Volunteer Details

There are so many ways to Volunteer!!

Are you a High School student who wants experience with community service and volunteerism? Contact us! Or apply here: High School Service Application 2015-2016

Volunteer during after-school homework centers – high school students help elementary school students complete homework assignments. High school students also help teachers in their classrooms after school by grading papers, preparing materials, and other clerical tasks. High School Students help us also in Childcare Centers, Boys and Girls Clubs, our Summer Camp Programs and more. Please contact our office for more detailed information, psv@pacificasd.org

Weekly volunteers: Adult Volunteers work with children one on one or in small groups, helping them with reading, math or other classroom activities. We provide an orientation for all new volunteers, and math and literacy trainings for volunteers who choose to help in these subjects. Time commitment: 1-2 hours a week for a semester or more.

Read Aloud Days: In celebration of books and literacy, we hold Read Aloud Days at Sunset Ridge Elementary and Ortega Elementary. For these, community members are “Guest Readers” who visit classrooms and share their chosen story or read a book chosen by local librarians with children. Our Read Aloud Days are usually held in fall and spring; please refer to our Event Calendar or contact our office. Time commitment: 1 hour.

Oceana High School Senior Exhibition: In collaboration with the Pacifica Chamber of Commerce, we recruit volunteers to assist in evaluating Oceana High School senior projects. This project involves reading the student’s research paper, attending training and the student’s oral presentation, and, finally, assisting the teacher in evaluating the project. Time commitment varies, at least 8 hours.

ThinkBridge Summer Camp: Each June-July, Pacifica School Volunteers hosts ThinkBridge Summer Camp, encouraging young people age 6-12 to think, create, and innovate. Adult and high-school Volunteers work as support staff, helping campers in four subject areas, namely Thinking, Music, Strategic Games, and a STEM robotics and computing lab. Time commitment varies, all volunteers are asked to commit to at least two weeks. Camp runs every morning for approx. 4 hours.

Short-term Volunteers: We also place art, music, physical education, and drama volunteers in the classroom to enrich the education of children with less exposure in these areas. This can be a short series of visits. Time commitment: 1 hour a week for a month.

Help with Special Events: Volunteers are needed to work behind the scenes preparing for events such as sorting books for book sale, stuffing envelopes for direct mail piece, etc.

To make the experience as rewarding as possible, we make every effort to accommodate preferences you have, such as the age of the children you will be helping, or subject areas you prefer. If you have other ideas for volunteering, we’ll be happy to discuss them.

 Call (650) 355-9432 or  psv@pacificasd.org for more information.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Other information:

• Most volunteers are placed in the Sunset Ridge Elementary School in the north/hilltop of Pacifica, or Ortega Elementary in the south/back valley part of Pacifica.
• All our schools have plenty of parking, and are 10-15 minutes from San Francisco.
• To make the experience as rewarding as possible, we make every effort to accommodate preferences you may have, such as the age of the children you will be helping, or subject areas you prefer. If you have other ideas for volunteering, we’ll be happy to discuss them.