Volunteer Info for Teachers

040_BPEF_WashVol_20091016bwBerkeley Schools Volunteers (BSV) wants to support you and your students by matching you with interested, enthusiastic community volunteers. Request a volunteer by completing the form below.

Volunteers can help give individual attention to students, ease classroom management, and serve as role models. They are community members, professionals, and college students interested in helping kids succeed.

What can I do to set myself and volunteers up for success?

Please read through the BSV Volunteer Contract for details on volunteer requirements, expectations and BUSD do’s and don’ts for volunteers.

Please read the Volunteer and Teacher 1st Meeting Check List to learn what questions we advise volunteers to ask teachers before getting started. You may wish to add additional questions or create a list of answers to make your site-based orientation easier! You may wish to make your own list of questions to ask volunteers, too.

For more information about the BSV screening process, please see our BUSD Volunteer Screening Policy page. BSV screening is based upon BUSD policy.

How does BSV match volunteers to teachers?

We use the information and schedule you list on your Volunteer Request Form to match your needs and interests with those of potential volunteers. For each volunteer we place with you, we send you a green volunteer information sheet via inter-district mail. Your volunteer may contact you before you receive the green form; we have asked them to be proactive and contact you as soon as possible to discuss tasks, scheduling, and classroom policies and dynamics. See our Become a Volunteer page for more information about our volunteer placement process and expectations.

117_BPEF_LeConteVol_20091021bwWhat if the volunteer isn’t a good fit for me or my class?

If the match doesn’t work out—for any reason!—please let us know and we will start the matching process again. Please clarify the reasons why the volunteer isn’t working out; we want to better serve you and other teachers. You always have the right to ask BSV to remove a volunteer from your classroom, stop sending volunteers, or update your request at anytime. Please contact us ASAP with any changes to your schedule or needs to avoid misplaced or unwanted volunteers.

How do I get started?

Let us know you would like to have a volunteer in your classroom by completing the form below. The more specific you can be, the better we can advertise and match a volunteer to your needs.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Request a Volunteer

Requesting a volunteer is easy and fast. All you need to do is complete the online form below. Once you click "SUBMIT" you should see a confirmation screen and receive an email. If you don't, please contact our office.
  • Please add any notes on how to pronounce your name, if necessary.
  • Please choose your school site from the drop-down list
  • Contact Information

  • Please list the email address you check most frequently. We will make this available to your potential volunteers.
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  • Volunteer Placement Information

  • Please check only the area(s) that apply to your volunteer request; for "other" please use comment box below
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  • Please note each day of the week you can support volunteers
  • Please list your teaching schedule (times and days for all subjects/classes you teach) to ensure we refer volunteers matching your schedule; the more detail the better! If you do not know your schedule, please submit another Volunteer Request Form to update us as soon as possible.
  • Agreements

    To set my volunteer partnership up for success, I understand I will need to invest time reviewing the items below with my volunteer before s/he begins working with students (please click to acknowledge).
  • Please see the documents we provide to volunteers and teachers at the top of this page for suggestions. We share your feedback with school sites anonymously.
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