Volunteer Opportunities

In addition to its established programs, Williams Elementary Outreach supports Williams students, faculty, and staff seeking to volunteer in local schools.

Scroll down for examples of events and activities that WEO helped coordinate.

Big Sibs at Williamstown Elementary

  • Time Commitment: 1-3 hours per week
  • Work Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-3pm
  • Contact: Lindley Wells

Big Sibs is a volunteer mentoring program based at Williamstown Elementary School. This program is for Williams students interested in forming and sustaining a one-on-one relationship with an elementary student. Given the meaningful and positive impact the Williams students have on the elementary school students they work with, we ask that the Williams students think seriously about this commitment before applying. Interested students must commit to a minimum of two semesters. Big Sibs generally meet with their mentee 1-2 times per week for a 45 minute to 1.5 hour period of time, scheduling is flexible and will be determined by the Big Sib and the mentee’s classroom teacher.

Interesting in applying to be a Big Sib? For more information and to view the application and reference forms please visit the BigSibs page here

Spring 2015

  • Professor Lauren Williamson and Williams students visit to Williamstown Elementary School 6th grade classes
    • Taught lesson on pig brain dissection and brain activity for Brain Awareness Week
  • Williams Pre-Law Society visit to Williamstown Elementary School 5th grade classes
    • Taught lesson on Magna Carta and voting rights
  • Williams WISHES visit to Williamstown Elementary School 5th grade classes
    • Taught series of lessons on health and nutrition


Winter Study 2015

  • Williams step group ‘Sankofa’ stepping workshop with Greylock School 6th and 7th graders


Fall 2014

  • Williams College Jewish Association members visit to Brayton School
    • Readings and conversation about Hanukkah
  • Williams lacrosse team visit to Greylock School
    • Reading and conversation about academics and athletics


For more information on how to volunteer in local schools, please contact Jennifer Swoap or Molly Polk.