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Volunteer in Paradise

Volunteer in Paradise (VIP), an award-winning program that invites members of the community to support students by providing one-on-one and small-group tutoring in reading and math. Supporting high expectations, academic achievement, and a culture of growth.

VIPs partner with teachers to provide student support in areas like reading and math instruction. Students in the program receive in-person or virtual academic support from dedicated VIP tutors during the school day or after school. These VIPs, who make a meaningful difference in a child’s education, receive a minimum of eight hours of training.

Become a VIP Today!

Do you have a passion for giving back? Are you interested in helping students succeed? If so, the Volunteer in Paradise program is for you.

PVSchools is looking for dedicated, high-quality volunteers who are seeking meaningful opportunities to make a difference. Volunteer tutors, proven to make an impact on academic achievement, are needed in all subject areas from kindergarten through 8th grade. 

Our volunteers;

  • Work one-on-one or with small groups of students with the goal of increasing their academic achievement.
  • Receive professional training to prepare for working in a classroom.
  • Develop a supportive working relationship with teachers.
  • Meet new friends through continuing education seminars and socials.


  • Volunteer at least one day per week with a predetermined schedule.
  • Work up to 10 hours per week during school hours.
  • Commit to the entire academic school year ending in May.
  • Complete and pass a fingerprint background check.
  • Attend a volunteer orientation and two half-days of professional training.

Sign up today for one of the monthly orientations to get started.

Sign Up for Volunteer Orientation

Points of Light Certification

Achieving the Points of Light certification signifies that VIP has the capability and management expertise to strategically use volunteers to improve the performance of the organization. VIP joins the top 11 percent of nonprofits nationwide in volunteer management and organizational performance, making PVSchools the only school district with a program in Arizona to hold this prestigious distinction. The rigorous process took 12 months to complete, and entailed partnering with Arizona State University's Lodestar Center, which provided coaching and training to the VIP Administrator and the Leadership Team. VIP will be up for recertification in 2024.


Frequently Asked Questions

VIP in the News

Share the Love by Joining VIP

Read about how a husband and wife couple strengthen their bond through VIP.

Daily Point of Light Awarded to VIP Cathy McKeever

Read about Cathy McKeever's Point of Light Award for her support of PVSchools students and teachers.

Ready to grow its impact, Volunteer in Paradise turned to the Service Enterprise Initiative

Read the Service Enterprise Initiative-featured article on Arizona State University's Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation website.

Volunteer in Paradise Goes Virtual to Support PVSchools Teachers and Students

Read the article on AZEDNEWS.

Volunteers in Paradise College Corps - Partnership with PVCC

Read the Cronkite News article.



Start Making a Difference! Contact Volunteers in Paradise

If you would like to learn more, please contact Marisha Geraghty, VIP Specialist, at (602) 449-2053.

Points Of Light Seal
Points of Light awarded the Volunteer in Paradise program a Service Enterprise certification in 2021. Joining the top 11% of nonprofits nationwide in volunteer management and organizational performance, VIP is the only school district program in Arizona to hold this prestigious distinction.