Volunteering with the MA Parents' Association (MAPA)
Thank you for offering to volunteer at Marin Academy! When you check a box (for example: Admissions), you will be notified of all the volunteer opportunities related to Admissions (Open Houses, Welcome Day, and Admissions Mailings). By checking a box, you are not committing to anything. You are only indicating interest in that type of volunteer activity. You can find the Volunteer Job Descriptions below.
Assist with assembling admissions packets while chatting with parents of all grades. Sessions occur throughout the fall with the highest concentration in the first few weeks of school. Generally, four days during the first week of school (two hours each); one day a week through early October (two hours each); one day in December for two hours. Volunteer for one or multiple sessions!
Fall Open Houses – Fall
Volunteer at Saturday Open Houses in September and October and an evening Diversity Forum where prospective students can 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 22 volunteers assist with the September and October Open House days while 15 volunteers assist with the evening forum.
Welcome Day 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! This is a great volunteer opportunity for a parent who cannot volunteer during the weekdays.
Prospective Parent Information Sessions
Volunteers who work the 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. shift help with check-in, meeting, and mingling with prospective families. The next shift (9:30-10:30 a.m.) involves participating in a parent panel.
Spring Revisit Days
Assist with accepted students and parents returning to campus to make their high school choice--hopefully MA!
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 to learn more about the Annual Fund’s importance to MA so you have the tools necessary to encourage other MA families to participate. After that, volunteers outreach 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 job is another opportunity to chat with parents of all grades while you assemble packets for the mailing. Volunteer on an as-needed basis throughout the year.
New Parent Dinner – (SOPHOMORE parents only: Check the class activities box if you would like to help with this event.)
Help MA welcome parents of Freshmen to the school in early September. Help set up, serve, and clean up a scrumptious dinner. Approximately 25 volunteers working in 2-4 hour shifts make this wonderful evening possible. This event provides a great volunteer opportunity for parents who aren’t available during weekdays.
MA CELEBRATES – March 21, 2020
MA Celebrates is a wonderful evening community builder and fundraiser when parents come together to support the school. This event is a massive team effort. There are volunteer opportunities in the following categories:
Solicitation (Wine, Events, and Exclusive Experiences): This committee is responsible for helping to brainstorm a variety of different donation solicitation asks. The team will help develop ideas sign-up parties and exclusive experiences. The Wine committee is responsible for finding the 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. Serving is a wonderful way to get to know fellow members of the MA community that you might not otherwise meet. The wine committee is also responsible for set up, organization, and break down the wine tasting bar and auction lots on the day/night of the event. The Events and Exclusives committee is responsible for confirming all details and dates for sign-up parties and/or exclusives as well as follow-up post event to hosts and winners. Approximately 6-8 volunteers for Wine, Events and Exclusives. Volunteers meet twice a month in January, February, and once a week in March until the event.
Data Entry: 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 schedule as all entry is done online from your computer / home. Approximately 2-3 volunteers needed to work 1-2 hours per week beginning in February and 5-10 hours a week until the event in March.
Event Volunteer: A team of strong volunteers is crucial to the success of this enjoyable evening. These volunteers will organize and manage all day of/set-up and breakdown of the event. Approximately 25 volunteers work for shifts of 2-4 hours on the day of the party.
Class Liaisons: Another key to success are the class liaisons. Each class will have two liaisons that individually reach out to every family via email, keeping them apprised of the details of MA Celebrates as well as soliciting donations via the individual emails. Approximately eight volunteers are needed (two per grade), and these volunteers must enjoy email and email follow-up. Commitment is 5-10 hours 4-6 weeks before the event coordinated amongst all class liaisons and can be done from home.
Sign-Up Party Host: These volunteers are families who enjoy hosting parties and would be a good fit to host a sign-up party for MA Celebrates. Parties vary from large class parties to dinner parties.
Support and/or participate in events run by the Center for Community Action, which encourages students to think about problems in their communities, question how to make improvements, consider outlets for involvement, and create a plan for service that fits their interests and respective schedules. These events include a Thanksgiving Food Drive (November) and a Family Community Service Project (March) among other things.
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, socio-economic circumstances, learning styles and religious beliefs. Help MAPA plan events to encourage our diverse community of parents/guardians to connect throughout the year.
Escrip and Benefit are simple, easy ways to give to the school while going about your daily routine. Help to publicize and register users for Escrip and Benefit, services which provide money back to the school for all purchases made at selected retailers, by using registered credit cards, or through the app, and/or assist with processing and ordering gift cards twice a year for faculty and staff based on their commuter credits.
Faculty/Staff Appreciation Breakfasts are four times throughout the year, typically every other month on Fridays, and parents help provide food and beverages to jump-start the day for the faculty and staff. Approximately 16 volunteers assist primarily with preparing food, and a few help with serving.
Faculty/Staff Annual Appreciation Luncheon
In January 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.
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 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.
New Parent Dinner (Sophomore Parents Only)
Help welcome the Freshman Parents at this fall event. Grab your spouse and help out with set-up, serving, and clean up.
Senior/Faculty Luncheon (Senior Parents only)
Help setup, serve, and cleanup at this post-exam and pre-graduation 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.
Help serve delicious treats for morning MAPA events such as General Meetings or evening events such as Parent Education nights, Master Classes, and Communications Night. Approximately 1-2 volunteers assist at 2-3 events throughout the year.
MAPA Year-End Breakfast 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 share their farewell reflections. Help setup, serve, and cleanup at this often tear-inducing morning. Approximately 10 volunteers are needed.
Help sell our fantastic MA spirit wear on campus throughout the year. It is an excellent 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 the school day and at key MA events, such as New Parent Coffee, Welcome Day, Rally Day, and Spirit BBQs.
A light buffet is provided for graduates and their families to enjoy immediately following graduation. Volunteer to help MA staff with setting up, serving, or cleaning up. Shifts are available the day prior to graduation as well as graduation day. Approximately 50 volunteers assist for 3-5 hour shifts over Friday (set-up) and Saturday (reception and clean up).
Many hands are needed to make a safe, fun evening for our seniors so they can spend the entire night together once the graduation ceremony is over. Parents are needed to set up, 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.
Volunteer opportunities for contemporary music, chamber music, dance, or drama are presented to the parents of students enrolled in those classes throughout the year. For example, the art department parents provide a potluck reception for the artists, their families, and the MA community in the spring. Volunteers are needed to staff the buffet tables and help with cleanup. Approximately 20 volunteers assist for 2-hour shifts.
We would like to hear about your skills and interests. If we didn’t mention a way you would like to contribute, we are all ears. We are always looking for ways to involve parents with unique talents and interests.
Ambassador for MA Are you an outgoing person who enjoys connecting people? MA is always looking for people to be champions for the school in various capacities.
Baking Periodically throughout the year, parents are invited to show off their culinary talents at school events, such as Parent Outreach evenings.
Data Entry Help with data entry and management. This is a great way to help MA on your schedule.
Event Host 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.
On-Call Volunteer/Worker Bee
Can we count on you to pitch in where needed? We are always looking for people who are flexible and willing to help.
Photo Slideshows, Photo Management, and Athletic Photography
Use your photography skills to document sports and manage the year-end slide show at the Athletics Banquet.
Multi-Lingual, Oral/Written Translation If you speak and or write in a language other than English you can support MA in various capacities by being a translator at events and/or providing written interpretation for fellow MA parents.