Volunteer Details


There are so many ways!

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

In 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.

Junior Achievement. Junior Achievement is a non-profit organization that has developed curriculum to educate children on economics, business, and succeeding in global economy. Business and community leaders present the provided curriculum once a week for five weeks. Materials are provided by Junior Achievement; all teachers who wish to have the JA program are aware of the curriculum and wish to add this component to their classroom. Time commitment includes training for the Volunteer of approx 90 minutes, preparation for each lesson 30 min, each lesson 1 hour.

Kick-off to Kindergarten: KTK: Each June-July for 4 weeks, Pacifica School District offers a brief camp to prepare incoming kindergarteners for school in the fall. Adult and high school volunteers help the teacher in the classroom.  Time commitment varies, but we ask for volunteers to commit to at least two weeks. Camp runs each morning for approx 4 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.

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is an elective class at IBL Middle School. The mission of AVID is to support students in order to succeed in a rigorous curriculum. Stepping stone to college by providing tools to succeed in school. PSV recruits volunteers to help with in class tutoring.

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.

Speaker’s Circle: Do you have a skill, experience or knowledge you’d like to share with a range of students across classrooms or at a specific level? We have had a doctor bring in a skeleton to describe anatomy, a historian discussing the Civil War, and a garden club member speaking about native plants. Through our Speaker’s Circle you might share your expertise with children. Time commitment: 1-2 hour.

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.
• We conduct “Lunch and Learn” programs for volunteers as a way for us to learn together, and to give fellow Volunteers a chance to meet each other. As a thank you to our wonderful volunteers, all volunteers are recognized at our Annual Volunteer Recognition Event in May.