There's no question about it—our schools are better because of our volunteers. Schools rely on volunteers to help in classrooms, at lunch and recess, and in the office. Volunteers are tremendously helpful with clubs and programs, or assisting with events and fundraisers. Whatever your interests, abilities and available time—whether it's one hour or many hours—we guarantee there's a way you can help.
If you are interested in volunteering in a specific school, check directly with your child's teacher or school administration about opportunities. Click here for school contact info.
Many of our schools have PTAs (Parent-Teacher Associations), PTOs (Parent-Teacher Organizations) and Booster Clubs that have varying degrees of participation in school happenings. To learn more about the Springfield Council PTA, call 744-6769.
Also, some schools may have Site Councils made up of parents and staff members in addition to, or instead of, a PTA/PTO. And many schools have Family Resource Centers that welcome volunteers. The Brattain House welcomes volunteers to help coordinate donations, work in the Clothing X-Change or help out with mobile food pantries. Call 541-744-6769 to find out more.
Here are some other ideas for how you can get involved:
- Springfield Education Foundation
SEF channels hundreds of thousands of dollars into our schools every year with only one paid employee. The foundation relies on regular support from its board members as well as other community members who help coordinate events and assist in outreach and a variety of administrative tasks. Call 541-726-3243 to learn more.
- Gift of Literacy/Battle of the Books
The day-long Gift of Literacy celebration each May calls on a number of volunteers to help with setup, to help students with transitions or to read to students. But this is actually the culmination of a months-long process, overseen by a largely volunteer committee. Additional volunteers are needed throughout the year to help with administrative tasks, book sorting, etc. Call 541-747-3331 to find out more.
Many parents and community members serve as team coaches for Battle of the Books, a program that inspires kids to read outside of class in the spirit of healthy competition. Contact individual schools to find out more.
- SMART: Start Making a Reader Today
SMART readers volunteer as little as an hour a week to read to and with children during the school day. The kids love the extra time spent with a caring adult, and they get extra time to work on their literacy skills. For more information, visit the website or call 541-726-3302. Click here to apply.
- Volunteer through your Rotary Club or the Springfield Chamber of Commerce. These organizations provide invaluable help in our schools throughout the year.