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Make a difference this school year: Volunteer at MPS!

Milwaukee Public Schools is excited to get community members, alumni, businesses, faith based organizations and families involved in making a difference in the lives of students this academic school year. MPS offeres a variety of volunteer opportunities such as volunteering in a classroom, lending a hand in the school cafeteria or providing career support to high school students.  

For a detailed list of opportunities your local MPS school, see our Opportunity Directory.

MPS Volunteer Application Process

Candidates looking to volunteer at MPS should complete the following steps:

Step 1 : Complete an online volunteer application.  Click here to complete the MPS Volunteer Application

Step 2: Await email notification for approval.

Step 3: Create an online account on VicNet. (View the VicNet Volunteer Guide to learn how to create your account, log your volunteer hours and much more!)

Step 4: Contact the volunteer point person at your desired school for your volunteer assignment and start date.


For additional information about the MPS volunteer program, view the FAQ section below:

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  Do I need to complete the application?

All individuals who would like to volunteer regularly or on an on-going basis must complete an application. One-time volunteers or chaperones for field trips are not required to complete the application.

  I filled out an application last year. Do I have to complete another one?

No.  Applicants who have completed an application online do not need to complete another application. Applications stay on file for 12 months.

  Do I have to have a social security number to become a volunteer?

No. Applicants can leave the social security number field blank on the application.

  What if I want to volunteer at more than one school (or location)?

Please select each school where you are interested in volunteering, up to three, in the Preference section of the application.  

  What if I’m not sure I’ll pass the background check?

We strongly encourage those interested in volunteering to apply. There is no cost for a background check to the applicant. 

  Can I volunteer if I’m under 18 years of age?

MPS welcomes volunteers who are under 18. Minors who are interested in volunteering regularly or on an on-going basis must have a parent or guardian complete the volunteer application on his or her behalf.

  How do I log in to my VicNet volunteer account for the first time?

The email address that you provided on your application will be your username login.

  1. Go to the website for your volunteer account, called VicNet:
  2. Click Need a password?
  3. Enter your email address you used on your application.
  4. Click the Go button.
  5. Check your email address for a message from Volgistics.  This may take several minutes.
  6. Follow the instructions in the email – click on the URL and enter a new password.  Passwords must contain a combination of letters and numbers.
  7. Users should now be able to log in to VicNet.

If you encounter any issues signing up for an account, please view the VicNet Volunteer Guide or contact

  Can I complete community service at MPS to fulfill a court order or to receive state benefits?

MPS does not accept applicants who need community service for court-orders or state benefits.

One-Time Volunteer Opportunities

Read Across America Day (March 1, 2019)

Come and join the fun with our students as they engage in various Dr. Seuss themed activities including book reading, arts and crafts and games. Click here for more information.

MPS Job Fair (March 13, 2019)

MPS students are our future doctors, lawyers, engineers and employees in career areas that we cannot yet imagine.  On March 13, 2019, volunteers will be needed to assist high school juniors and seniors at the MPS Job Fair at the UWM Student Union. Volunteers will assist with bussing, school check-in, interview-prep and much more. Various shifts are available for this opportunity. Click the link below to learn more:

MPS Job Fair Sign-Up

6th Annual Summit on Black Male Youth-Milwaukee (March 18 & 19, 2019)

The Department of Black & Latino Male Achievement (BLMA) is excited to partner with UWM's African American Male Initiative (AAMI) to host the 6th Annual Summit on Black Male Youth-Milwaukee on March 18 & 19, 2019. Volunteers will be needed to assist with student flow/traffic on the UWM campus and to ensure students get to their correct program activity during the summit. Two shifts are available for this opportunity. Click the link below to learn more:

6th Annual Summit on Black Male Youth-Milwaukee Sign-Up

12th Annual Milwaukee Public Schools STEM Fair (April 3 & 4, 2019)

Have a love for math and science? If you said yes, sign-up to volunteer for the MPS STEM Fair on April 3 & 4, 2019.  For more details on how you can get involved with this exciting event, click here.


Are you an MPS teen looking for volunteer opportunities? 

Check out some of this info to get started volunteering!

Log Your Volunteer Hours In VicNet!

Click here to login to VicNet. For assistance with creating a new account, logging your volunteer service hours or updating your profile information, view the VicNet Volunteer Guide.

Community members age 55 or better are invited to serve as a volunteer tutor at select elementary schools and help with literacy. Volunteer tutors are trained on tutoring techniques and volunteer in a classroom one day a week, for a minimum of 90 minutes.

Call 414-220-8653 to get started!


Sophia Smith

Volunteer Services Associate

Phone: 414-773-9823

Kellie Sigh
Department Strategic Partnerships & Customer Service


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