Become a Volunteer

Your time and experience are valuable to the community. We can match you with a volunteer position that will make the most of both, whether you are able to give an hour per day, per week, per month, or per year.


Regularly scheduled, weekly in-classroom assistance is our most commonly requested volunteer position. These volunteers are matched with a classroom for the period of a school year and provide an extra set of hands, eyes, and ears to their partner teachers. More often than not, these teacher/volunteer relationships continue year-to-year as the relationship grows. 


Specialized placements offer volunteers with a particular area of expertise or interest the opportunity to participate on an episodic basis – assisting in specialized events, like a spelling bee or science fair or lending their unique knowledge to lesson plans and lectures. The wealth of experiences that our volunteers bring to the S.A.G.E. program is what makes it so unique and effective.


Extra-curricular club and activity placements let volunteers showcase their talents and hobbies with the students – from Scrabble and chess to knitting and gardening. Our volunteers open up new worlds to the students with whom they work.


Col. Steven Abel, S.A.G.E. volunteer  
Lisa Bachman , 1st grade teacher, Goodnoe Elementary School

Retired Col. Steven Abel spent 27 years in the Army, served as the NJ Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, and spent five years at Rutgers University where he founded a department to care for the university's veterans. However, he was transported right back to his student teaching days the moment he stepped foot back in the classroom.

I absolutely love working with the third grade class at Hillcrest.  We work on reading comprehension.  I especially enjoy the fact that I work with the entire class, either in pairs or just one individual. 


—  S.A.G.E. volunteer