At Communities In Schools of Chesterfield, we surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Our Site Coordinators work in 13 CCPS schools, alongside teachers and school staff, to remove barriers and help students reach their full potential.

Volunteers are vital to our mission, and we need your help! Below are opportunities broken into two categories: remote ways to support our students, and in-person/virtual volunteer roles. Continue reading to learn more about the ways you can help!

DIY Volunteer Opportunities:

These are “Do it yourself” (DIY) volunteer activities, to be completed at home and then sent to the CIS office. You can view instructions for each of these opportunities by clicking here and scrolling to the DIY volunteer opportunity that interests you!

  • Create DIY Supply Kits! To help equip our students with the tools necessary for learning, we have an easy, at-home opportunity to put together kits full of school supplies. To learn more about this opportunity and sign up, click here.

  • Create calm-down kits for students. We all get worked up sometimes, no matter how old we are. Things like play doh, stress balls, fidget spinners, and Rubik’s cubes are great tools for elementary students who need a few minutes to regroup.

  • Record a video of yourself reading a children’s book in English or Spanish. We want to build a digital “library” of story time videos that teachers can show their students.

  • Create counting kits for pre-k students. These are great resources for students learning their numbers! Beans, beads, marbles, and cotton balls all make great counters.

  • Donate school supplies! Please consider purchasing items to supply our students with what they need to learn in the classroom. You can find the list of needed items here. Prior to purchasing any items, please contact Wendy Lively (see contact info below), as the supplies needed change throughout the school year.


The opportunities listed below are a mix of in-person and virtual volunteer roles. Those that have an asterisk next to them, are in-person and require that the individual volunteer be fully vaccinated (two weeks from second shot). As additional in-person opportunities become available, we’ll update this page.

  • Become a mentor to a CIS of Chesterfield Student! With the 2023-2024 school year back in session, we are accepting applications for in-person, one-on-one mentors. Chesterfield County Public Schools is requiring that volunteers be fully vaccinated prior to entering the schools. We ask that mentors commit to mentoring their mentee for a full school at least and make time at least once a week to meet with their matched student. To sign up to mentor, please complete the mentor form linked below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email our Program Director, Wendy Lively at [email protected] or call our office (804) 717-9305. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@cisofchesterfield), where we share additional ways to support and get involved!

Thank you for your interest in supporting Communities In Schools of Chesterfield!