Events and Volunteering
Volunteering is a cornerstone of many St. Patrick’s parents' experience. Whether you’re able to give a lot of time or a little, there are opportunities of every shape and size to fit your schedule and interests.
The Development Office is not just a work space for the advancement staff, but a welcoming home for all parents who are interested in volunteering, purchasing logowear for their children, sitting for a few moments to catch up on emails—or just grabbing a soda. Here, we will work with you to find the exact volunteer opportunity that will engage your interests and talents.
Parents get to know each other as they inflate balloons for Family Fun Day, plan the Auction to Benefit the Financial Aid Program, or manage the Book Fair. The Development Office and Parent Volunteer Center is a great place to meet other St. Patrick's families. We always need volunteers for our events and in our classrooms. Below is a sample of the volunteer opportunities available:
- Admission Ambassadors
- Annual Fund Coordinators & Callers
- Art Assistants
- Auction Volunteers
- Library Assistants
- Phil DuSault Publishing Center Volunteers
- Science Lab Volunteers
- The Admission Office encourages current St. Patrick’s parents to be a part of the admission process by welcoming prospective and new families to our community, answering questions and offering parent insights, and attending Admission events.
- Open House and Reception Dates:
- Admission Parent Program on Saturday, October 21, from 9:15 am – 11:45 am
- Admission Parent Program on Friday, November 17, from 9:30 am – 11:30 am
- Admission Parent Program on Monday, January 8, from 9:00 am – 11:00 am
- Reception for Newly Accepted Parents on Wednesday, March 7, 9:30 am
- New Parent Reception on Wednesday, May 2, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
- Volunteer Duties:
- The Admission Parent Programs and New Parent Receptions are opportunities for applicants or newly admitted families to ask questions and gain rich insights about our school programs and community. Our parent volunteers may be asked questions or their opinions during a tour or question/answer session.
- The Buddy Family Program is intended to match a new family with a current family whose child would be in the same grade. The Buddy Family makes an introductory phone call, sets up play dates prior to the beginning of the school year, and makes itself available to answer questions during the summer and into the year.
- General administrative support (e.g., preparing admission materials/packets for fairs) may be requested on an as-needed basis.
- Contact: Caroline Mullaney at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Annual Fund is St. Patrick's top philanthropic priority, and serving as a volunteer is a meaningful way to support St. Patrick's and our students and faculty who benefit from the Annual Fund each and every day. Volunteers will be trained to engage with fellow parents to encourage participation in the Annual Fund. The primary responsibility of this role is outreach via phone and email on your own time, which makes it a flexible volunteer opportunity as well as a wonderful way to connect with other members of the Day School community.
- The Art Department welcomes volunteers to assist faculty as they guide students in their art work and discoveries.
- Commitment: Ongoing, as needed
- Volunteer Duties: Volunteers work with individual students and/or small groups during class time to repeat directions and provide support. Volunteers are also asked to assist with set-up/clean-up. Most often the need if for help with short-term special projects. No specific art skills required.
- Art Faculty Contact: Elizabeth Markowitz at email@example.com
The funds raised from the Auction support the Financial Aid Program, which helps foster a more inclusive and diverse community at St. Patrick’s. This annual event includes a silent auction and cocktail party followed by dinner and live auction. Each year, an original theme is created to engage everyone in the fun and spirit of the event.
Volunteer Duties: A wide array of volunteer positions are available, from month-long commitments to short-term tasks. Areas include solicitation of prize donations from families and businesses, advertising, decorations, catalogue editing, and set-up.
- Library volunteers are invaluable partners to the librarians and have the chance to see the students in Kindergarten to Grade 5 enjoy the literary heart of our school.
- Commitment: Two-hour shifts every other week. Please note that a parent’s shift is often scheduled during his/her child’s class visit to the library.
- Volunteer Duties: Volunteers check-in and shelve returned books; process new books, covering and preparing them for circulation; and assist children as needed.
- Library Faculty Contact: Ariana Hussain firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Publishing Center, managed directly by parent volunteers and named in memory of long-time volunteer Phil DuSault, makes it possible for students in Grades 1 through 3 to transform some of their written work—fictional stories, poems, nonfiction, and memoirs—into published books, either printed or in digital form. The Publishing Center is a tangible example of St. Patrick’s dedication to “exceptional literacy.” In many ways it is an extension of the classroom, as teachers encourage students with the goal of having their writing published. The students in turn are extremely proud of the finished books, which not only fill their classroom bookshelves, but also their home libraries.
- Commitment: Ongoing throughout the year on a project-by-project basis. Volunteers will help when new projects come into the center.
- Volunteer Duties: Volunteers will interview students in Grades 1 about the books they would like published, and will work with students in Grades 2 and 3 on one additional book per student each year. A step-by-step manual guides the volunteer in the publishing production process, from typing the written words and scanning illustrations to assembling and binding the final printed book or documenting the book in digital form. Volunteers may also manage class wide projects, such as the 1C Poetry Anthology.