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.

MAPA Volunteer Job Descriptions

Click on the job titles below to see descriptions of each volunteer opportunity.

List of 15 frequently asked questions.

  • Admissions Support

    Admissions Mailings
    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!
  • Advancement Support

    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 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.
  • Athletics Support

    Spirit BBQs
    Each fall, winter, and spring sports season parent volunteers gather to BBQ up a storm for MA’s sports fans. Approximately, 3-4 volunteers assist for 2-4 hours.
    Athletic Banquet
    Every May parents gather to support student athletes who have competed throughout the year. Approximately 30 volunteers assist for 2-4 hours with setup, serve, and clean up one Sunday evening in May.
  • Family Community Engagement

    Serve as a resource for community engagement opportunities and support MA family events that build community and develop social, environmental, and global awareness that fosters an understanding of one's place in a sustainable world!
  • 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, 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.
  • MAPA Merchant Programs and Benefit Sales and Support

    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 and Staff Appreciation Events

    Faculty/Staff Appreciation Breakfasts
    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.
  • Grade-Specific Events

    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.
  • MAPA Event Refreshments and Support

    Event Support and Refreshments
    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.
  • Parent Education Speaker Series

    The Parent Ed is a small working group that collaborates with the administration to bring speakers to our community. There is one annual brainstorming event to generate ideas for the upcoming year.
  • Spirit Wear Sales

    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.
  • Graduation Events

    Graduation Set-Up
    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).
    Grad Night
    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.
  • Arts Support

    The Arts at MA
    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.
  • Other Opportunities

    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.

    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.

    East Bay/SF/Northern Marin Liaisons
    MA families come from all parts of the Bay.  If you are interested in helping connect families with others living near you, whether that's setting up carpools or area-specific hikes or socials, then this is a great volunteer opportunity for you!
  • Other Skills and Interests

    What are your skill sets? We'd like to know!  Please share your interests and skills so we can help match you to a volunteer role.

    Database and Spreadsheet Skills
    Are you skilled at manipulating data on spreadsheets? We could use your help!
    Event Planning/Decor
    Help with brainstorming, strategizing, designing, and implementing a myriad of events on campus.

    Get involved in fundraising and outreach efforts that contribute to the MA experience.
    Volunteer in MA’s bountiful garden.
    Graphic and Web Design
    Share your talent for design, layout, and visual communication in print or online.
    Performing and Visual Arts
    Are you willing to share your professional experience in the Performing and Visual Arts industries?
    Photography, Film, or Video Editing
    Our children do so many exciting things in the studio and on the stage. Help document and record their achievements.
    Outdoor Skills
    We’d love to know if you can offer your expertise and passion for the outdoors.
    Are you tech-savvy, and can you offer your expertise when needed for special projects? Help strategize or code new tech implementations and upgrades.
    Wine Enthusiast
    Are you a wine expert? Are you in the industry? Help MA with soliciting wine for our spring auction as well as procuring wine for parent events.