Increasing Volunteerism

Increasing Volunteerism

The tools and resources included in this module are aimed at improving recruitment, training, and schedules to engage families as volunteers and audiences at the school and other locations to support students and school programs. Increasing volunteerism requires the use of strategies and structures that welcome and value the talents and time of families.

A volunteer is not only someone who comes to school during the school day, but also anyone who supports school goals and children's learning and development in any way, at any place, and at any time.

Key Findings

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Tapping into the skills and expertise of parents, families and community members can:

  • help schools to meet academic goals and student needs
  • provide a positive learning environment to show that the community cares about what goes on in its school
  • encourage families to feel valued and welcome
  • involve ways that do not require them to be at school during school hours

Make it Positive: Create chances for families to volunteer and use their skills and interests. Explain the roles and responsibilities of volunteers and how their involvement helps students. Remember, if their experience is fun, the volunteer will want to repeat it. (Sander and Lowney 2003)

Make it Practical: Keep volunteer activities focused on student learning.

Make it Personal: Contact families personally. Create an environment and experiences that help volunteers connect with one another through friends and acquaintances. Welcome them and find ways to connect them to what is going on at school.