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

We are currently accepting new volunteers for a small summer program serving fourth-graders, Art & Science at Compass.

If you are interested in serving Cambridge Public School students during school year 2018–19, you may register for our kickoff orientation for new volunteers on September 25, 2018, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at

All volunteering begins with an orientation. In addition to the September kickoff orientation, where our full array of volunteer options are presented, we schedule additional small-group orientations on a rolling basis, September–February. Scroll down to read more about volunteering.

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. This form must have an original signature. For most programs, you will complete the form in person with a CSV staff person.

A female volunteer is reading a book called Life Size Zoo to a young girl student who is eagerly turning the page.

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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!

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