How to Help
There are many opportunities for you to get involved in volunteering for Sojourner:
Back to School Picnic
Our annual picnic held in August is a great way to reconnect with school friends or meet new families after a long summer break. We need much help to coordinate this event: Food Prep, BBQ’s, Grill Masters, supplies, Snow Cone servers, desserts, clean-up, etc. You can expect an emailed invite for this event to be held before schools starts.
One parent is needed to help encourage, collect, and submit Box Tops. This is an easy way to help make a little extra money for our school and it can be done almost entirely from home and with a few visits to the school.
Specific needs vary depending on the classroom but staff and students alike appreciate classroom volunteers. The Primary classrooms especially appreciate a parent volunteer in the classroom each morning, and parent volunteers are also needed in the Violin room on a regular basis. If you have daytime availability, contact a classroom teacher for guidance.
Enrichment Nights are family-friendly, evening events that offer our community the opportunity to get together outside of school hours. The themes of the evening vary — sometimes we get together to learn more about topics relevant to our school, and sometimes we just get together to have a little fun. Enrichment Nights are completely volunteer-run and we usually need a little help with set-up and take down. Requests for your help in creating successful events will come by email or through our community Facebook page.
A favorite event among Sojourner Students, Field Day is an end of year celebration and day of fun! We need volunteers to contribute a few supplies, help serve food, snow cones, popcorn, and participate/oversee multiple fun activities for the kids.
Volunteers are needed to chaperone field trips during the school year. Sojourner staff will announce field trips and forms will be sent home to request being a chaperone. As with all volunteering opportunities, you must complete Volunteer Training and required District Volunteer Background Forms in order to participate.
Fundraising is a necessity for the Sojourner Program and requires many hours of volunteerism to be successful. Please attend Auction and Raffle Meetings and get involved with the Fundraising Committee. There are dozens of ways that you can participate and help with these important events. Even if you work during the week, we have evening and weekend meetings to accommodate all schedules.
One volunteer is needed each day of the week to be the first friendly face that students see at “Parent Drop-Off” in the morning. You will be stationed at the gymnasium door to greet students and help ensure a smooth, safe flow of traffic during parent drop-off.
At the beginning of each school year, we need a few parents to assist the district school nurse in completing hearing and vision exams on students.
Our annual Jog-A-Thon is a community fundraiser. We need families to support their children’s efforts by helping to get pledges and also cheer them on at the event, run with the kids for encouragement, mark laps, and serve water and fruit. You can anticipate this event happening shortly after school starts in the fall.
Pods are mixed-age groups that encourage students to explore a common interest in great depth. They are a true highlight for Sojourner students, as they are allowed to select which topic they would like to explore! Subject examples include: guitar, gardening, soccer, jewelry making, origami, chess, sewing and more. There are three Pod sessions per school year that last 8 – 10 weeks and each Pod is 45 minutes, twice a week. In order to keep the groups small, we depend upon parent volunteers to help lead Pods. It is never too early to start brainstorming about a Pod you would like to teach.
Visit during lunch and/or recess to be an extra set of eyes for our IA’s on the playground.
Our Scrip Coordinator sends home order forms that make it easy to purchase gift cards to local restaurants, stores, online stores, etc. A portion of the gift card purchase price is donated to Sojourner. For example: If you grocery shop at Fred Meyer, doing so with a Fred Meyer gift card purchased through the Scrip program will provide benefits to Sojourner on a regular basis.
Staff Appreciation Week
At Sojourner, we like to celebrate our wonderful staff for an entire month! One day per week, for one month, we ask our community to help shower our staff with appreciation by bringing themed food dishes, small handmade gifts, and flowers. Please keep an eye out for an email preceding the month of May and a sign-up for ways that you can contribute.
Sojourner students get to spend one hour per day for a full school week in the water at North Clackamas Aquatic Park. Students receive lessons based upon age and assessment. This is an educational and school-wide opportunity to learn water safety and have fun. Parent Volunteers are an essential element of the swim program. Without them we would be unable to offer it. The North Clackamas Aquatic Park requires that we have 20-22 volunteers in the water during each session.
Learning violin is a special experience for Sojourner students, but to be successful it takes the support of several parent volunteers:
- Daily Violin Tuner: One parent is needed for about 30 minutes each day to help get the violins ready. No experience needed! This is a great volunteer gig for a parent who has a small child in tow. If you can help, please contact our parent volunteer.
- Violin Classroom Helper: If you can help out in the violin room during the day, your efforts would be greatly appreciated! With our early violin learners (primary), the more help the better. If you can pitch in here, please contact our parent volunteer.
- Violin Loan Program: Every Wednesday morning, we need four volunteers to help collect the violins, inspect and tune the returned instruments, prepare them to go back out to students and deliver them to the classrooms. This time commitment is 1 – 2 hours. Again, no experience needed! If you can help, please contact our parent volunteer.
- Violin Loan Program Coordinator: The violin loan coordinator collects program agreements and organizes a check out schedule based on violin size and available dates. The time commitment for the violin loan coordinator is about 1-2 hours per week at home preparing the schedule and practice forms for check-out. If this is a job you can help out with, contact our volunteer coordinator.