Educator Programs


We know teachers have plenty on their plate, and it often feels like there are not enough hours in the day to provide one-on-one attention to all the students who could benefit from it. The San Francisco Education Fund’s trained volunteers can help.

We recruit community members who want to make a difference and prepare them to work with teachers and students in schools across San Francisco. Each year. we recruit, train and support over 500 volunteers who are motivated to support you and your students for at least one hour each week.

Volunteers can help in a variety of ways. They can tutor K-12 students one-on-one or in small groups to help build skills in subjects such as math, reading or science. Volunteers can also serve as a student’s mentor, help teachers with classroom projects, support a school’s librarian, provide homework help or work with students on extracurricular activities, such music and art.

Any teacher or school-staff person is invited to submit a request for a volunteer tutor or classroom assistant. You may also submit a request for a volunteer mentor for your student.

How we fill your request

We work with volunteers to determine their availability as well as their interest in the academic subject requested to ensure we match you with the right volunteer.

Have a friend who wants to volunteer in your classroom?

Make sure they attend one of our information sessions and let us know they would like to volunteer in your class. We’ll be sure to send that volunteer to your classroom after their training and clearance is complete.

What are the steps to getting a volunteer?

1. The first step is to figure out what you'd like a volunteer to do for you.

A clear set of expectations is one of the main factors to creating a successful relationship with a volunteer.

2. Submit a volunteer request form.

Any teacher or school-staff person is invited to submit a request.

3. Once we've received your request, we will do our best to fulfill it.

We share your request with newly cleared volunteers. Unfortunately, we typically have more volunteer requests than volunteers, so we cannot guarantee you will be provided with a volunteer.

4. When we find a volunteer who matches your request, one of our coordinators will reach out to you to make an introduction.

You and the volunteer then meet to discuss goals and expectations and plan out how you will work together.

5. If we do not find a match for you during the first semester, one of our coordinators will contact you at the beginning of the second semester to verify if you are still interested in having a volunteer.