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Volunteer Programs

CPS welcomes parents and community stakeholders who wish to contribute their valuable time and talents to enriching the academic experience of our students.

Volunteer activities offer parents and community members opportunities to engage with their local school and support student learning. These experiences are mutually rewarding to students, parents, partners, and schools.

We offer two different levels of volunteer involvement and commitment:

  • Examples of Level I Volunteers
    • Overnight field trip chaperones
    • Mentors
    • Tutors
    • Coaches
    • Non-supervised classroom assistants
  • Examples of Level II Volunteers
    • Day field trip chaperones
    • Assistants in schools with administrative duties
    • Other volunteer activities in contact with students while supervised

To donate, please email or call (773) 553-FACE.

Volunteer Application Process

Prospective volunteers must register with Family and Community Engagement (FACE) by completing the required CPS volunteer application forms and satisfying the requirements of the applicant review process.

As part of the application process, you will receive an email asking you to complete a background check and submit the report. CPS pays the fee for the background check. Background checks are run annually for returning Level 1 volunteers.

You will also be asked to submit TB test results that are less than two years old. We will provide information about where you can be tested. CPS does not cover the cost of the TB test.

Volunteers who plan to return for the following school year must notify their school by July 1. Returning volunteers do not need to submit new applications annually. 

For questions about the volunteer opportunities and your application, please email or call 773-553-1544.

Volunteer Application

View applications for both current and new volunteers.

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View volunteer coordinators


Corporate Volunteers

If your company or organization is interested in doing a large group volunteer project, please visit Children First Fund for information.