Click on the volunteer opportunities listed here to find out which is the right fit for you. Afterwards, you can select the program(s) you are interested in while filling out the volunteer form below.
SPEF’s Books Across Stamford book give-aways are held at various locations. We hold two large book give-a-ways for K-5 students at The Ferguson Library’s main branch in the spring and fall, including storytellers, arts & crafts, and free snacks. We also hold smaller book give-a-ways throughout the year at various locations such as Domus, the Boys & Girls Club, CLC, and Neighbor’s Link. Volunteer responsibilities include set up, registration, book distribution, craft table activities, and clean up. (Done-in-a-day)
Traditional Mentoring Program provides middle school students, who are in need of additional academic and/or social support, with the resources and guidance they need to be successful. Mentors are paired with the same student every week to help foster the development of a meaningful relationship. It is currently the only mentoring program in Stamford that brings mentors directly into Stamford’s public schools and measures the progress students are making. Sessions are weekly from October to May and the students selected to participate are predominantly low-income, minority students. A complete orientation coupled with a step-by-step workbook make it easy for a volunteer to work with the students. Time commitment is approximately 1 hour per week. (On-going for school year).
Leadership Mentoring Program pairs youth from Stamford Public Schools who are in need of additional academic and/or social support with caring and dedicated mentors. The pairs meet outside of school hours, 2 – 4 times per month, to engage in specific activities that are aligned with both of their interests, such as basketball, athletic training at a gym, meeting for coffee, painting/art, and dance. A SPEF Program Coordinator meets with each student to conduct an initial intake, thereby identifying the youth’s needs and interests. The Coordinator then matches the student, who are predominantly economically disadvantaged, with the appropriate mentor, with a goal of building the youth’s confidence, self-esteem and work force readiness over time. (On-going).
Excellence in Education is a special evening, bringing together community members, corporations, school administrators, teachers, parents and other nonprofit agencies to celebrate the power of public education for our students here in Stamford. The night included a presentation of the awards as well as a networking reception featuring a silent auction and a tasting celebration of wine, beer, and specially-selected hors d’oeuvres.
US Day is a full day of interactive activities that build on the new mission of Stamford Public Schools to cultivate productive habits of mind, body and heart. A signature activity within US Day is the MarcUS for Change 5K Walk & Run, which is now in its 6th year and kicks off the day’s festivities including the City’s Annual STEMfest.