Find a Program That’s Right For You
This free event offers a ‘one-stop’ solution that makes it easy for you to find a volunteer program that matches your interests, schedules and abilities.
The ways you can help include volunteering as:
A reading tutor, classroom aide, homework helper, mentor, writing coach, library assistant, playground monitor, help with food and nutrition programs for low-income families, as an instructor for science enrichment, financial literacy and entrepreneurship programs & more.
- Find a program that fits your schedule: The volunteer programs represented at the Fair provide flexible opportunities for you to commit as much time as suits your schedule — from 1-2 hours a week to several hours a week.
- Free Training: In addition, each group at the Fair offers full training for their volunteers.
Volunteering is a great chance to have a fun, rewarding experience, according to one woman who found a great volunteer opportunity at a previous Fair: “Many of the kids hugged and thanked me on the last day this past week. What a treat! I work part time and still have time to do this.”
In all, approximately 30+ school and communiy-based non-profit agencies will be on hand to share information about the programs they operate within Oakland public schools and in other settings.
You Can Make a Real Difference for a Child
As one example, Reading Partners, an Oakland-based agency participating at the Fair, reports that students receiving only 30 hours of literacy tutoring through their program on average jump an entire grade level in reading skill.
What Those Who Have Attended Past Fairs Have to Say
The Fair was a great opportunity to talk with a lot of organizations and pick one that suited my interests and availability.
The tutoring experiences that followed have been very gratifying.
– Joe Nance
Working one-on-one with students is tremendously rewarding.
They appreciate the attention and encouragement and we coaches feel we are truly making a difference in a young person’s life.
– Dale Marshall
After learning about the lack of libraries and library staff in our local schools, I chose to volunteer with a newly formed group at the Fair, Friends of the Oakland Public School Libraries (FOPSL), to restore this essential resource.
Now, less than two years later, I am the first Executive Director of FOPSL. Attending the Fair turned my life in a new direction.
– Kari Hatch, M.Ed.
The Fair is hosted by Volunteering For Oakland in association with OUSD and the Mayor’s Office.