Some organizations, including the Commonwealth of MA, have release programs which allow employees to leave time for community service. Other volunteers who do not have this option occasionally use their lunch period for volunteering. There are also opportunities for volunteering before or after work depending on your work schedule.
Training is required to participate in the School-Based Mentoring or Early Literacy programs. Training sessions are scheduled throughout the year. A schedule/more information can be found here. An online mentoring training is also available. General orientation and Read Aloud training is also available in person or online. All training is provided by SSV at no cost to volunteers.
Volunteers should be at least 18 years of age. However, in some cases high school students who are younger than 18 may be able to volunteer with parent permission or through a school-sponsored project.
Volunteers may participate in one or more of Springfield School Volunteers’ four core programs: Read Aloud; School-Based Mentoring; Academic Support. Volunteers may also assist in the classroom, library or office; serve as a field trip chaperone or on the PTO; volunteer as a career speaker or science fair judge; or otherwise assist as requested by a school.
You may sign up by completing the online application and then following the instructions to complete a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) check. You will be notified once your CORI has cleared and will be contacted regarding next steps.
Per the Springfield Public Schools’ CORI policy, any individual serving as a volunteer or other type of vendor (i.e. therapists working with SPS students) in a Springfield public school must have a CORI check completed by the SPS office of Safety and Security on file with Springfield School Volunteers. If you have any questions or concerns you may contact the office of Safety and Security directly at 787-7100 Ext: 55391.
Just one hour a week can make a difference in the life of a young student. Volunteers encourage students and inspire them to reach their potential.
Kevin has been volunteering with SSV for over 6 months, connecting with students and teachers alike.
Name: Kevin West I am a: Library Assistant and Math Tutor Van Sickle Middle School. I have been a Springfield School Volunteer for: 6 months. I became a Library Assistant and Tutor because: An article I read on MassLive.com indicated Van Sickle Middle School only had a 56 percent graduation rate. I wondered, what happens to the other 44 percent? I thought I could help Van Sickle Middle School by volunteering and looked for available positions on the Springfield School Volunteers website. By being a Library Assistant and Tutor I have learned: Children will only go as far as we take them. As an African-American male I see certain children gravitate towards me and I know my presence matters. I’ve learned that my actions and interactions with the students and teachers can have a profound and continuing effect. My favorite thing about mentoring/tutoring is: As simple as seeing the smiles on students faces. If they’re happy, I’m happy!
“I have been participating in the Read Aloud Program for the past 10 years and had planned to make this my last year, but my experience was so heartwarming and I loved every minute of [it.] I am anxious to return next month.”
– Marjorie Hurst, Volunteer
Marjorie Hurst, Volunteer
“Thank you very much. I just wanted to say that helping in our schools has truly been a life changing event for me. I should be paying them for letting me help.”
– Don Dorn, Jr., Volunteer at Samuel Bowles School
Don Dorn, Jr., Volunteer at Samuel Bowles School
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