Volunteer

Most Communities In Schools volunteer opportunities are located on a school campus. Volunteers are matched based on interest with a student or groups of students during the school year, beginning in the fall and continuing until the end of the school year. To become a Communities In Schools of Jacksonville volunteer, please first complete the CIS Volunteer Form!

Reading Buddies
Students who are behind in reading levels by third grade are more likely to drop out of school before graduating. Reading Buddies volunteers, come into one of our 13 elementary schools once a month and provide extra support and encouragement to students by reading to a group during morning academics. We welcome volunteers to sign up via volunteer@cisjax.org

Requirements:
– 1 hour training
– Duval County Public School Background Check

Career & Success Coach 
Support students by helping them get ready for the next steps after high school. Career & Success Coaches work with students once a month on college and career preparation including speaking with students about careers, resume building, mock interviews, assisting with filling out job or college applications and connecting with students to help them prepare for life after high school.We welcome volunteers to sign up via volunteer@cisjax.org

Requirements:
– 1 hour training
– Duval County Public School Background Check

Guest Speaker 
Share your professional experience with students varying from elementary, middle and high school and also the importance of staying on the path of graduation. Guest Speakers are welcomed in any of our 37 school sites. For details please email volunteer@cisjax.org

Requirements:
– 1 hour training
– Duval County Public School Background Check

SmartKids
Our afterschool program is on-site at 35 elementary and middle schools throughout Jacksonville. Volunteers are needed to work with elementary and middle school students in a lively, fun and enriching afterschool environment. Volunteers engage students in academic support, activities, and serve as positive role models. We welcome volunteers to sign up via volunteer@cisjax.org

Requirements:
– 1 hour training
– Duval County Public School Background Check and Local Background Check
– Must be able to commit 2x monthly for a full academic school semester (Elementary Afterschool program runs from 3pm-6pm Monday-Friday and Middle School Afterschool Program runs from 4pm-7pm Monday-Friday)

Organize a Drive for Students In Need
Work with friends, co-workers, or an organization to collect items for students in need. If you are interesting in a drive, please contact us at volunteer@cisjax.org and we would be happy to work with you on creating a flyer or other materials as needed. The most needed items are: 

  • Sock, underwear, belt drive
  • Hygiene kit drive & assembly
  • School supplies
  • Books (new or gently used)
  • Gift card drive
  • Comfort kit drive and assembly

Our Impact:

  • Helping Jacksonville students for more than 27 years
  • Located in 37 Duval County Public Schools throughout Jacksonville
  • Help over 7,500 students
  • 91% of our students were promoted to the next grade level
  • 95% of CIS seniors graduated

Contact Us: 

volunteer@cisjax.org

904-366-6350

CIS Volunteer Form