VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTIONS
(* Denotes weekend and/or evening volunteer opportunity)
Every year the admissions office sends out over 800 brochures to prospective students. Chat with parents of all grades while you assemble these packets to be mailed. Various sessions occur throughout the fall with the highest concentration of mailings in the first few weeks of school. Generally, 4 days during the first week of school (2 hours each); one day a week through early October (2 hours each); one day in December for 2 hours. Volunteer for one or multiple sessions!
*Open Houses – Sept. 24, Nov. 13, and Dec. 7, 2016
The Admissions office offers Saturday Open Houses in September and November and a Tuesday evening Open House in December where prospective students can come visit the campus with their families, meet teachers, and hear Travis and our students speak. Help check in prospective students and make sure the Open House runs smoothly. Be an enthusiastic voice for MA. Approximately 32 volunteers assist with the September and November Open House days while 4 volunteers assist with the December Open House evening.
Tours (open to Sophomore, Junior, and Senior parents only)
Work with the MA Admissions team and be the first to welcome prospective parents and students to MA. After attending a training session and giving tours with experienced guides, lead tour groups around MA, providing a parent’s perspective. Two or three parent volunteers co-lead each tour. The morning tour and Q&A sessions last approximately 3.5 hours. Volunteers sign-up for 3-4 visit dates in the fall, based upon their availability. Note: Parents with 8th grade applicants are not eligible to participate during the application year.
*Welcome Day – May 6, 2017
Every spring on a Saturday, MA welcomes accepted students to campus for a day of orientation activities. Help set up the site, register visitors, mingle throughout the day, and clean up. See next year’s Freshmen first! Approximately 20 volunteers work for shifts of 2-4 hours.
*Annual Fund Volunteers
Outreach: Reach out to fellow parents to raise support for the Annual Fund, which helps bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of an MA education. There will be one evening meeting in the early fall, where you will learn more about the Annual Fund’s importance to MA and you will be given the tools necessary to encourage other MA families to participate. After that, outreach is made at a time and place of your choosing, usually by phone or by email. Annual Fund volunteers play a vital role in providing our students with a one-of-a-kind, phenomenal education. If you enjoy connecting with fellow parents and want to make an impact, join our team today!
Mailings: Occasionally, the advancement office sends out mailings to members of the MA community. This is another opportunity to chat with parents of all grades while you assemble packets to be mailed. Volunteer on an as-needed basis throughout the year.
Grandparents/Special Friends Day – November 22, 2016
Have an up-close view of this special day which occurs the Tuesday before Thanksgiving break. Help distribute schedules and point visitors in the right direction. Photographers are also needed to take pictures of students and their very important guests. Approximately 15 volunteers make this day possible working in 1-2 hour shifts.
*New Parent Dinner – September 7, 2016 (Sophomore parents only)
Help MA welcome parents of Freshmen to the school in early September, especially since you were one last year. Help setup, serve, and clean up a scrumptious dinner. Approximately 25 volunteers make this wonderful evening possible working in 2-4 hour shifts.
*MA Celebrates (formerly Market Night) – April 22, 2017
Market Night is a wonderful evening in April when parents come together to support the school. This is a great opportunity to get involved with the MA community. There are volunteer opportunities in the following categories:
*Apprenticeships - Join this committee to help find exciting apprenticeship opportunities for our students. Approximately 3-4 volunteers are needed to research and secure these unique opportunities.
*Parties and Gatherings – Help brainstorm and develop ideas for fun social gatherings and sign-up parties to be auctioned at the MA Celebrates Gathering. Approximately 3 volunteers needed to work with Rebecca Abbey in Advancement.
*Wine – The wine committee is responsible for finding wine for both the auction and the tasting bar. The MA tasting bar is one of a kind and all members of the committee have the opportunity to get behind the bar and serve. This is a wonderful way to get to know fellow members of the MA community that you might not otherwise meet. Approximately 5-6 volunteers needed to work with Rebecca Abbey in the Advancement. Members meet twice a month in January, February, and March and once a week in April until the event. The wine committee is also responsible for set up, organization, and break down of the wine tasting bar and auction lots on the day/night of the event.
*Data and Online Auction – This committee is responsible for data entry, bid sheet/detail sheet creation, and online auction management. A great chance to support the event on your own schedule as all entry is done online from your own computer/home. Approximately 3-4 volunteers needed to work 1-2 hours per week beginning in February through the event in April.
Decorations/Volunteer Management – There are many moving parts to making Market Night the enjoyable party it is. A strong volunteer manager is crucial to the success of the evening. This person will organize and manage all day of/set-up and breakdown of the event. Time Commitment: 5 hours of working with Rebecca Abbey in Advancement leading up to the event and 8 hours on the day of the event.
Once a year in the spring, students’ artwork is displayed for all to enjoy at this evening event. While art department parents provide a potluck reception for the artists, their families and the MA community, volunteers are needed to staff the buffet tables and help with cleanup. Approximately 20 volunteers assist for 2 hour shifts.
Additional Arts support
Volunteers for music, dance or drama will be solicited from the parents of students enrolled in those classes.
Join parent volunteers gather to BBQ up a storm for MA’s sports fans. Will be held once per season: fall, winter, spring. Approximately, 3-4 volunteers assist for 2-4 hours.
*Athletic Banquet – May 21, 2017
Every May, parents gather to support student athletes who have competed throughout the year. Help setup, serve, and clean up at this Sunday evening event. Approximately 30 volunteers assist for 2-4 hours.
Volunteer to coordinate communication, snacks and end of season celebration for your student’s athletic team.
Support your child’s class by volunteering for class activities. You could be serving food at any of the treat days throughout the year, helping at a parent class party ( fall/and possibly spring) or at any of the special class-specific events such as the First Day of School breakfast for Seniors or the Pizza Party for Freshmen before the first dance. Approximately 20-30 volunteers assist each respective committee and are assigned shifts from 1-4 hours depending on the event.
FACULTY AND STAFF APPRECIATION
Faculty/Staff Annual Appreciation Luncheon – February 24, 2017
In February, show how much the teachers and staff mean to you and your student. Help brainstorm a theme for the luncheon, provide food, serve or clean up on this day that celebrates those that have the most impact on our children. Approximately 40 volunteers assist this committee with food preparation and serving.
Faculty/Staff Appreciation Breakfasts
Five times throughout the year, typically every other month on Fridays, parents help provide food and beverages to jump-start the day for the faculty and staff. Approximately 16 volunteers assist largely with preparing food and a few are needed for serving.
PARENTS' ASSOCIATION (MAPA) EVENTS
MAPA Year-End Breakfast – May 18, 2017
Every May, MAPA acknowledges the time and talents of all MAPA volunteers, bids farewell to its old officers and welcomes the new. In addition, all parents of seniors who are leaving the school are invited to give a farewell. Help setup, serve and cleanup at this often tear-inducing morning. Approximately 10 volunteers assist.
Help serve delicious treats for morning MAPA events such as General Meetings or for evening events such as Parent Education nights, Master Classes and Communications Night. Approximately 1-2 volunteers assist at 2-3 events throughout the year.
eScrip Sales and Support
Escrip is a simple, easy way to give to the school while going about your daily routine. Help to publicize and register users for Escrip, a service which provides money back to the school for all purchases made at selected retailers or using registered credit cards and/or assist with processing and ordering gift cards twice a year for faculty and staff based on their commuter credits.
YEAR-END SPECIAL EVENTS
Senior/Faculty Luncheon (Senior Parents only) – June 2, 2017
Exams are done and graduation is nearing. Help setup, serve, and cleanup at this event, which provides the seniors with one last chance to gather with their friends and teachers over a delicious lunch. Approximately 25 volunteers assist for 1-2 hours over two days.
*Graduation Reception – June 3, 2017
A wonderful light buffet is provided for graduates and their families to enjoy immediately following graduation. Volunteer to help setup, serve, or cleanup. Shifts are available the day prior to graduation in addition to graduation day. Approximately 50 volunteers assist for 3-5 hour shifts over Friday (set-up) and Saturday (reception and clean up).
*Graduation Night – June 3, 2017
Many hands are needed to make a safe, fun evening for our graduates. Graduation is over and students spend the entire night together. Parents are needed to setup, chaperone and cleanup for this final event of the year! Volunteer shifts are available throughout the weekend providing flexibility to volunteering families. Approximately 75 volunteers assist for 2-4 hour shifts over 8-10 hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Graduation weekend.
SPIRIT WEAR SALES AND SUPPORT
Help sell our wonderful MA spirit wear on campus throughout the year. It is a great opportunity to observe campus life and also get your hands on the fleece pajamas you have always wanted. Approximately 16 volunteers assist with general sales multiple days each month during school day and at key MA events, such as New Parent Coffee, Welcome Day, Rally Day and Booster BBQs.
The Parent Ed is a small working group that collaborates with the administration to bring speakers to our community. There will be one annual brainstorming event to generate ideas for the upcoming year.
COMMUNITY ACTION/FAMILY SERVICE
Support and/or participate in two events run by the Center for Community Action, which encourages students to think about problems in their communities, to question how to make improvements, to consider outlets for involvement, and to create a plan for service that fits their interests and respective schedules. The events include a November’s Thanksgiving Food Drive and a March Family Community Service Project benefiting local San Rafael agencies.
PARENT OUTREACH AND INCLUSION
Participate in MAPA’s efforts to build an inclusive culture with opportunities for education around all facets of diversity honored at MA: race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, thought, socio-economic circumstances, learning styles and religious belief. Help MAPA plan events to encourage our diverse community of parents/guardians to connect with each other throughout the year.
Periodically throughout the year, parents are invited to show off their culinary talents at school events, such as Communication Night (November) and Parent Outreach evenings.
MA occasionally feels that a private home would be the best setting for an event. If you are willing to open up your home, volunteer here.
Our children do so many exciting things – on the athletic field, in the studio, on the stage – that we’d love to have people help document their achievements.
We’ll contact you for any event that needs that extra bit of help!
If you speak a second language, support MA in various capacities helping Admissions to Advancement by being a translator at MA events and/or providing written interpretation for fellow MA parents.
If those aren’t enough things for you to do, feel free suggest others. We are always looking for ways to involve parents with special talents and interests