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Volunteer Opportunities

Our students and families are insightful, energetic, and deserving of the resources that will ensure their best future. Below are some opportunities for you and your organization to be a part of the growth and achievements of TFS and those we serve.  We request that you communicate your interest 90 days in advance of the proposed engagement.

Help to staff events: Volunteers are needed at 4-5 events that TFS runs annually.

  • Literacy Night:  November/December; 5-10 volunteers run tabling activities for students and their parents; help with set-up and clean-up.
  • Math and Science Night:  February/March; 5-10 volunteers run tabling activities for students and their parents; help with set-up and clean-up.
  • End of Year Carnival and Cookout:  June; 5-10 volunteers run tabling activities for students; help with set-up and clean-up.
  • Career explorations:  July; volunteers host educational field trips at their organization’s facilities or visit our site to speak to students; offer advice at a workshop for parents; mock interviews with students.
  • Annual fundraiser:  September; 10-20 volunteers help with set-up and clean-up, registration, Family Zone activities, and special guests.

Skilled volunteering and organizational support: Your professional talents and skills are invaluable to nonprofits like ours. We encourage you to inquire about vacancies on our Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Council. In addition, we are always looking for volunteers to help with special projects such as:

  • Human resource policy guidance
  • IT planning
  • Communications strategies
  • Facilities maintenance

Fundraising and in-kind donations

  • Donate to TFS through your workplace giving program.
  • Select TFS as the beneficiary of a charity auction or event fundraiser.
  • Sponsor our annual fundraising event.
  • Donate STEAM supplies, books, school supplies, or laptops to enhance our classroom experience.

On site volunteers: Bring your time and talents to our headquarter facility in Deanwood or one of our five program site schools

  • Office Helper: Help our program and office staff complete administrative tasks like filing, data entry, and organizing materials.
  • Activity Specialist: For those who have a special talent or skill in the arts, sciences, or technology, we need short-term instructors to teach new skills or help our instructors create new, exciting projects.


Background checks:  The safety of our students is our highest priority. Volunteering at The Fishing School is not only a great way to connect with your community and foster leadership opportunities; it is also a chance to have a long-standing positive impact on our nation's greatest asset - our youth. In order to protect our students and comply with the requirements of DCPS and some of our funders, volunteers who choose to engage with students must complete all of the following steps two weeks before the event:

For individuals:

  • Complete application form:  Volunteer Application
  • Regular volunteers must provide proof of negative TB test and fingerprints
  • Attend orientation and training

For groups:

  • Provide a copy of a negative TB test which has been taken within the last calendar year.
  • Provide results from either DCPS or an FBI fingerprinting service.
  • Complete TFS’ internal Hire Authority screening form.

Next steps:  Contact Director of Development and Communications Elizabeth Spagnoletti ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 202-399-3618 ext. 280).