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Volunteer in Our Schools

Photo of volunteer working with students in a classroom

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 DCPS Partner Directory of vetted community based organizations.

Complete the Volunteer Clearance Process

*Note: The DCPS Fingerprinting Office will be closed November 26, November 27, and from 12 pm - 5 pm on December 31. No volunteers will be processed during these times.*

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.

Starting November 1, 2015, volunteers may be processed and fingerprinted on a walk-in basis Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 5 pm and Fridays from 8 am - 3 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 red line.

For answers to frequently asked questions, see Volunteering FAQs. For additional questions, contact HR Answers at (202) 442-4090 or hranswers@dc.gov.

Volunteer Application

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.

Exceptions

  • Volunteers for one-day service events are not required to complete the clearance process. 
  • Potential volunteers under the age of 18 should complete this form: Under 18 Years Old 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.