Giving Back…Volunteer

I was laying in bed last night thinking that I dropped the baton on my Giving Back series. I had an amazing local charitable organization to share with you, but prior commitments and end-of-the-school year activities jumbled my calendar making it near impossible to tour their facility. Then I realized the very thing that filled my schedule was actually Giving Back– volunteering at my boy’s schools and coaching their soccer teams.

Giving back. Volunteer in your community, child's school or sports team.

Volunteering at your kid’s school or sports team is probably the easiest and most rewarding way to give back to your child and community. I volunteer in my son’s classroom and for the PTA, and what I’ve learned is that teachers and administrators need our help. I know what you’re thinking; I don’t have time; I work; I have a baby at home; etc. Don’t let these excuses cloud your judgement; here are few examples of how you can help at your child’s school or sports team.

  • Take home – craft projects to cut out or assemble.
  • When you receive your child’s class supply list, purchase extra folders, crayons and pencils.
  • Come into the school and make copies for teachers.
  • Chaperone during a field trip.
  • Find out your child’s teacher’s favorite drink at Starbucks and have your child bring one to him/her.
  • Ask the teacher or PTA if there is a project you can work on at home. At home examples- update school website, write newsletter, create a sign-up list, or order supplies.
  • Volunteer to help in the classroom- check papers, listen to students read, read to students, clean or organize the classroom.
  • Sport Teams- besides coaching, parents can help with drills, setting up a snack sign-up sheet, taking pictures of the team during games and sharing them on Shutterfly or a similar online group, coordinating trophies, or organizing an end-of-the-season party.

I’ve noticed that as parents, we’re busy people. We get into the habit of thinking that someone else will sign up and completely forget about the volunteer inquiry email we received. So, I’m challenging parents to make the initiative, make a note (in BOLD) to send an email to your child’s teacher, PTA or coach and tell them how you can help. Tell them you work days and you can only volunteer in the evenings, how you want to organize a snack sign up sheet, or ask if there is a project that you can work on at home. When we all work together we provide more opportunities for our own children as well as bettering our community!

What kind of ways do you volunteer in your child’s school or sports team?

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6 comments on “Giving Back…Volunteer”

  1. Liz says:

    Great post! My mom was super involved in the PTA when I was a kid, and I think that really helped me because she always knew what was going on and had a great dynamic with my teachers, and that communication and partnership made a huge difference in providing a well-rounded and thoughtful education for me. My dad always came to my soccer practices and games and helped out. I’m sure my teachers and coaches appreciated it, but as a kid I appreciated it too! 🙂

    1. Rachel says:

      It’s good to know that your mom & dad’s involvement in your school & sports made such a positive impact on you! Thanks for sharing your experience.

  2. This is a great post and has a lot of things I’d like to remember when my son goes off to school. Because my son’s birthday is around Thanksgiving, instead of birthday gifts we ask that friends and family bring food donations to the birthday party. It worked really well last year. I’d like to continue to foster the gift of giving in our family, and your post provides great pointers for now and years to come. Thank you, Rachel!

    1. Rachel says:

      I like the idea of food donations instead of birthday gifts. It’s great that your teaching your kids the importance of giving back.

  3. PS, your blog template rocks! I think it went through a few changes? I like this color and template!

    1. Rachel says:

      Thanks. I’ve played around with different templates and I really like this one.

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