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“Virtual” Volunteering in the Cambridge Public Schools

How to Apply

Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV) worked collaboratively with the Cambridge Public School district administration to expand our services to students during the Spring 2020 closure of school buildings by using the platform Google Meet. In Fall 2020, we will continue to offer mentoring, tutoring, and some classroom volunteering opportunities using Google Meet and possibly additional technologies.

New volunteers at the high school level may submit application materials beginning August 24, 2020.

New volunteers at the elementary and middle (upper) school level, please email Julie Croston, director of recruitment. We will keep you updated about our application procedures, which will open up in September.


Some Details

High School

For those who would like to donate time to help high schoolers, the roles available are:

  • tutoring in a specific academic subject, which may involve assisting a student with time management and distance learning strategies;
  • guiding a high school senior in beginning to navigate the college decision-making and application process (College & Career Mentoring Program);
  • classroom assistant (varies according to educator needs).

To apply to join CSV as a new volunteer at the high school level, please click on the blue button above. However, if you are a returning high school volunteer, please instead email Jay Bernal, jenciso@cpsd.us.

Elementary and Middle School

For those who would like to donate time to help students in elementary and middle school, the roles available are:

  • upper school tutoring (Grades 6–8)

We will update this list as we adapt our usual programming this fall to fit the needs of teachers and students during remote learning and the closure of school buildings.

To apply to join CSV as a new volunteer at the middle/upper school level, please click on the orange button above. However, if you are a returning elementary or upper school volunteer, please instead email Kasey Appleman, kappleman@cpsd.us.

Training for Volunteers in 2020–21

Training/Orientation for new volunteers in school year 2020-21 will be as follows:

1) New Volunteer Training (orientation)

This year, new volunteer training includes guidance for remote volunteering. This will be required of all new volunteers before they are placed in a classroom or matched with a student for tutoring or mentoring.

2) Additional Anti-Racism Training (in development)

This will be required of all new volunteers this year as well as returning volunteers.

3) As usual, optional training workshops to enhance your interaction with students will be offered.


For a general introduction to our application requirements and our usual array of volunteer programs, visit our How to Get Started page.



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