Volunteer Opportunities 2016-17

Volunteering time to support the students and staff of George School is a wonderful opportunity to connect with other parents and the larger community! Opportunities abound and are broad-ranged, running the gamut from organizing the Opening Days activities to providing baked goods for student events. There are great options for any parent’s schedule.

Visit the Parents Association section of the parent portal to sign up as a volunteer, view the committees you signed up for already, and for a complete list of Parents Association committee members and their contact information.

Ad-Hoc and Budget Committee
Members allocate surplus funds to teacher requests and prepare the Parents Association budget for the upcoming school year. A very rewarding evening. One time event, late April or early May.

Admission Ambassadors Committee
Working in conjunction with the Admission Office, volunteers help prospective families learn more about George School during the admission process. They follow up with families by phone or email after a campus visit and help at Admission campus events, gatherings, and fairs. Events throughout the school year.

Airport Welcome Committee
Most international students travel independently. Sometimes international parents may request help from a George School parent to welcome the student at the airport and drive the student to campus. This committee works in conjunction with the Admission Office.

Book Buy Day Committee
Volunteers would help on the first day of school when students purchase books and other needed items at a designated time in Marshall Center. One time event, Monday, September 5, 2016.

Career Workshop Committee
Committee members plan and arrange speakers for the annual Career Day Workshops in December. Members recruit alumni speakers from various professional backgrounds to make presentations to small groups of students. This is a great opportunity for professional parents to expose students to the many career options available to them. One time event, Monday, December 12, 2016.

Clerical Assistance Committee
The members of this committee are contacted to assist with mailings and other clerical tasks in the Advancement Office throughout the year on an as needed basis. Once signed up as a member, the committee chair will send out email requests when a need arises. This is an ongoing committee, and is a good fit for those who can be available during the day, but require a lot of flexibility.

Commencement Flowers Committee
Commencement is the culmination of the seniors (and their family’s) time at George School. This committee creates the floral arrangements for Commencement Meeting for Worship. Although most of the flowers are provided by the George School community gardens, the committee chair purchases some additional supplies and gathers parent volunteers. One time event, Saturday, May 27, 2017.

Cookie Drop Committee
A favorite of all students! At the end of each term volunteers make three to four dozen homemade sugar or chocolate chip cookies for distribution to all students. The cookie drop usually takes place the Thursday before study weekend. Event in November, February, and May.

Diversity Committee
This faculty, student, and parent committee oversees the school’s mission to value diversity and increase sensitivity to people of various ethnicities, backgrounds, identities, and beliefs. Event monthly throughout the year, September through August.

Drug and Alcohol Coordinating Committee
One parent representative attends about four Drug and Alcohol Coordinating Committee evening meetings a year. The committee reviews drug/alcohol issues, recommends policy, and assists in coordinating additional educational programs. Events throughout the year. By application only to advancement@georgeschool.org.

Fathers Committee
Formed in 2014, the Fathers Committee was created to explore and provide opportunities for fathers to get involved in school activities and issues that impact our children. The committee meets each month and encourages fathers to build community and to actively engage in the Parents Association. Among other activities, this committee plans and generates three to four presentations/discussion groups during the year which address topics focused primarily on being a father as well as service projects for students and parents. We encourage all fathers to join us for regular meetings and to help us further develop our own course of action. Events September through May.

George School Board of Trustees Representative 
One parent serves on the George School Board of Trustees, the school’s governing board, and reports back to the Parents Association. Must attend four of five board meetings. Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2016-17 school year.

Halloween/Valentine’s Day Candy Committee
Volunteers gather to bag candy for delivery to campus mailboxes twice per year. Bagging is usually done on a weekday morning for an hour or two. Event October and February.

Hosting International Students Committee
Parent volunteers host international boarding students during school breaks if students cannot travel home or are unable to make other accommodations. Parents can volunteer to host for part or all of a school break. The dates for breaks are November 17 to 28 (Thanksgiving), December 22 to January 3 (Holiday Break), February 3 to 6 (Midwinter Break), and March 2 to 20 (Spring Break).

International E-Pal Committee
Help parents keep connected! Domestic parents will be matched with international parents so that E-Pals can begin emailing each other in the summer. Event in August.

International Parent Reception Committee
Members attend an afternoon reception in late August for new international families to help welcome them to the George School community. One time event, Monday, August 29, 2016.

Opening Days Committee
Returning parents and students greet, direct, and assist new parents and students as they register during Saturday of Opening Days in August. Some support is needed a few days before Opening Days. Main opening day event is Saturday of opening weekend, with some additional minor support needed on Sunday for greeting returning students and families to campus. Event date: September 3 and 4, 2016.

Parent Annual Fund Committee
The Parent Annual Fund Committee works with the Advancement Office to help secure financial support from fellow parents for the Annual Fund. George School seeks the participation of all current families at a level that is meaningful for their personal circumstance. Last year gifts from parents ranged from $5 to $25,000. The Parent Annual Fund Committee meets a few times per year, participates in parent phonathons in the fall and spring, and occasionally hosts information tables at George School events.

Parent Mentors Committee
In conjunction with the Admission Office these returning parents contact incoming parents in August to make them feel welcome and answer any questions they might have. The relationship will be mostly phone or email-based. One time event, August.

Parent Party Planning Committee
This committee schedules and plans a festive evening party for parents, teachers, and staff during Visiting Weekend in October. Opportunities for additional events may be explored. A wonderful way to meet other parents! One time event, Friday, October 14, 2016.

Student Health and Wellness Center Committee
The Student Health and Wellness Center needs parents to drive boarding students to routine doctor appointments during the day. They also need parents to deliver soup, cards, etc. to students who are in the infirmary for a couple of days. Events throughout the school year, August through May.

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheon Committee
This is a much loved annual event. Committee membership includes the planning and oversight of the event. Parents volunteer to provide their favorite dishes and donate funds for the luncheon. One-time event, Friday, March 3, 2017.

Winter Formal Snack Committee
The committee chair organizes volunteer donations of healthy snacks and baked goods for the winter formal dance. One time event, December.

Some on campus volunteer jobs may require a background check. The Parents Association Executive Committee will alert you if this is required of your position.