Become a Volunteer

Investing in the Future

Volunteering in schools makes a difference to:

  • students who thrive with more personalized attention from an additional caring adult
  • teachers whose capacity to support all students is super charged with an extra adult in the room
  • community members who find joy and meaning in giving back to their local community

The Volunteer Commitment

Consistency matters – both for student learning and for strong teacher partnerships. As such, we ask BSV’s Community Volunteers to commit at least an hour per week (preferably more) for the entire school year.

Next Steps

  1. Watch BSV’s Online Info Session, designed for new volunteers.
  2. Complete your Volunteer Application!

Why Volunteer?


“It is a great living experience of the cycle of giving and receiving. I give some of my good and receive from their good in return.”
-Tocosa, BSV Volunteer since 2016

Our volunteers come to, and stay with, BSV for so many reasons:

  • To laugh and be inspired by young people
  • To give back to the community they love
  • To level the playing field for all kids
  • To support hard-working teachers
  • To meet like-minded peers in BSV’s committed community of learners

Next Steps

  1. Watch BSV’s Online Info Session, designed for new volunteers.
  2. Complete your Volunteer Application!

Who Can Volunteer?

BSV welcomes volunteers come from all walks of life.

Our volunteers are professionals and retirees, students and parents. They are generalists and specialists. Some are teenagers, others middle-aged, and still others septuagenarians. They come from many different countries and speak many different languages. Our volunteers live both within and beyond Berkeley’s city limits.

What unites BSV volunteers is their love of kids and their commitment to showing up for learning. BSV volunteers also share a vision of high quality public schools for all students.

BSV seeks volunteers who are:

  • Willing to be a learner as well as a teacher;
  • At least 16 years of age*;
  • Able to volunteer at least 1 hour every week (preferably more) for the entire school year; and
  • Free of a serious criminal record**.

*Minors (ages 16 and 17) require the signature of a parent or guardian on BSV’s Minor Permission Form.

**For more details on specific screening requirements, click on our BSV Volunteer Screening Policies.

Next Steps

  1. Watch BSV’s Online Info Session, designed for new volunteers.
  2. Complete your Volunteer Application!

Where to Volunteer?

BSV offers almost as many pathways for volunteering as there are volunteers! We are confident that we can help you find the right fit for your schedule and interests.

Use the links below to learn more about the many volunteer opportunities available in Berkeley Unified:

Next Steps

  1. Watch BSV’s Online Info Session, designed for new volunteers.
  2. Complete your Volunteer Application!

One-time Volunteer Events

BSV knows that many community members would LOVE to volunteer for Berkeley schools, but may not be able to make a weekly commitment. For those people, BSV has created a new One-time Volunteer Events pathway.

These one-day service projects focus on critical district-wide needs that could really benefit from extra human power but don’t currently have access to many volunteers. Volunteers can join the team for a few hours or a full day! Projects include:

  • Inventorying and repairing library books 
  • Inventorying and restocking hands-on science kits 
  • Repairing musical instruments 
  • Completing a school garden service project 

If you’d like to be notified about such opportunities, please sign up here for BSV’s One-time Volunteer Events email list. 

Get Started!

Next Steps

  1. Watch BSV’s Online Info Session, designed for new volunteers.
  2. Complete your Volunteer Application!