Volunteer

Volunteers are essential to our work at Communities In Schools of Tacoma. We could not reach as many families and students as we do without the help of our many dedicated mentors, tutors, reading buddies, and teachers. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

To apply as a volunteer, you can simply fill out our online VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM. You may choose instead to download the attached CIS Volunteer Application Form (bottom of this page) and return the completed form, along with a color copy or clear photograph of your photo ID, to Nova Hernandez at nhernan@tacoma.k12.wa.us. If you prefer, you may also return these materials in person at our office at 2141 South J Street, Tacoma, WA 98405. All school-based volunteers must pass a Washington State Patrol background check in order to work in a school building.

Our VOLUNTEER HANDBOOK Rev February 2017 is a great reference for what we expect from our volunteers, as well as what they can expect from us.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

  • Ready, Set, Read-Tacoma! Library Associates: Library Associate Volunteers help our participating Ready, Set, Read Teacher-Librarians by assisting them with day-to-day library tasks, including shelving books, making sure books are alphabetized correctly, and repairing books. Library Associates may also be asked to help support the Ready, Set, Read program at book check-out time, depending on schedule. Days and times are highly flexible. Learn more about Ready, Set, Read-Tacoma! HERE.
  • Arlington Elementary: Volunteer as a reading buddy with the All-Star Readers program on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and/or Thursdays from 3:45PM-4:45PM. The All-Star Readers program is designed to help students struggling in reading reach their potential. Dedicated community members volunteer to help a struggling student work through their reading kit and practice literacy skills. Learn more about the All-Star Readers program HERE.
  • Fern Hill Elementary: Volunteer as a reading mentor/tutor with the All-Star Readers program on Wednesdays from 3:45-4:45 pm. The All-Star Readers program is designed to help students struggling in reading reach their potential. Dedicated community members volunteer to help a struggling student work through their reading kit and practice literacy skills. Learn more about the All-Star Readers program HERE.
  • Gray Middle School: Volunteer as a math coach and motivation specialist for a struggling student. Math coaches help keep students motivated and on-task in class during the day, or help students with their homework after school. We have flexible hours, Monday – Thursday:
    • Session 1: 11:15am -12:15pm OR 11:45am – 12:45pm
    • Session 2:12:45 – 1:45pm
    • Session 3: 1:40 – 2:45pm
    • After School: 2:45 – 4:15pm
  • Oakland High School: This alternative public high school serves students ages 14-21 and offers a smaller, more supportive environment compared to that of a traditional high school. Students at Oakland are most often in need of math tutoring support during and after school. Math tutoring at Oakland is flexible, with sessions available Monday-Friday:
    • Session 1: 8:05 – 9:20 am
    • Session 2: 9:25 – 10:50 am
    • Lunchtime: 10:50 – 11:30am
    • Session 3: 11:30 am – 12:50 pm
    • Session 4: 12:55 – 2:15 pm
    • After School: 2:15 – 3:30pm
  • Mount Tahoma High School: We serve Mt. Tahoma High School students with a variety of programs, including math and science tutoring at lunchtime Monday – Friday, 10:30 – 12:00pm, UnCommon mentorship programs on Fridays after school from 2:15 – 4:00pm. All programs at Mt. Tahoma take place after school from 2:15-4:00 pm.
  • Volunteer Grant Writer: Join our Grant Writing Committee as a volunteer grant writer. Volunteers assist in editing and proofing, research potential grants, write portions of LOIs and grants, and increase their professional networks with individuals in the non-profit world.

Questions about volunteering? Fill out the contact form below:

 

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