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February 10, 2016

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Become a Homework Helper

Homework Help Volunteer assisting students

“It’s been really gratifying to help kids and teens become successful learners.” 

Homework Helper at the Columbia Branch


Help Students Succeed in School!

We are seeking Homework Help volunteers who have a passion for helping K-12 students learn and succeed in school. The 2015-2016 Homework Help service will be provided from Sept. 14, 2015 through June 16, 2016.

Volunteers will assist children and teens with various homework assignments and developing literacy and mathematics skills throughout the school year. Volunteers must be comfortable tutoring students of all ages in small groups and individually on a drop-in basis. The majority of the students who request homework assistance speak a language other than English at home.

Volunteers provide Homework Help once a week when the public schools are in session. Please read the Homework Helper volunteer service description to learn more about available volunteer shifts. You also may be interested in watching a video about our Homework Help service.


Homework Help locations: Beacon Hill, Broadview, ColumbiaDouglass-Truth, High Point, Lake City, NewHolly, Northgate, Rainier Beach and South Park branches. See a map of Library locations.

For more information, contact our Volunteer Services Coordinator at or 206-386-4664. 

Desired Volunteer Qualifications

  • Completion of at least one year of college or vocational school. Must be a high school graduate or have a GED diploma.
  • Experience with youth as a teacher, tutor, volunteer or family member.
  • Considerable patience, flexibility, creativity and a willingness to use a variety of methods to promote understanding with students.
  • Strong English and/or mathematics skills. Understanding of high school mathematics (algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus) is helpful, but not required.
  • Available to be scheduled for a weekly two-hour Homework Help shift when the public schools are in session. Those who cannot make weekly commitments can be scheduled as substitute Homework Helpers at least twice a month.

Volunteer applicants will be asked to authorize a criminal background check by the Washington State Patrol and may be separated from a volunteer assignment based on the results. The Library is unable to place applicants who have assault, abuse, theft or other criminal convictions as Homework Helpers.

Volunteer Application and Orientation Process

Prospective volunteers who submit their application forms in June will be given priority consideration for Homework Help volunteer openings. Additional Homework Helpers will be placed during the summer and when openings occur during the school year.

Interviews will take place in July and early August (and during the school year). New Homework Helpers will be invited to a volunteer orientation and referred to a Library branch for a site orientation. All Homework Helpers are also encouraged to attend at least one of the Seattle Tutoring Coalition's All City Tutor Training sessions in October or February.

Apply Now


Return your signed volunteer application by July 30 to:

Volunteer Services Coordinator
The Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104



Fax: 206-386-4129


Interested in other ways to volunteer? See Volunteer Opportunities.