Volunteer in Our Schools

We welcome volunteers who want to use their skills and resources to help our students succeed. There are a number of ways to get involved.

Find a Volunteer Opportunity 

One Time: If you are looking for a one time opportunity, we recommend you use NeighborGood, a searchable database with DC specific volunteer opportunities.

School Day: If you are interested in volunteering during the school day, use the school profiles link to identify schools that may be a good match. Please reach out directly to the schools to explain what you would like to do and when you are available.

After School: If you are interested in volunteering after school, or in the evening, please reach out directly to one of our vetted community based organizations.

Process for Becoming a Volunteer
Volunteers who work directly with students on a regular basis or have the potential to be alone with a student are required to complete the DCPS volunteer clearance process. Volunteers must have a confirmed placement in a DC public school before going through this process.

DCPS does NOT process or fingerprint volunteers placed at charter schools, private schools or non-DCPS sites.

Volunteers are processed and fingerprinted on a walk-in basis on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM. DCPS Central Office is located at 1200 First Street NE—10th floor, Washington, DC  20002, one block from the NOMA/Gallaudet (formerly New York Ave) Metro stop on the redline. 

Volunteer Application

Complete the online application: click here

Note: Starting March 31, 2014, DCPS will no longer accept paper applications for volunteer fingerprinting. While we recommend completing the online application before coming to the office to save yourself time, there will be computers and staff available on the 10th floor to assist with the online application during walk in hours.

Bring the following documents to the DCPS fingerprinting office on the 10th floor.

  • Tuberculosis (TB) Verification: volunteers must show negative results from a skin test, blood test or chest x-ray taken within the last 12 months
  • State issued photo identification: e.g. passport, driver’s license, non-driver’s ID, military ID

If you need additional assistance, please read the FAQ’s or complete this form.

Additional Forms
Potential volunteers under the age of 18 should complete this form: Student Volunteer Application
College/University students who submitted a TB test when enrolling in school can have their health center sign this form: College/University Student – Request to Waive TB Test

Potential volunteers with an active secret or top secret federal security clearance should complete the federal security clearance verification letter in lieu of being fingerprinted with DCPS. The original signed verification form, copy of a state issued photo ID and TB test taken within the last 12 months can be dropped off or mailed to DCPS Volunteer Office—12th floor at 1200 First St. NE, Washington, DC 20002.

PLEASE NOTE: Volunteers for Beautification Day or other one-day service events are not required to complete the clearance process.

Contact Us
1200 First St. NE, Washington, DC 20002 (Directions to Central Office)
Phone: (202) 442-5447
Email: dcps.volunteers@dc.gov
Central Office is conveniently located one block from the NOMA/Gallaudet (formerly New York Ave) Metro stop on the redline.

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