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Thank you for your interest in volunteering in the Cambridge Public Schools!

To get started, read through these fundamentals of volunteering. Our group orientations for this school year have ended, but new volunteers can email us to be invited to the Kickoff Volunteer Orientation in the fall.



At the kickoff orientation in the fall, you will have the chance to ask questions, learn about the various volunteering opportunities and choose the program and time that works for you.

View our Current Volunteer Needs for specific openings. You also can always call our offices to sign up: 617.349.6794. Contact Us if you have questions and want to learn more.

Volunteers are asked to commit one or two hours per week for at least one semester.

Our programs serve children during the school day as well as before and after school. Volunteers are needed between the hours of 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

No tutoring or teaching experience is necessary. CSV provides training to all volunteers as well as ongoing optional workshops to enhance your work with students.

We require two references – one professional and one personal:

K-8 Reference Form

High School Reference Form

All volunteers are required to fill out a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) form for criminal background checks. Click here to learn more about this form.

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Our diverse and talented volunteers range in age from older teens to older adults and include working professionals, retirees, undergraduates and graduate students, parents, high school students volunteering as peer tutors, and others from Cambridge and surrounding communities. At CSV, we work hard to create a great match between each of our volunteers and the students they are helping, ensuring a win-win for everyone. We hope you will consider joining us at Cambridge School Volunteers!