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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.  You will be contacted about next steps.

RETURNING VOLUNTEERS, PARENTS AND GUARDIANS: Thank you for sharing your time and talents with SPS!  Please remember to submit your CORI form for the 2018-19 school year. CORIs may be submitted for the coming school year any time beginning August 27 any of the following ways: Monday through Friday any time 7:30am-2:30pm through any Somerville Public School main office; at the Parent Information Center 7:30am-3:00pm Monday through Friday, or at any SPS Volunteer Orientation.   

Connect, Learn and Serve this Summer

Somerville Public Schools welcomes volunteers to engage in fun, enriching Summer programs that strive to stem academic achievement gaps and curb Summer learning loss. Come have fun making art and music while boosting literacy skills.  Offer a guest STEM activity, serve in a school garden, chaperone a field trip, or assist with an evening college essay writing workshop. To be matched with a Summer Program email: JCapuano@k12.someville.ma.us.   

Freedom Connexion July 5 through Aug 10, Mon through Fri 8am-3pm at East Somerville Community School. Join a joyful group of staff and volunteers to offer individual or small group literacy activities, building conversation and reading skills and assisting students in becoming independent, joyful readers (Pre-K- Grade 5).  Volunteers who can devote 2 hours/week welcomed, Spanish fluency preferred but not required.  Volunteer to offer afternoon sessions of STEM, coding, gardening or other activities.  Coordinator: Julie Allen JAllen@k12.somerville.ma.us   

Elementary SomerSession welcomes volunteers to work with grades 1-7 students. Volunteers specializing in English Language Arts, Mathematics, hands-on arts and STEM projects welcomed!  July 9 through August 3, Mon through Fri, 7:30am-1pm.  Coordinator:  Christopher Ames CAmes@k12.somerville.ma.us 

SPELL, Elementary and Secondary Summer Programs offers ELL development, enrichment and academic support for ELL students in Grds K-8 (Elementary) and 9-12 (Secondary).  Both programs welcome volunteers to support individual students in Literacy, Writing, Mathematics, Arts, Experiential Learning Chaperoning and more.  Spanish or Portuguese fluency preferred but not required.  Elementary SPELL: Dolores Porziella DPorziella@k12.somerville.ma.us   Secondary SPELL:  Zachary Shufran ZShufran@k12.somerville.ma.us 

Secondary Summer School offers students the opportunity to complete a course or take a course for enrichment.  Volunteers with college level Mathematics and/or Sciences work individually with students as they progress through content. July 9 through Aug 3, Mon through Fri, one hour per week minimum preferred.  Coordinator:  Michele Harney MHarney@k12.somerville.ma.us
Summer Writers' Evening Workshops offers rising grades Grades 9-10 students individual writing support in July. Tues evenings 6-8pm. 
Evening College Essay Workshop  Thursday, August 16 from 6-8pm at Somerville Public Library.  From brainstorming topics to writing to revisions, volunteers with college admissions and essay writing/review experience work individually with students.        
Community Volunteer Interpreters and Translators Volunteer to assist with school communications and materials. Spanish, Portuguese or Haitian Creole language fluency preferred, other languages as needed.  Evening hours available.  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
Growers and Gardeners  School gardens are outdoor classrooms that offer students hands-on science, nutrition, math, marketing and literacy curricula, bringing lessons to life. Community volunteers are vital to thriving gardens and expanding this learning. To volunteer with a school garden, support urban ag and even get some evening dirt time to promote healthy productive spaces, connect with Groundwork Somerville or call 617-628-9988. 

Ongoing School Year Volunteering

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 Literacy, Mathematics, Languages, ESL, Sciences 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).  During the school year, before school hours (7:30am-8:05am) are available for individualized tutoring and homework support at all elementary schools and Somerville High School. 

Computer Scientists, Engineers, Innovators and Problem-Solvers!

Looking for ways to connect with our next generation of innovators? Help light the spark that will help make math matter and bring creativity to coding.  Volunteers and STEM enthusiasts serve in and out of the classroom assisting with computer sciences pilots, after school clubs, STEM nights and Maker Space events, and as STEM career mentors. 

Somerville High School Transition Classroom

SHS Transition Classroom is an initiative designed to prepare young adults for long-term success by providing community and work experience.  Volunteers may serve in a community-based classroom to mentor post-graduate students ages 18-22 years in transiting to internship, work, career and eductional opportunities. Community volunteers serve as internship or job mentor, tutor, host a mock interview to help students build professional skills, host a company tour, or accompany student for job transitioning.  We are a program for students with disabilities who benefit from hands-on learning and meaningful internships/jobs in supportive and inclusive environments. 

Next Wave / Full Circle Career Mentors

First and Last Fridays during the school year,  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.      


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 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.