Our Sister's School

145 Brownell Ave, New Bedford, Ma 02740, Usa
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Our mission Our Mission, as an independent, tuition-free, non-sectarian middle school, is to educate and inspire economically disadvantaged girls from the New Bedford area. Our Sisters' School empowers girls to step into the future with valuable life skills and a mindset of achievement and excellence by providing a safe, supportive, and academically challenging environment.
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Teacher Mentor

OSS encourages volunteers who were teachers or curriculum specialists to consider becoming a mentor to a member of the faculty. OSS is fortunate to have professional teachers and AmeriCorps Volunteer Teachers; each staff member seeks to grow and be the best at their occupation. Support new AmeriCorps teachers; inspire professional teachers; help create lessons; grade homework; work on rubrics; research educational trends; help OSS align with standards of best practice.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Sports Volunteer

Help us stay fit, practice teamwork, learn strategies and new skills. Come be an assistant coach in our fitness classes or run a club based on sports.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays

Academic Coach

Monday to Friday you can assist students with homework and organizational skills.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays

Advancement Volunteer

If your career was in business, marketing, fundraising, perhaps you would like to lend your expertise to raise awareness of OSS in the community, facilitate community partnerships, write an article about OSS for publicity, write grants for the school, or assist with the school's magazine.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Library Volunteer

We need volunteers who like to organize, catalog, cull, curate, make displays, guide girls in choosing books, and might want to secure further library donations.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays

Arts Volunteer

Artists, former art teachers, those who enjoy crafts and people who are willing to help in the classroom, come lead a club or just lend an extra set of hands during our busy days.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays

Foreign Language Volunteer

Do you speak Portuguese, Spanish, Creole? Our girls have family members who benefit from practice speaking in a group. Some girls speak Spanish as their native language so perhaps you could organize or join a conversation club, a chance to read books in Spanish. 12:30 to 1:15PM every day or could be limited to Mondays and Fridays.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Skilled
  • Weekdays

Office Volunteer

Volunteering in the Front Office will make our days go smoothly! Phones ring, visitors check in, students and families come to the Front Office first! Be the smiling face to extend a welcome greeting to each person or field phone calls and take messages as the busy school days unfold.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays

Morning Speaker

The girls will focus on your messages as their Morning Speaker. Be ready for observations, questions, and shooting stars of approval. Dozens of South Coast (even West Coast!!) friends have spoken with our girls over the years. Know that OSS believes our friends can inspire the girls to think big, act responsibly and achieve greatness in their years ahead.
  • One-time, Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • None
  • Weekdays

Club Leader Volunteer

If you are willing to share a fun learning experience with others and also possess a willingness to guide a group of 4-10 girls, setting up a “club” is for you! Chess, writing, yoga, guitar, simple cooking, stained glass, language, dance, video, tech… Clubs meet Fridays at 3-4 PM.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • None
  • Weekdays

Music Teacher Volunteer

Teach and inspire young artists to play the recorder, guitar, keyboard, violin, a wind instrument or drums OR any other instrument you are familiar with. Friday mornings from 8:40 to 9:40AM.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Skilled
  • Weekdays
How you help Currently more than 120 volunteers give over 4,000 hours every year to be an academic coach, organize and lead a club activity, help in the library, greet visitors at the front desk, or mentor teachers or help with girls learning Spanish or Portuguese. The possibilities are endless-- we welcome your talents and ideas!
About us Our Sisters’ School opened in 2008 as a tuition-free, non-sectarian, independent school for girls from low-income families. In our 10th year, we continue to educate and inspire girls in grades 5 to 8 from the Greater New Bedford area to reach their full potential in a safe, supportive and challenging environment. The School’s name honors New Bedford’s storied history of women, called Sister Sailors, who joined whaling expeditions in the early 1800s. Experiential and in-depth learning activities in our classes help our students develop excellent skills for success in high school, college and beyond.
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