Make an Impact

Our volunteers are just like you: UC Berkeley and Berkeley City College students; college graduates and mid-career professionals pursuing a career in education; retired community members; and many others simply interested in helping kids succeed.

Become a Volunteer

We are not currently accepting new volunteers for Spring 2019.


Your interest in working with kids and teachers is the basis for your success as a volunteer. We place volunteers under the direct supervision of BUSD teachers and staff so the people working everyday with our students can control how, where, and when to apply volunteer support. You design your volunteer schedule directly with your supervising teacher.

What are the requirements for volunteers in Berkeley schools?

Because you will be working with our hardworking staff and children during the school day, we do have volunteer requirements and friendly reminders:

All new volunteers are required to attend a BSV New Volunteer Orientation so we can explain special district initiatives, needs, and volunteer do’s and don’ts in our schools. We are not currently accepting new volunteers.  Please check back in Fall 2019.

We present many volunteer options at our orientation, during which you will let us know what type of volunteer opportunity you are interested in. You can also read through our volunteer opportunities before you attend an orientation. Teachers tell us volunteer consistency and punctuality are more important than being an expert in a particular subject or having years of experience. We welcome seasoned professionals and newcomers alike!

Volunteers should have/be:

  • 1-2 hours a week available to volunteer for at least one semester (unless other arrangements have been made)
  • at least 16 years old (“minor” volunteers are usually restricted to placements working with Pre-K through 5th grade students)
  • able to pass required screening steps (varies by placement; no cost to you)
  • willing to work with diverse student classrooms of mixed abilities, learner levels, backgrounds and cultures
  • able to support staff and student learning (with reasonable accommodations)
  • love to work with kids/youth (you can specify age/grade preferences)
  • UC Berkeley students can volunteer for credit through our Field Studies course

Please review our Volunteer Policy page for additional requirements.

If you have already completed a BSV orientation, please submit a Returning Volunteer Form for a new name badge and/or new placement.

Are you a Parent/Guardian of a student currently attending a BUSD school?

If you are a parent/guardian of a child currently attending the BUSD school at which you wish to volunteer, you have rights under the CA Education Code to do so with prior notice and approval from the school site and staff. If you choose to volunteer outside your child’s classroom, your school site may ask you to come through BSV for additional clearances. Please understand this is to protect all our students, as school sites have limited ability to screen volunteers. You may also choose to come through BSV’s training to find community, improve your strategies for working with children and teachers, and for help finding other volunteer opportunities. Please contact us or your school site to ask about your specific situation.

Business, Club or Church?

BSV matches teachers with individual volunteers. With that said, we sincerely value our partnerships with groups and organizations to strengthen and educate the Berkeley community and will seek new ways to connect your members with our schools. Please contact us with your interest and needs and we will do our best to find opportunities to match.

Volunteer Info for Teachers


Berkeley Schools Volunteers (BSV) wants to support you and your students by matching you with interested, enthusiastic communityvolunteers.

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

Please read the Volunteer-Teacher 1st Meeting Checklist 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!

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 Request a Volunteer form to match your needs and interests with those of potential volunteers. For each volunteer we place, we connect them with you via email. We ask 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.
Please understand we do our best to match you with a volunteer but aren’t always able to.

What 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.

How do I get started?

If you would like to have a volunteer in your classroom please complete our Request a Volunteer form below. The more specific you can be, the better we can advertise and work to match a volunteer to your needs.

Please contact us as soon as possible with any changes to your schedule or needs to avoid misplaced or unwanted volunteers.

Request a Volunteer

Request a Volunteer