Why Volunteer in Oakland Schools?
“We have an obligation to our children, to ourselves and to future generations to build great public school systems, because strong schools help form healthy communities. Volunteers play an essential role in not only filling gaps in the system, but in forging the essential bonds that allow school and community to grow in concert.”
Superintendent Tony Smith
At a time when local and state education funding is in peril and public schools face severe budget reductions volunteers are needed more than ever. In just a few hours a week, school volunteers have tremendous power to make a difference in individual students’ lives and in the overall progress of a classroom.
It is widely believed that school volunteers positively impact self-esteem, attitudes, social growth, and communication skills in students. Through school volunteer programs, adults with a wide variety of backgrounds and skill sets are able to provide the kind of personalized attention that students need to succeed.
The volunteer opportunities within our schools provide flexible ways for volunteers to commit as much time as they have available — from one to two hours to several days a week.
"The ultimate expression of generosity is not in giving of what you have, but in giving of who
you are." -Johnetta B. Cole