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.
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 any of the following ways:
- Monday through Friday any time 7:30am-2:30pm through any Somerville Public School main office;
- Monday through Friday any time 7:30am-3:30pm at the Parent Information Center; OR
- at an SPS Volunteer Orientation.
Please note that CORIs for volunteers are valid for one school year only, and must be renewed every school year. Volunteers are not permitted to serve in a school or on school grounds, or chaperone, without an approved CORI with Somerville Public Schools.
Thank you Summer Volunteers!
Somerville Public Schools thanks these awesome volunteers for serving and inspiring this Summer:
Sasha Brownsberger, Bob Chen, Kim Chung, Megan Davis, Valerie Farley, Jerry Gechter, Scott Halperin, Amanda Horgan, Franz Hover, Christine Ianni, Danielle Jones, Avril Kenney, Dawn Ling, Daniel Mattos, Jasmine McNenny, Allison Patton, Caitlin Peters, John Scopelleti, David Smith, Karl Schoch, Michael Shea, Beth Shields, Stu Soloway, Meagan Steiner, Patrick Tai, Gaby Waldman-Fried and Chris Weller.
Fall 2018 Volunteer Opportunities
Academic Support and Tutoring
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-5:30pm). During the school year, before school (7:30am-8:05am) and aftter school hours are available for individualized tutoring and homework support at some elementary schools and at Somerville High School.
After School Somerville High School Tutoring / Homework Support / Study Skills
Volunteers serve Tues, Wed or Thurs afternoons for tutoring, homework support and help honing study skills: Tues, Wed or Thurs 2:45pm-4:00pm or 4:00pm-5:00pm.
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 during the school year. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
East Somerville Community School Morning Homework Club
Parent and community volunteers welcomed to serve any morning Mon, Tues, Thurs or Fri, 7:30am-8:10am. Students in grades K-5 supported in literacy, mathematics, English Language and more.
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 and contact JCapuano@k12.somerville.ma.us to be matched with a program.
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. Connect with JCapuano@k12.someville.ma.us to get started.
Serving Lifelong Learning and 18+
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!
PTA Events / Math Nights / Game Nights / Literacy / Arts / STEM / Physical Improvement Projects. 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 and connect with families and students. 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 evening family engagement events, coordinate game nights, organize book rooms, serve at a clothing donations center, paint playgrounds, help with fundraisers and serve as assistant coaches. Contact JCapuano@k12.somerville.ma.us to be matched!
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. Office Hours: Mon, Tues and Thurs 8:00am-2:30pm.