Volunteer Services

The mission of DPS Volunteer Services is to provide resources to the DPS Community that support the engagement of volunteers in ensuring that Every Child Succeeds

Student and Volunteer reading

Depending how often you would like to volunteer, we may require you to complete a volunteer application and background check form. You may select the links to the right to access the necessary forms or contact the Office of Volunteer Services  for more information.

DPS offers employees and community members numerous volunteer opportunities to connect with our students and schools. Volunteer opportunities include:

Chess Club

Chess Clubs are always in need of volunteers. This includes primary mentor-teacher-tutors or assistants who can help with logistics such as equipment or snacks.  Remember any amount of time contributed is welcome, whether that is weekly, every other week, monthly, or ad hoc.  To volunteer, please complete the DPS Volunteer background check found on the website.  For chess training, please contact FACE -Volunteer Services at Volunteer_Services@dpsk12.org or 720-423-3002.  Chess activities day and times vary by school but primarily meet right after, just before or during school hours.

For more information on chess at DPS campuses, please contact the following schools:

Brown International 720.424.9250 Tony
Bryant-Webster 720.424.9170 Joe
Carson 720-424-9090 Russ W.
CEC Early College 720.423.6600 Sean & Darryl
Centennial 720.424.8900 Anne  & Benedict
Colfax Elementary 720.424.8740 Polo & John
Downtown Denver Expeditionary School 720.424.2350 Adam ( & Lisa )
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College 720.424.0420 Michael
DSST: Cole 720.423.9120 Johnny or Phil
DSST: College View 303.524.6374 Jorge & Paul
East 720.423.8300 Daniel
Edison 720.424.7780 Floyd, et al
Florida Pitt Waller 720.424.2840 Fred
Kunsmiller 720.424.0200 James
Lowry 720.424.5910 KwC/Erin & Leyla
Manual 720.423.6300 Nabil
Munroe 720.424.5230 Meghan
North 720.423.2700 Joe
Skinner 720.424.1420 Craig & Rebecca
Southmoor 303.756.0392 Brian & Patricia
Thomas Jefferson 720.423.7000 Brian
Traylor 720.424.3480 Carolyn
Trevista-at-Horace Mann 720.423.9800 Joe
University Park 720.424.3410 Todd
Valdez 720.424.3310 Joe
Vista Academy/STRIVE: GVR 720.423.7650 Gary & Richard C.

Classroom Assistants

Individuals are always needed to assist teachers in helping the classroom run smoothly. Volunteers may lead small group activities, assist in coordinating large-group efforts, and help students individually as needed.

Destination Imagination

Challenging problems are presented to teams of students with a timeline for completion. Team coaches are needed in the spring of each year, along with judges for the competitions. Destination Imagination is a greatly energizing experience for all involved.

FIRST Robotics

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technologydesigns accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology and engineering.

Grant Writing

Schools can utilize the skills of good writers to assist in the pursuit of funds for greatly needed programs that enhance education.


Mentors for specific students with similar interests and abilities can propel students and volunteers to new heights of achievement. Tutorial assistance or the offer of friendship can prepare students for success in ongoing and lasting ways.

Parents on Patrol (POPS)

Parents are needed to keep an eye on activities that occur during school hours in hallways, on playgrounds and in activity areas to assure a smooth and effective day for all.

Reading Partners

Reading Partners empowers you to make a real difference by tutoring students who are reading 1 month to 2.5 years below grade-level. No prior experience is required. Teach fundamental reading skills using our easy-to-follow curriculum, and inspire a love of reading in a student. Tutoring takes place Monday-Thursday, 8AM-4PM at our 14 school locations in DPS and requires only 1 hour a week. Sign up or ask questions at reading partners or call 720-409-9909.

Science Fairs

Students are inspired by adult expertise and imagination in the design and completion of science projects for annual school fairs. Problem solving is always more productive with the help of a friend.

Spanish Language

Many classrooms can utilize additional help from volunteers who have Spanish-speaking ability or other language skills. These individuals can assist students with both Spanish and English language learning in the classroom.

Speakers Bureau

Speakers on various issues are often sought for presentations to students, parents, and staff. Topics include personal interest issues, developmental concerns, career opportunities, motivation, self-esteem, etc.


The Denver Spellbinders program works to build community through storytelling in the schools. Spellbinders provide 20-30 minute storytelling sessions in the classroom, sharing fairy tales, folk tales, literary tales, legends, personal experiences, and other stories of interest. Participation in monthly Spellbinders meetings helps volunteers to hone their storytelling skills and maintain connections with other group members.

New school supplies are always needed for our students and classrooms throughout the year. See the resources and list of items below. For more information, contact Volunteer Services.

  • School/Classroom Supplies:
    • Calculators: basic and scientific.
    • Construction Paper
    • Crayons
    • Dry Erase Markers
    • Graph Paper
    • Highlighters
    • Pencils
    • Pencil Sharpeners
    • Spiral Notebooks
    • Scissors
    • Sticky Notes
  • Furniture – desks, tables, folding chairs, etc.
  • Laboratory Supplies: biology, chemistry, and robotics.
  • Musical Instruments  – Christa Taylor, 720-423-1828
  • Pianos – We are no longer accepting piano donations.  
  • Tools: mechanics or “shop” tools.
  • Toys – new

Denver Public Schools recognizes the importance of creating opportunities for non-school-based staff to connect to our students and all the great things that happen in our schools every day. This connection is important as we continue to strengthen the district and inspire each employee to live the DPS Shared Core Values of Students First, Collaboration and Fun.

DPS C.A.R.E.S. helps us generate excitement for making a difference in the life of a student, increase employee engagement and connect our non-school-based staff directly to our students. Employees choose the volunteer opportunity that best fits their interests.  Employees may choose to participate individually or as a team.

We have identified partner organizations and in-school opportunities.  Volunteer opportunities are listed in the DPS CARES Volunteer Opportunities Directory.  In addition, volunteers may enroll to only volunteer for special events aka Do In A Day volunteer.

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