Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Milwaukee Public Schools!
Visit our online application to view and search on-going volunteer opportunities. Check out our online application guide for new volunteers or returning volunteers.
Short-term and Special Volunteer Opportunities
- Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday with MPS - March 2 is Dr. Seuss’ birthday and every school in Milwaukee Public Schools is throwing a Reading Party to celebrate! Join us on March 2, 2017 at your favorite MPS school and be part of the fun during Read Across America! In elementary schools, volunteers will be reading a book, or maybe two if you’re lucky, to a classroom of eager students who are aspiring readers. If you volunteer in a middle or high school, you’ll work with students on a brief literacy project. Schools will host volunteers at either 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. or 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
- Support the 2017 STEM Fair - Each year in the spring, MPS hosts the STEM Fair. This year's Fair will take place on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at the Milwaukee County Zoo Peck Welcome Center. We need your help to make this event a success! Volunteers are needed to assist with various duties at the STEM Fair for both set-up day and the day of the Fair.
- Annual Daddy Daughter Dance - Help us make the 2017 Daddy Daughter Dance a night to remember for daddies and daughters across Milwaukee!
- Support Student Musicians - Be part of the WSMA Solo & Ensemble District Festival on Saturday, March 4. Volunteers will serve as room monitors, door monitors, runners, or floor managers and will have an opportunity to hear student performances! No music experience necessary.
- Homework Help at the College Access Center - Help students with homework at our drop-in College Access Center on South 27th Street. Volunteers are needed from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays in all content areas.
- Mentor a Teen - Serve as a mentor to a teen at risk of not graduating from high school through the Challenge Academy. Mentors must be 23 years or older and willing to visit their mentee twice at Ft. McCoy, then touch base weekly with their mentee once he or she returns to Milwaukee.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I need to complete the application?
All volunteer applicants who would like to volunteer regularly or on an on-going basis must apply to volunteer online once each calendar year. One-time volunteers or chaperones for field trips are not required to complete the application, but may be asked to do so by the school or department.
- I filled out an application last year. Do I have to do it again?
Yes, volunteer applicants who would like to volunteer regularly or on an on-going basis must apply to volunteer online once each calendar year.
- I don’t have a Social Security number or an email address but I would like to volunteer. What should I do?
The online volunteer application requires, among other things, a Social Security number and an email address. If you do not have one of these, please submit a paper application to the school where you would like to volunteer or to Heather Aschoff, Partnership Volunteer Associate.
- What if I want to volunteer at more than one school (or location)?
Please apply to each position you would like to volunteer for on the online application. This may be at more than one location or more than one position at a single location.
- 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. Volunteer applicants must be thorough and truthful in their disclosure of any felonies, misdemeanors, or ordinance violations.
- Do I have to attend the Volunteer Orientation?
We strongly encourage all volunteers to attend a Volunteer Orientation. This hour-long session goes over the general guidelines for volunteers and provides a broader picture of the volunteer work that is done in the district. Even veteran volunteers will probably learn something new!
- Can I volunteer if I’m under 18 years of age?
We have many teen volunteers. Minors who are interested in volunteering regularly or on an on-going basis must complete a paper application and have a parent or guardian’s signature. Applications should be turned in to the district’s Partnership Volunteer Associate, Heather Aschoff, at email@example.com. One-time volunteers or chaperones for field trips are not required to complete the application, but may be asked to do so by the school or department.
Upcoming Volunteer Events
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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!
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