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