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 decriptions 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, 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!
    Fall Open Houses – Sept. 29, Oct. 14, 2018
    Volunteer at Saturday Open Houses in September and October and an evening Diversity Forum 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 22 volunteers assist with the September and October Open House days while 15 volunteers assist with the evening forum.
    Spring 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 –
    Volunteer shifts 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. to help with check-in, meeting and mingling with prospective families. Second shift 9:30-10:30 involves participating in a parent panel.

    Spring Revisit Days - Week of March 25-29, 2019
    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, 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 20. 2018
    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 – Sept. 5, 2018 (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 setup, serve, and clean up a scrumptious dinner. Approximately 25 volunteers working in 2-4 hour shifts make this wonderful evening possible. This is a great opportunity for parents who aren’t able to volunteer during weekdays.
    MA Celebrates – March 23, 2019
    MA Celebrates is a wonderful evening community builder and fundraiser when parents come together to support the school. This is a huge team effort. There are volunteer opportunities in the following categories:
    • 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 are needed to rally the MA parent body to host fun events.
    • 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 solicit wine donations. Volunteers 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 MA Celebrates 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 the Advancement office leading up to the event and 8 hours on the day of the event. Approximately 25 volunteers work for shifts of 2-4 hours.
  • Athletics Support

    Athletics 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. Help setup, serve, and clean up at this Sunday evening event. Approximately 30 volunteers assist for 2-4 hours.
  • Community Action/Family Service

    Support and/or participate in 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, among other things.
  • 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.
  • Escrip and Benefit Sales and Support

    Escrip and Benefit are a 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 or using registered credit cards or 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 - October 5, December 7, 2018 and March 22, 2019
    Four 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.
    Faculty/Staff Annual Appreciation Luncheon – January 24, 2019
    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 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.

    New Parent Dinner (Sophomore Parents Only) - September 5, 2018
    Help welcome the Freshman Parents at this fall event. Grab your spouse and come help with set-up, serving and clean up.

    Senior/Faculty Luncheon (Senior Parents only) – May 31, 2019
    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.
  • MAPA Event Refreshments and Support

    Event Support and Refreshments
    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.
    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 give a farewell. Help setup, serve and cleanup at this often tear-inducing morning. Approximately 10 volunteers assist.
  • Parent Education Speaker Series

    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.
  • Spirit Wear Sales

    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 Athletics BBQs.
  • Graduation Events

    Graduation Set-Up – May 31 and June 1, 2019
    A wonderful 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 in addition to graduation day. Approximately 50 volunteers assist for 3-5 hour shifts over Friday (set-up) and Saturday (reception and clean up).
    Grad Night – June 1, 2019
    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.
  • Arts Support

    Visual Arts Spring Evening Event - May 9, 2019
    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.
  • Other Opportunities

    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 Communication Night (November) and Parent Outreach evenings.

    Data Entry
    Help with data entry and management. This is a great way to help MA on your own 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.

    Multi-Lingual, Oral/Written Translation
    If you speak and or write in a language other than English, 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.

    On-Call Volunteer/Worker Bee
    Can we count on your to pitch in where needed? We are always looking for people who are flexible and willing to help.

    Photo Slideshows, Photo Management, Athletic Photography
    Use your photography skills to document sports and manage year end slide show at the Athletics Banquet.
  • Other Skills and Interests

    Ours is a talented community of adults and we want to hear what you skills and interests you have to share. 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 special talents and interests. 

    Database, 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 Design, 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 Expertise
    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.