Volunteer Portal

Hot Off the Press @ BSV 

BSV By-The-Numbers: 

  • BSV recently surpassed the 210 ‘volunteer placements’ mark and new volunteers keep on coming!
  • BSV has fielded 153 teacher requests for volunteers and have filled 89% of requests, with at least one volunteer!

BSV’s Learning Community: 

  • Our Part II Training in Common Core Math is scheduled for Tues, March 17 from 4:30-6pm, with K-5 Math Teacher Leader Tracey Iglehart.
  • A Reading for Elementary Volunteers training is in the works for Feb-March. Stay tuned!

BSV Out-and-About: 

  • 6 volunteer drivers have already stepped up for biweekly delivery of groceries from the Berkeley Food Network to BUSD schools! Interested? Email Duffy.
  • BSV is hosting a one-time volunteer event to restore balance to the Thousand Oaks garden on Sat, March 7, 10am-1pm.

Save the Dates!

  • Fri, May 8: Berkeley Public Schools Fund’s Spring Luncheon, featuring BSV! (Tickets for purchase, coming in February.)
  • Wed, May 27: BSV The Volunteers Reception, honoring new & veteran volunteers, 4-6pm @ Poet’s Corner. All welcomed!

NEW! One-time Volunteer Events.

  • Want to keep volunteering, but not sure you can swing the weekly commitment? Consider signing up for our newest volunteer pathway: one-time volunteer events! To learn more, click here.

Redesign: from Vision to Action.

  • Learn more about BSV’s redesign, from process to outcomes, here

We Are All Learners!

  • Explore BSV’s new Learning Community tab (from the Current Volunteers page) where you’ll find a calendar of events, including upcoming trainings and volunteer gatherings.

Lost Badge?

  • Misplaced your name badge? No problem! Contact BSV (bsv@berkeley.net or 510-644-8833) and we’ll mail out a new one shortly.

BSV Tip of the Month: The All-Important First Meeting!

Before diving in, make sure you’re meeting up with your Host Teacher for a First Meeting to build a strong partnership from the start! This all-important planning conversation can be guided by BSV’s First Meeting Checklist.

Be sure to discuss:

  • teacher needs & volunteer strengths/interests
  • scheduling & communication preferences
  • classroom protocols & individual students’ needs

Events Calendar, 2019-20


February 2020

Sat, Feb 8: 9-11 am Equity Training Email duffyross@berkeley.net
Sat, Feb 8: 11-12 noon New Volunteer Orientation Email duffyross@berkeley.net
Wed, Feb 19: 3-4 pm New Volunteer Orientation Email duffyross@berkeley.net

March 2020

Fri, Mar 6: 3-4 pm New Volunteer Orientation Email duffyross@berkeley.net
Sat, Mar 7: 10am-1pm One-time Volunteer Event: Garden Work Party @ Thousand Oaks RSVP here
Tues, Mar 17: 4:30-6 pm Common Core Math Training, Part II RSVP here
Mon, Mar 23: 3-5 pm Equity Training last of the school year Email duffyross@berkeley.net
Mon, Mar 23: 5-6pm New Volunteer Orientation – last of the school year Email duffyross@berkeley.net

April 2020

May 2020

Fri, May 8: 11:30-2pm Schools Fund’s Annual Spring Luncheon, highlighting BSV Info and tickets here
Wed, May 27: 4-6pm BSV’s End of Year Volunteer Reception More info coming soon!

June 2020

Summer 2020


General Screening Requirements (for new volunteers only)

Requirement Details
Be 16 years of age (by first day of volunteering)* Complete a Minor Permission Form, signed by Parent or Guardian
Complete Live Scan Fingerprinting with DOJ/FBI background check Use BSV’s Live Scan Form
Provide proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Inclusive of 2 week waiting period
Not applicable for distance learning volunteers
Medical and religious exemptions honored
Have no record of sexual offenses BSV checks your name against a National Online Registry of Sex Offenders
Attend BSV’s New Volunteer Orientation Virtual training over Zoom
Returning and new volunteers are also required to complete “Community Cultural Wealth and Asset-Based Thinking” training in October (after placement)
Able to volunteer at least one hour per week and commit to the end of the school year Not inclusive of travel time


Additional Screening Requirements for Specific Placements ONLY

Condition Additional Screening Requirements
…for those volunteering in a BUSD preschool/CDC
  • Negative Tuberculosis Test (or Risk Assessment) – from past 60 days; valid for 4 years
  • Documentation of Vaccinations for Influenza, dTap, and MMR
…for volunteers with “frequent or prolonged contact with pupils” (e.g. volunteers where cumulative face-to-face time with students exceeds 8 hours)
  • Negative Tuberculosis Test (or Risk Assessment) – from past 60 days; valid for 4 years



General Screening Requirements

There are none. As per California’s Education Code, parents may arrange volunteering directly with their child’s classroom teacher and jump right in!

If parents wish to volunteer in a different classroom other than that of their child, they would then be considered “Community Volunteers” and the above BSV screening requirements would apply.

BSV Learning Community

Gathering our Volunteers for Shared Learning

We value lifelong learning and seek to create opportunities for volunteers to learn from each other outside of the classroom. Check out the BSV Events Calendar tab (above) for upcoming volunteer gatherings!

Ongoing Learning

Equity in Education

Racial Equity & Whiteness

  • Nice White Parents, a Serial podcast about segregation inequities in New York public schools.
  • The 1619 Projecta series of articles commemorating the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first African slaves on US soil.  Produced by Nikole Hannah-Jones and the New York Times Magazine. Stories turned into Podcast Episodes by the New York Times.
  • White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh, 1988.
  • White Fragilityby Robin DiAngelo2018
  • Scene on Radio’s Seeing White Series, a podcast series by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

Staying Connected to our Volunteers

BSV stays connected to our volunteer community through periodic emails with updates, opportunities, and the occasional volunteer story or tip.

In addition, the tremendous work of our volunteer community is regularly spotlighted in the Schools Fund e-newsletter. Click here to read the latest Schools Fund e-newsletter.

If you want to pitch an idea for a BSV-related article, email Volunteer Programs Manager Jissel Poblete, jisselpoblete@berkeley.net

Asking for Regular Feedback from our Volunteers

Our volunteers know better than anyone how BSV could sharpen its tools to deepen our impact!

Every spring, BSV surveys its volunteers as well as its Host Teachers to find out what’s been working, what needs tightening, and what should be prioritized for the coming year. Read a summary of our 2019 volunteer survey findings  here.