Welcome Volunteers

Thank you for your interest in volunteering in Baltimore County Public Schools. Our schools depend on volunteers and value their contributions to enhance the programs and services provided for students. Volunteers are important members of Team BCPS and help our professional staff sustain effective learning environments, enrich the education and experiences of students and build critical partnerships to increase achievement for all students. Volunteers are essential to the educational process, as they bring knowledge and skills into our schools and strengthen classroom instruction.

VOLUNTEER INSTRUCTIONS:

All volunteers must complete the volunteer application and participate in an orientation/training session annually.

Step 1: Complete the BCPS Application for Volunteer Services.

Step 2: Attend a scheduled BCPS volunteer training at any school or complete the online volunteer orientation.  You will be provided with a certificate once you successfully complete the training.    

Step 3:  Submit the application and the valid training certificate to the school in which you intend to volunteer.  Volunteers may provide hard copies or the documents may be emailed to the school volunteer coordinator.  Both documents must be submitted at the same time to be accepted and reviewed by the school staff.

Once the application is reviewed and training has been verified, volunteers may be placed by schools and offices according to identified needs to perform tasks that support our established goals.

Goals of the BCPS Volunteer Program

  • Expand parental involvement and engagement strategies to meet the unique needs of all families in the school communities.
  • Acknowledge parents and community members as important partners in the education of all students.
  • Strengthen the relationship between schools and parents, guardians and community stakeholders through meaningful service opportunities.
  • Support teachers and staff with the implementation of curriculum and school programs.
  • Utilize the knowledge and skills of volunteers to promote student achievement.
  • Offer direct support to students needing additional assistance with assigned tasks.
  • Assist school staff and students with extra-curricular activities, afterschool programs and fundraising opportunities.
  • Provide supervision and direction for students while participating in off-campus learning experiences (field trips).

Types of Volunteer Activities

  • Classroom Assistant - assisting teachers and students with classrooms activities
  • Academic Tutoring
  • School PTA Councils
  • Area Education Advisory Councils
  • Music and Sports Booster Programs
  • Field-trip Chaperones
  • After School Activities
  • Student Mentoring
  • Career Awareness - speaking to students about career pathways and opportunities
  • Clerical/Office/Library support

The Baltimore County Kindergarten Classroom Volunteer Initiative

The Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Baltimore County has partnered with Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) to help our youngest learners through their first year in public school. This opportunity is available exclusively for citizens 55 years old and older. (Learn more from a recent blog entry by the RSVP director.) Interested senior citizens can contact RSVP at 410-887-3101 or visit them online at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/aging/volunteer/rsvp.html.

For additional information about volunteering with Baltimore County Public Schools, please contact Nora Murray in the Office of Family & Community Engagement at 410-887-4329 or by email at cmurray2@bcps.org.

 

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