Helping Hands, Helping Schools: Palm Beach County School District

There is such a diverse need in schools.  Help can be given to teachers by assisting in classrooms,  working with students one-on-one or in small groups, copying, creating bulletin boards, on field day or at special events. Help can be given to students through tutoring or mentoring. Help can be given to office staff, cafeteria, clinic, media centers, and other locations.

We are committed to providing a world-class education with excellence and equity to empower each student to reach his or her highest potential with the most effective staff to foster the knowledge, skills, and ethics required for responsible citizenship and productive careers.

By helping educate and nurture our students, we impact our communities and our world.

The teacher or the volunteer coordinator will provide any training that is needed. A teaching background is not required as volunteers work under the direction of a school’s professional staff.

The qualifications needed to be a school volunteer are only a personal desire to help, a sincere interest in students, an ability to follow school procedures and policies, and a willingness to make a commitment.

Flexible. The volunteer has the opportunity to select the day and time that they are available to volunteer and the school will try to work with that schedule. We only ask that once you make a commitment, that you keep to your assigned schedule since the teachers and staff have planned according to the time that you have agreed to help.

Henry Drummond said, “you will find that as you look back upon your life, that the moments that stand out, the moments when you have really lived, are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.”  Do you realize that what you give these children, the time you spend with them is such a gift? And do you realize what a gift that is for you?  One interesting fact about volunteering that you may not know, studies have shown that people who volunteer are healthier.  And doesn’t it make us feel younger and appreciated?


Deborah Elfen

(561) 434-8789

Area Agency on Aging

Volunteers are needed in Palm Beach County to help in the following capacities:

Application Specialist:

As an application specialist you will be trained to help screen seniors and adults with disabilities identify and apply for 5 core benefit programs for low income Medicare Beneficiaries.

Benefit Programs include:

  •  Medicare Savings Program (MSP)
  •  Medicare Part D Extra Help/Low Income Subsidy Program (LIS)
  •  SNAP/Food Stamps
  •  Medicaid
  •  Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Administrative Help:

Perform various administrative tasks in the West Palm Beach office such as phone calls, photocopies, and filing.

Outreach Events:

Attend scheduled community events. Provide attendees with information and literature to promote the Area Agency on Aging and BEC program.

For more information, please contact Ivette Lopez at 561-684-5885 ext. 59569 or email

To apply for a Volunteer Opportunity, please submit a volunteer application by cutting and pasting this location into your browser:

  •  Be part of an amazing team!
  •  Set your own schedule!
  •  Feel gratification by helping those in need!

Come work with a fun group of people helping seniors!”

The Area Agency on Aging’s website is We are located at 4400 N. Congress Ave. (Near 45th St. and Congress Ave. with easy access to I-95 and Military Trail) in West Palm Beach.

Downtown Delray Beach Visitor Center

Share your knowledge of Delray Beach, our beautiful “City by the Sea,” with our visitors and locals! Our beautiful oceanfront center is open 7 days a week from 9-5. Our volunteers work four-hour shifts, 9 am – 1 pm and 1 pm – 5 pm. If you are outgoing and love to have good conversation, this position is for you! Make a difference to our businesses/attractions of downtown Delray Beach by recommending them to our visitors.

Visitors become knowledgeable and visit all of our Businesses/Attractions.

Training is conducted by the center coordinator, BJ Sklar.

Must by outgoing and personable and have general knowledge of the Delray Beach and surrounding areas.

Available to work a four-hour shift of either 9 am – 1 pm or 1 pm – 5 pm.

A wonderful opportunity for someone who is retired to meet and interact with visitors of all ages from many parts of the country and world!

Please contact BJ Sklar @ 516-359-3805 or at

Building Better Readers Tutor

What:     Tutor three first and/or second grade children, one-on-one, in reading comprehension
Where:   At selected elementary schools throughout Palm Beach County
When:    During regular school hours, effective September 2018
Requirements:   Commitment to tutor two sessions/week, 90 minutes/session
(or team up with another volunteer and each tutors one session/week)
Minimum of 30 tutoring sessions required.

You can help 1st and 2nd grade children become readers by the end of third grade, increasing their chances of success in school.In the four years of this program, over 70% of the students tutored met the goal of being 50% closer to grade level reading than they were at the beginning of the school year.Training is required and provided by the Literacy Coalition and has been designed with the School District of Palm Beach County.
Trainings will be offered in Boynton Beach on Wednesday, August 22 and in West Palm Beach on Thursday, August 30.
Go to to register for training.Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, have transportation and willing to commit to a minimum of 30 90-minute tutoring sessions during the school year.

Schedules are determined by each participating school.  Volunteers select the school and time frame for tutoring.

Volunteers have the opportunity to make  n difference in a child’s life through tutoring and a caring relationship

Contact Jeanne Heavilin at (561) 767-3366 or or visit our website at