There are a number of ways to volunteer. If you are interested, you can contact Friends of Ivanhoe (FOI) at firstname.lastname@example.org, you can speak with your teacher about volunteering in the classroom, or you can touch base with your room parent. Below are some additional ideas:
- Come to an FOI meeting (check calendar) – maybe even become a board member! Find out what FOI is all about and share your thoughts, ideas, comments, directly with the board. We want you to come!
- Become a room parent. Being a room parent is a great way to stay involved. You will have early access to important information and help get that important info to your fellow parents.
- Ask your room parent what the class needs and communicate ways you think you can help. Email email@example.com and say what you want to be involved with and what you have to offer.
- Volunteer in the classroom. This could be anything from making copies in the teacher’s lounge to facilitating an art project. Each classroom has its own needs and typically has a sheet posted outside with slots to sign up. Ask your room parent or teacher if you have trouble finding it or have any questions about what volunteering entails.
- Library upkeep. The library is an invaluable asset to our school and is in constant need of upkeep. Help maintain the library as a clean, organized space for all the students to use and enjoy.
- Lunch /Green Dragons. Lend a hand and direct students to the correct trash bins at lunch so we can make sure all our waste is recycled. Parent’s volunteer once a week during lunch.
- Homework club. Stay on campus a little longer after pick up and help students with their homework in the library. This is a great opportunity to have your own child finish his homework before you get home! This can be a weekly or once a month commitment.
- Snack Shack. Volunteer to run snack shack, or just bake some bake healthy muffins. This weekly fundraiser pays for field trips for all grades.
- School Site Council (SSC) Meetings (check calendar). The School Site Council is the body that actually helps determine how the money FOI raises gets spent. Among other things, it is a very important organization and needs active parent involvement.
- Join an event committee. FOI plans numerous events during the year and each one is planned and executed by parent volunteers. Do you love the Ivanhoedown? Did you enjoy the talent show? Did you laugh at Comedy Night? Are you going to the Spring Fiesta? These and other events only happen because parents like you volunteer to make them happen. It’s a great way to connect with other families, and it helps lighten the load for everyone.
- Bring us your ideas (fresh ideas). We are always in search of fresh ideas. From raising funds to bettering communication, we need you to help us make the Ivanhoe experience better. Please don’t be shy about sharing your fresh ideas with FOI.
Once you’ve deciding on how you would like to volunteer, please see volunteer application process below.
NEW volunteer application process
Please read the following directions explaining how to process school volunteer applications.Online Application – submitted by prospective volunteer
Any person interested in participating in a school’s volunteer program, including continuing volunteers, LAUSD employees, community members and interns, must complete the online volunteer application on the School Volunteer Management System. A volunteer can access the online registration process and application at https://volunteerapp.lausd.net.
If a person does not have access to the necessary technology to complete the online volunteer application, the school may designate an employee to assist in completing and submitting the online application on the person’s behalf. Volunteers serving at more than one LAUSD school must have a completed online application, printed and signed, for each school before they can begin service.Once on the registration site, the prospective volunteers will be required to enter their names and valid email accounts. The prospective volunteer will receive email notification to complete the registration process, including the creation of an account password.Once the online volunteer application is completed, it should then be submitted electronically. Both the application and Volunteer Commitment Form should be printed, signed and delivered to the principal or the principal’s designee.A volunteer for a single event that takes place for the duration of one day only does not need to submit an application but must be checked by a school administrator against the California Megan’s Law online database at http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov.
Online Application Review – submitted by the school
The school must review (ensure required fields are completed) and submit the online application for all individuals applying to become certified volunteers. The school principal must confirm and verify that the volunteer has met all requirements, including:
· Online application, printed and signed· Signed Volunteer Commitment Form
· Megan’s Law clearance
· Tuberculosis test clearance
· Fingerprinting (when applicable)Additional Guidelines
· The principal or certificated designee must review and approve each volunteer application by logging into the School Volunteer Management System and checking the appropriate boxes.
· The principal and/or designee must indicate the following:
o Where the volunteer will be assigned
o The type of supervision required
o How many hours the person will serve on a weekly basis
· The online application, printed and signed, must be kept on file at the school for five years.
· School volunteers are required to sign in at the school office upon entering the campus and sign out when they exit the campus. Schools must require volunteers to leave their volunteer badges at the school when not in use.
· The principal, the principal’s administrative designee, or other assigned staff must submit the application by logging in to the School Volunteer Management System using their employee single sign-on (SSO) account and verify all clearances/requirements have been met. District approved staff include:
oEnglish Learner Designees
oCategorical Programs Advisors
oSchool Administrative Assistants
oParent Resource Liaison
oParent Resource Assistant
· No person may provide volunteer service until all necessary clearances are verified by the school principal, the volunteer has signed a copy of the online application and the Volunteer Commitment Forms, and a volunteer badge is issued by the Parent Community Student Services Branch. The badges are sent to the school for school personnel to distribute to volunteers.
· Once a person receives the volunteer badge, the volunteer is approved to provide services at that specific school.