Getting Involved - Volunteer Opportunities
Socials (for children, families, or parents) - May include activities such as Breakfast Social, Halloween Social/Dance, Valentine’s Day Ice Cream Social, Family Game Night, Mom’s Night Out, Parent Social, etc. Socials similar to these will occur throughout the school year. New ideas for social events are always welcome and can be presented at any HSA meeting or to your specific class parent. Responsibilities include: assist in creating and distributing flyers; sell tickets; select decorations; set-up; clean-up; work at event.
Ceremonies - May include Grade 8 Ring Ceremony, Graduations, etc. Assist with organization; set-up; clean-up; refreshments.
Family Picnic - Simple gathering with minimal preparation to welcome (back) all families. Responsibilities include: applying for park permit; plan games; make flyers; greet; clean-up for this event.
Breakfast/Lunch with Santa - An annual holiday event held on a Sunday in conjunction with the Book Fair; Santa visits. Responsibilities include: set-up; decorate; perform kitchen duties; sell ticket/raffles; plan and carry out children’s activities; clean-up.
Book Fair - An annual event, this sale is generally in December and is held during school hours and on a Sunday after Family Mass in conjunction with the Breakfast with Santa. Set-up; help students make selections; reorder; collect payments; box all remaining books.
Barnes and Noble Gift Wrap — A community service and public relations event at Barnes and Noble on East 86th Street, where student and parent volunteers wrap holiday gifts, promote the school and provide a service for the local community.
Holiday Store - A mini-store is set up during the school day to provide an opportunity for students to purchase inexpensive gifts for family and friends; store runs in December. Order; set-up; assist students in purchases; clean-up; pack-up.
Grandparents’ Day - A day to celebrate grandparents, which includes a welcome reception and classroom activities. Assist teachers with communication to families, assist with the planning and set-up for the day, help with hosting and event breakdown.
Street Fair - One of our major fundraisers of the school year, held usually the Saturday before Memorial Day weekend, and one that needs tremendous support and numerous volunteers. There are many venues in which one can assist. It does not need to be just one family member helping out; we encourage the whole family to participate in this fundraiser. It is all for a good cause - to continue the enrichment of your child’s education and extracurricular activities during their time at St. Joseph’s School - Yorkville and many generations to follow. Sub-Committees needing your support and helping hand are: Baked Goods, Children’s Activities, Food and Beverage, Publicity and Promotion, Raffle Tickets Sales, School Store, Set Up and Clean Up, Tag Sale, Used Book Sale, and Vendor Solicitation.
Solicit Donations - Work with committees to reach out to vendors for donations; write letters of request and thank letters (standard form letters provided); record in a database.
Hospitality - Create an atmosphere where people feel welcome and provide refreshments (i.e., make coffee); set up refreshment table; greet guests; clean up.
Box Tops - Chairperson, class parents, and volunteers collect and count Box Tops and Little Bites pouches as a way to raise funds for our school.
Class Parent (two per class) - Individuals will attend monthly HSA meeting; assist the teacher; communicate classroom and school news from administration/teachers to parents; organize parties; involve other parents in school socials, fundraisers, and activities; support publicity and vendor solicitations of certain events. Responsibilities include call downs to class families upon the request of the administration or teacher when IRIS is unavailable; communicate pertinent school information or news. Most administration can be done at home. Teacher will issue grade-level details.