Supporters & Partners

Our volunteers are passionate about giving back and making a difference in their community. They come from all walks of life — some are young professionals, soon-to-be teachers, parents of school-age children and retirees — but they all believe in the power of education and strong public schools.

In our history, we’ve placed more than 94,000 volunteers in San Francisco public schools. We currently have more than 500 weekly school volunteers. Meet just a few of our incredible community members.

  • "We All Love Paul" How this retired engineer helps students succeed in STEM
         "We All Love Paul" How this retired engineer helps students succeed in STEM

    Volunteer and retired engineer Paul Ma seems to constantly be in motion. “You rarely see him standing still,” one student says. “He’s a man of words and action; he doesn’t like to stand still.” While that attribute might make it tough to survive a 9-to-5 desk job, it’s perfect for his role as a volunteer in a junior year engineering class at Philip & Sala Burton High School. Read more.

  • Meet Raj and Juan How volunteer mentors and their students enrich each other’s lives
         Meet Raj and Juan How volunteer mentors and their students enrich each other’s lives

    Raj, a volunteer mentor, and Juan, a student at Mission High School, may come from different backgrounds, but together they make a perfect team. Read more.

  • Linda Fawkes Linda spreads empathy and kindness at Drew Elementary
         Linda Fawkes Linda spreads empathy and kindness at Drew Elementary

    Linda, one of the first volunteers to sign up for our Literacy Program, seeks to make a connection with each student she comes across. And it shows. “The students are calmer and more relaxed and so am I,” one teacher said. Read more.

  • “The Kids Love Them” How two volunteers helped a teacher turn her tough year around
         “The Kids Love Them” How two volunteers helped a teacher turn her tough year around

    Not long after the start of 2015-16, a middle school teacher found she was having her toughest year yet. Then two San Francisco Education Fund volunteers were placed in her classroom. Find out what can happen when caring adults team up to help students achieve their best.

  • Get to Know Andy Lesser Because every superhero needs a sidekick
         Get to Know Andy Lesser Because every superhero needs a sidekick

    Since 2005, volunteer Andy Lesser has hosted Mr. Lesser Club in Liz Scotta’s fourth-grade class at Cesar Chavez Elementary School. The club began as a way for her students — many of whom lived in single parent homes with their mom — to spend one-on-one time with a male role model and soon became a rite of passage for all of her students. Read more.