessions, subjects include English, History, Mathematics, Sciences, Health and Physical Education. 

Volunteers:  Individual tutoring designed to help students learn content via online learning system.  Volunteer for one or more sessions per week, subject experience required.

Schedule: July 5 – July 29, Monday – Friday, 8:30am-10:30am and 10:40am-12:40pm.

Location:  Somerville High School, 81 Highland Ave

Coordinator:  Patricia Murphy-Sheehy


SPELL:  Secondary ELL Summer Program SPELL offers English Language development, enrichment, and academic support to ELL students in Grades 9-12. 

Volunteers  help with literacy, writing, mathematics, cooperative games and theater arts.  Language ability in English plus either one or more languages preferred but not required: Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, French, Russian, Indian Languages.

Schedule: July 5 – July 29, Monday – Friday, 10:00am–1:00pm

Location:  Somerville High School, 81 Highland Ave

Coordinator: Nancy Macias-Smith


Summer Special Education Recreation Program

Students ages 10-22 with a range of disabilities participate in a variety of sports, crafts, recreation and field trips.Students adore meeting new people and trying new skills.

Volunteers work with a Special Education teacher, School Recreation Specialist and/or Para-Professional who know the students.  Volunteers may also plan and help out with fun programming as their availability allows.

Schedule:  July 5 July 29 Monday through Friday, 8:30am-1:30pm.

Location:  John F. Kennedy School, 5 Cherry St. 

Coordinator:  Kathy Houghton: 617-625-6600 x6815.


SAFE Summer School, SHS

SAFE @SHS is designed to support high school students with some interrupted formal education.
Volunteers  work with students one-on-one and in small groups in mathematics, sciences and for conversation.  Spanish fluency is preferred. 

Schedule: July 5 – July 29  Monday through Friday, 8:00am-1:00pm

Location:  Somerville High School, 81 Highland Ave 

Coordinator:  Nancy Macias-Smith


Elementary Summer School

The Elementary Summer School Program is a free SPS program for Grades 1-7 students.  It is designed to improve student performance by helping students achieve grade level standards in a positive, encouraging setting where students’ individual needs can be addressed and supported.

Volunteers  Specializing in Mathematics, English Language Arts or hands-on arts projects.  The minimum requirement for this program is 3 sessions per week.  

Schedule: July 5 – July 29.  Monday through Friday, 7:30am-1:00pm

Location: Winter Hill Community Innovation School, 115 Sycamore St.

Coordinator:  Christopher Ames:


SPELL: Summer  Elementary ELL

The Elementary Summer SPELL program offers English language development, enrichment and academic support to ELL students in Grades K-8. 

Volunteers  Help with literacy, writing, mathematics, physical education, arts or cooperative games. Language ability in English plus one or more languages preferred but not required:  Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, French, Russian, Indian Languages.  The minimum requirement for this program is two sessions per week.  

Schedule: July 5 – July 29.  Monday through Friday, 7:30am-1:00pm

Location:  East Somerville Community School, 50 Cross St.

Coordinator:  Dolores Porziella:


Summer Community Volunteer Opps in the 'Ville!

Urban Agriculture, School Gardens, Groundwork Somerville Join a school garden team to help water, learn from community gardeners, and maybe even share some produce!   Jess Bloomer, Groundwork Somerville,

Summer Events Support
Somerville Arts Council

Family Fun Day: Sat., June 25th (12-4pm), Trum Field

Fireworks: Thur., June 30th (6-10pm), Trum Field

ArtBeat: Fri., July 15th (6-10pm) and Sat., July 16th (11am-6pm), Davis Square

Haiti and Brazil hit the 'Ville: Sun, July 24th (1-4pm), Union Square

Ignite International Street Food and Fire Fest: Sat., August 13th (6-10pm), Union Square

SomerStreets Seize the Summer!:  Sun., Aug. 21st, (2-6pm) Holland St. Davis to Teele Sq.


 January 13, 2016 Volunteer Orientation Welcomes new SPS Volunteers!


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Weekly Argenziano School Volunteer Ainsley Losh plays literacy games with students before school before heading to work. Here students play a vocabulary-building game Ainsley developed for these special mornings (complete with chocolate markers!) 

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Argenziano School Volunteer and retired transportation planner Jim Gallagher has been volunteering twice a week for six years at the school, assisting with Grades 7/8 Mathematics. 'Having Jim here every week has really opened up all kinds of instructional opportunities for us,' says Jonathan Killeen. 'His being here makes it possible for us to offer more individualized attention and support.' 

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SHS Community Service Club members partnered with Commonwealth High School as part of its annual Supermarket Drive to support a local organization. This year, student and teacher volunteers raised donations to support Our Place, a homeless children's day care in Cambridge. 

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Tufts students and members of Delta Tau Delta volunteer at Pi Night 2016 at the East Somerville Community School.  Tufts DTD students have tutored, volunteered with Somerville after school programs, and painted at the SFLC clothing donations center.   

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SPS Volunteers Making a Difference!

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Volunteer pavement painters and DPW supplies help pave the way for students to get active outside.  Five school playgrounds were painted with SPS Volunteers this school year. A running/walking track, soccer court, gridirons, stepping stones, 4-square, insects and a rocketship hopscotch turn pavement into excitement.

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Harvard College's Ocean Sciences Club volunteers have provided 16 ocean sciences presentations to Somerville classes.  Brothers Emiliano and Alvaro Valle developed interactive presentations across grades tailored to science curriculum.  Teachers choose which presentations they want: from ABCs of Oceanography to Physics of tsunamis, with some offered in Spanish.

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Thank you Building Impact, TUGG (Technology Underwriting the Greater Good) and Constant Contact Volunteers!

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Screen Actors' Guild BookPALS Volunteer and actress Paula Plum brings The Vingananee and the Tree Toad to life at the Winter Hill Community Innovation School.  Seven BookPALS serve weekly with Somerville Public Schools. 

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Catholic Charities Foster Grandparent Volunteer Daisy Monsalve

has volunteered with the Brown School every week for 12 years. 

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Volunteer Foster Grandparent Joan Williams has been volunteering at the Healey School for seven years.

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Boston Cares partners with Clough Capital volunteers and Arthur D. Healey School to beautify school playground and school grounds.

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Candy Shostak and her dog Mateo 'Teo' have voluntered for three years as Reading Partners through Dog B.O.N.E.S Therapy Dogs of MA at Arthur D. Healey School.  

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Volunteer Literacy Tutor Kristen Anderson volunteers to work 1:1 with a student in educator Leah Jaenicke's Sheltered English Immersion classroom every week. Kristen is one of several volunteers serving with an SPS Elementary or with SHS before heading to work.

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Inspiring and thoughtful, Community Career panelists share what they do, why the do it, and how they got started with Somerville High School students.  

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College Essay Workshop Volunteers  

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Weekly West Somerville Neighborhood School Volunteers and students celebrate a year of volunteer service and fun at their 2015 Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast.  Photo courtesy of long-time volunteer and journalist Delia Marshall.

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Hope Fellowship Church volunteers and Argenziano parent volunteer Marian Berkowitw; Argenziano playground painting project

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Building Impact celebrates Tech Gives Back Day (sponsored by TUGG) with service project at  Brown School 

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    SchoolCenter Picture   Kim McLanahan and her dog Monty listen to students read at East Somerville Community School.

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Serve and Inspire with SPS!

Literacy Literacy Tutors and Literacy Support Volunteers 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  in-classroom and one-on-one ESL support.  Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole or Indian language fluency preferred but not required.  Grades K-12. 

STEAM Experiential Learning   Industry professionals (Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) engage with students through visits to work environments, career workshops and school-based mentoring.  After school and early release Wednesdays (12pm-5:30pm).  

Community Career and College Mentors  Share your inspiration for your work and path to your career with students by serving as a career mentor.           

Story Tellers Volunteer once or twice a month to share your art with our future storytellers! 

Mathematics Tutors   Grades 3-12. 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.  

After School   Provide academic support and homework help after school, Grades Pre-K-6.  Various subjects and according to your expertise.  Help with an after school enrichment activity: theater arts, technology, writing, music, visual arts, engineering, athletics and more.

Musicians!  Help in a weekly music class, provide string or wind lesson support, volunteer to perform at a school or district event, or tune a violin.  Artists! Bring your fiber arts, printing, pottery, bookbinding, cartooning, illustration, nature journaling, and more.  Support an art teacher by helping to set up and organize a project.  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 a daily, nutritious snack, weekly academic support, cultural enrichment activities, field trips, and frequent public performance opportunities.  Volunteers  are sought for music mentoring, homework and academic support, tutoring, fundraising, special events and more. Visit to get started!

Library and Computer Lab Aides Help a school librarian by sorting/organizing books; help students choose the right books; help students in computer labs; all schools, flexible hours.


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 Nights / Math Nights / Game Nights / Literacy Nights Assist schools with hosting engaging, family-friendly events.  Volunteer to help organize event, work a table, and connect with SPS families.  Choose a school or we'll connect you with a school in your neighborhood!

Next Wave / Full Circle Career Mentors: First and Last Fridays! Somerville's alternative Junior High and High Schools is looking for 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:  

Walk/Ride Day Coordinators and Walking School Bus Leaders can't volunteer during the school day? Not a problem! We need volunteers to help us Go Green by steering schools' Walking and Biking School Buses. Pick one day a month or more, 7:30am-8:00am. For more info contact Shape Up Somerville Director Erica Satin-Hernandez at

School Gardens Stewards Help school gardens thrive by becoming volunteer garden stewards.  Help during scheduled workdays or rotate 1-2x per month to help students work in their gardens during lunchtime recess or after school. Jess Bloomer, Groundwork Somerville:   

SFLC Donations Center!  Help sort and organize clothes to be donated to Somerville families. By appointment at the Somerville Family Learning Collaborative, 42 Prescott St. Contact Kelly Richter:  

Schoolyard Landscaping, Cleanups and Painting  Assist with ongoing beautification and greening schools efforts.  We will work with your group to identify best times and tasks that meet your and school's needs.

Food Distribution! Help sort donated food items for Somerville families.  Every first and third Tuesday of the month, anytime 11:00am-12:30pm. At the Arthur D. Healey School, 5 Meacham St. For more information contact Healey's Family and Community Liaison:   



Alex Hershey, SPS ELA Instructional Coach, Volunteer Training

Volunteer Literacy Tutors and Support in the Classroom 

Volunteers support literacy best with training, understanding of instructional methods used in the classroom, and through one-on-one weekly tutoring. Volunteers learn specific techniques for supporting balanced literacy in the classroom, including strategies for decoding text, building fluency, reading comprehension, and supporting writing.


Supporting Early Reading Skills in the Classroom

Trainings for Volunteers are offered three times during the school year. 

To learn more and for resources for your volunteer literacy work in the classroom contact: 

or call 617.629.5475


Volunteers Matter!


If you volunteer with Somerville Public Schools, thank you!

By self-registering on the SPS VolunteerMatters database you will help demonstrate how much service is provided through volunteerism, help quantify our progress, and show how one-on-one volunteer-student support impacts student engagement and learning.

 (And it takes just 5 minutes): 


This secure site also enables us to match you with an opportunity that best suits your interests, availability, profession, skills, and grade and subject preferences.

If you are an active weekly volunteer we will enter your volunteer schedule.

Please contact Rosie Federico with any questions.

Thank You!

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