Organization Description 

Mission:  Springfield School Volunteers (SSV) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to match the resources of the community with the needs of students in Springfield Public Schools (SPS).

Goals: Springfield School Volunteers aims to facilitate learning-focused community involvement in support of the Springfield Public Schools’ goal of ensuring that every child attains a high level of academic achievement.

Placement Description 

  • Mentor: Help students achieve academic and social emotional goals that align with SPS’s Portrait of a Graduate through positive-youth adult relationships in a one-on-one or small group format
  • Read Aloud Volunteer: Read to participating elementary school classrooms once a month and donate books to build classroom libraries (Oct. – Feb.) (SSV provides volunteers with background information on each book and suggestions for engaging the students in a dialogue before, during and after each reading)
  • Skills:
    • Good interpersonal skills 
    • Strong academic ability and desire to teach  
    • Patience with children 
  • Training: SSV provides free training for all of our programs, depending on the program selected a volunteer may be asked to complete additional training. SSV required trainings include:
    • Orientation: Review of SSV policies, volunteer expectations, and helpful tips
    • Successful Approaches to Working with Youth Training: Provides volunteers with helpful information for volunteering with young people

Time Commitment

1 hr/week

How to Get Involved

To become a volunteer, submit a volunteer application and CORI/SORI form along with a copy of a valid government issued ID (license, passport, state ID etc.), or go to

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