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Volunteer opportunities 

With approximately 417,000 students in more than 600 schools, there are many ways you can volunteer to help the Chicago Public Schools.


Whether it is judging a science fair, painting a classroom, coaching a team, or even tutoring and mentoring, if you are interested in becoming a volunteer we can find the right school or project for you. You can become a CPS volunteer in 6 easy steps.

The volunteer process

  • Download and complete the volunteer application.
  • Send all forms to the address provided on the form including the background check. (Please send originals)
  • CPS completes background check and accepts or declines volunteer.
  • School Principal authorizes volunteer.
  • If a match can be found for you, you will be contacted by someone in our office.
  • Volunteer is assigned to a school and begins volunteering.

Ways to volunteer

  • Contact a non-profit agency that trains volunteers and organizes programs.
  • Work with one of our system wide programs such as the Chicago Math and Science Initiative, Early Childhood Education, Science Fair or Academic Decathlon.
  • Volunteer directly with a school of your choice.

Volunteer application

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Directory of volunteer opportunities 



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