Volunteer works with students

Getting Started!

1. Sign up online

Somerville Public Schools strives to match volunteers with meaningful opportunities that will best support student learning and wellness.  If interested in serving regularly (at least once a week) we ask that you self-register. This helps us share opportunities that fit your interests, skills and availability.

2. Volunteer Orientation 

Somerville Public Schools accepts volunteer registrations throughout the school year.  Group and individual volunteer orientations for new volunteers interested in serving regularly are scheduled periodically throughout the school year and summer.  Our next group Volunteer Orientation for individuals interested in serving regularly is Thursday, April 25 from 5:30pm-6:30pm.  Please contact JCapuano@k12.somerville.ma.us to confirm your attendance and for further details.    

3. Submit your CORI Form.   Spanish CORI FormPortuguese CORI FormHaitian Creole CORI Form

For the safety of all students, families and staff, all volunteers age 18 or older are required to have an approved CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) with Somerville Public Schools every school year. Regardless of time commitment or volunteer activity (including remote and out-of-school time volunteering), Volunteers serving with an SPS activity must have an approved CORI with SPS.  Parents/Guardians/Caregivers: CORIs may be submitted in person at your child's school main office during school hours, at a scheduled Volunteer Orientation or by appointment by emailing JCapuano@k12.somerville.ma.us.  

For information about MA CORI regulation and your CORI rights visit https://www.gbls.org/sites/default/files/2018-10/know-your-cori-rights-101518ff.pdf. Volunteers without a Social Security Number are permitted to volunteer; volunteers without government-issued ID may submit a personal identification attestation form. 

Volunteer Resources

Volunteer Guidelines

This Guide outlines Somerville Public Schools' best practices, procedures and expectations SPS educators and staff have for volunteers serving in a school.   

2023-2024 School-Based Volunteer Coordinators

Albert F. Argenziano School (PK-8)  Marian Berkowitz:  MBerkowitz@k12.somerville.ma.us
Benjamin G. Brown School (K-5) Sandra Dumas: SDumas@k12.somerville.ma.us
Michael E. Capuano Early Childhood Education Center (PK-K) Ariel Mayer:  AMayer@k12.somerville.ma.us
East Somerville Community School (K-8 and Unidos) Jackeline Castellanos: JCastellanos@k12.somerville.ma.us
Arthur D. Healey School (PK-8) Emma Daniels: EDaniels@k12.somerville.ma.us
John F. Kennedy School (PK-8) position open  contact Samantha Patton:  SPatton@k12.somerville.ma.us 
Next Wave / Full Circle Schools (6-12) Elizabeth Gillott: EGillott@k12.somerville.ma.us
Somerville High School (9-12) Lisa Spagnuolo: LSpagnuolo@k12.somerville.ma.us 
West Somerville Neighborhood School (PK-8)  Jean Player  JPlayer@k12.somerville.ma.us 
Winter Hill Community Innovation School (PK-8) Linda Walsh  LWalsh@k12.somerville.ma.us 
School-Based Volunteer Coordinator positions are stipend positions (2 hours/week). School-Based Volunteer Coordinators are typically full-time SPS staff who perform Volunteer Coordinating duties at their school in addition to their full-time work.