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Milwaukee Public Schools is excited to get you- our community members, alumni, local businesses, faith-based organizations and families- involved in making a difference in the lives of students.  Whether you can serve for a day or just a few hours a week, there are many ways to get involved with a school or a district department here at MPS. 

Types of Volunteer Opportunities Offered

School-based Volunteering

MPS offers a variety of opportunities at our local schools including but not limited to mentoring, tutoring, chaperoning field trips, coaching or assisting with school events.  Each school has there own list of opportunities that is specific to their needs. Some opportunities will be on-going while others may be one-time. Volunteers are encouraged to identify a school that is close to their home or workplace and contact the parent coordinator at the school to learn about the opportunities being offered.  Looking for a school to volunteer at in your neighborhood? Use our Find a School tool to locate the MPS school closest to you.

Group Volunteering

Local businesses, churches or other small groups looking for opportunities to serve for a day for just a few hours can engage in one-day events where they can do a variety of activities including reading to students, indoor/outdoor beautification (planting flowers, painting murals, classroom organization etc) or provide job readiness assistance. MPS community partners who are looking for workplace opportunities can engage in district drives to support students with school supplies, hygiene products and winter apparel/accessories. Groups interested in learning more should email martta2@milwaukee.k12.wi.us. 

How do I apply to be a volunteer?

MPS has an on-boarding process for individuals serving for one-time opportunities and on-going opportunities. These processes are dependent on the amount of time a volunteer will spend with their assigned role.  Review more information on the application process  and other useful volunteer resources below in our FAQ:

Frequently Asked Questions

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  Steps to apply to be an MPS Volunteer

MPS has two types of on-boarding processes for volunteers that is dependent on the amount of time they are serving. Some volunteer opportunities are one-time while others are on-going. Before completing a process, contact the parent coordinator at your desired school or other MPS Department to receive a volunteer assignment.

One-Time Volunteer Process

Who completes this process? Volunteers who serve for one-time opportunities (i.e.  chaperone for a day fieldtrips, school event helper, presenter for career day etc.)

Step 1: Complete the Volunteer Waiver Form and submit to the supervising staff for your assigned opportunity.*

Step 2: Participate in provided training or orientation for assignment as needed.

Step 3: Complete the One-Time Volunteer Hours Submission Form after serving for the school activity or event.

*If you have not been assigned to an opportunity, please do not complete the Volunteer Waiver Form. Contact the school you are interested in first to learn what options you have.

 

On-going Volunteer Process

Who completes this process? Volunteers who serve on a regular basis (i.e. M,T, W etc.) or for more than 5 hours a week.

You will be required to upload proof of vaccination or a completed  COVID-19  Medical Accommodation  or Religious Accommodation form to your volunteer application. If needing access to your COVID-19 vaccination records, go to the Wisconsin Immunization Registry at https://www.dhfswir.org/PR/clientSearch.do?language=en. 

Step 1: Contact your MPS site of interest to learn about the volunteer opportunities being offered and confirm your volunteer assignment and start date. If you already have an assignment, go to step 2.

Step 2: Complete online volunteer application

Step 3: Await approval email.

Step 4: Activate your volunteer VicNet account to access the volunteer handbook ,volunteer agreement form and volunteer placement form.

Step 4: Upload your signed Volunteer Agreement Form & Placement Form to your VicNet account.

Step 5: Track your volunteer hours in your VicNet account.

  How long does the approval process take?

Individuals signing up  for a one-time opportunity are approved to start their volunteer assignment once they have been given permission by a school staff (i.e. principal, parent coordinator etc) and have submitted their Volunteer Waiver Form

 

The online application process for individuals signing up for an on-going opporutnity will take 5-7 business days.

  Background Checks, Social Security Numbers & Vaccination Requirements
  • Background checks are only conducted for individuals who are serving on an on-going basis and will likely have unsupervised contact with students (i.e. tutor, overnight fieldtrip chaperone, classroom assistant.)
  • The online application requires a SSN to be entered. If you do not wish to provide this information, you will need to enter all zeros in this field. (Ex. 000-00-0000)
  • If you are vaccinated, you must upload proof of vaccination to your application. If you are not vaccinated, you will need to complete a medical or religious accommodation form and upload it to your application for submission. 
  • As of May 1, 2023,  individuals approved for medical or religious accommodations are no longer required to be tested for COVID-19 each week they serve.

 

 

  Volunteer VicNet Account Activation

If  serving on an on-going basis, you will be provided with a VicNet account. You will use this account to upload your signed Volunteer Agreement  and Volunteer Placement Forms. You will also use this account to log your volunteer hours. Review the steps below to activate your account:

  1. Go to the VicNet website at https://bit.ly/vicnetvolunteeraccount .  
  2. Enter your email address you used on your application.
  3. Enter the temporary password provided in your approval email or request for a new password. If requesting a password, check your email address for a message from Volgistics.  This may take several minutes.
  4. Access the required volunteer documents and upload them to your account.

If you encounter any issues activating your account, contact volunteer@milwaukee.k12.wi.us.

  MPS goals for utilizing VicNet

Benefit to MPS

  • Support schools work in keeping students safe by providing up-to-date lists of volunteers and their background check status
  • Provide schools the ability to view their volunteers interest and availability to help assign them to the right volunteer opportunity

Benefit to Volunteers

  • No more paperwork- online application
  • Volunteer applies only once
  • Volunteers have a quick and easy way to submit and track their hours
  What do I have to do if I would like to renew my application?

Volunteers who wish to renew their application for the upcoming school  will only need to complete the Volunteer Renewal Form at https://forms.gle/o1jCep1bhZEYnb1C9. Volunteers who renew should not  complete another application.

  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.

 
 
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