Volunteer Opportunities

  • "Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart." 
    ~Elizabeth Andrew


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    ▪ Ainsworth Gear (September – June) Volunteers help gather orders for and distribute this great line of shirts, sweatshirts, and hats with the Ainsworth logo. Most of the volunteer responsibility is in September.

    ▪ Buckaroo Carnival (September) A core group of volunteers is needed to lead, plan, and coordinate this festive evening.  Throughout the evening of the event, over 200 parent volunteers share one-hour shifts helping to set-up, run games and activities, serve food, and clean up.

    ▪ Holiday Home Tour (December) Ainsworth’s “BIGGEST” fundraiser of the year, the Home Tour has been a tradition in our neighborhood of Portland Heights for over 20 years. Hundreds of Ainsworth volunteers organize and run this annual event, from organizing invitations and tickets to staffing the homes on the day of the event.

    ▪ Holiday Wreath & Garland Sale (September – November) A volunteer chair works directly with a local nursery and solicits/organizes wreath orders from the Ainsworth community. A small group of volunteers is needed to help on the day of wreath pick up.

    ▪ Grant Writing - This volunteer committee helps Ainsworth to identify, develop, and respond to public and private grant opportunities.

    Community Service

    ▪ PTA Clothing Closet – The Portland Council PTA Clothes Closet offers free clothing to students and families with limited income.  The majority of the items come from unclaimed lost and found items in Portland Public schools. Volunteers are needed to sort and send items to the Clothes Closet and to assist students in picking out clothes.


    ▪ Art Fair (May) For this evening event showcasing the incredible artwork students have created throughout the school year, volunteers are needed to help display artwork in the gym and hallways, and to operate art activities during the Fair.

    ▪ Book Fair (May) Volunteers are needed to set up and staff the annual Scholastic Book Fair.  Held the week of Grandparents and Special Friends Day.

    ▪ Fifth Grade Promotion (June) A committee of fifth grade parents plans the year-end celebration to say goodbye to our graduating class. Volunteers are needed to assist in the planning and help on graduation day.

    ▪ Run for the Arts (April) Volunteers are needed on the day of this fun run/walk, for which students, teachers, and school staff gather sponsors and then run/walk laps around the back field. Run for the Arts, sponsored by Young Audiences, a Portland non-profit, raises money for artist visits and field trips to experience the arts in our community. Students win t-shirts and other small prizes for their participation.

    ▪ School Pictures (September) Volunteers are needed to attend to the appearance needs of the students and assist the photographer on picture day.

    ▪ Science Fair (April) Volunteers are needed for staffing, display set up, clean up, and judging for the annual Science Fair. Designated for a Saturday morning, students demonstrate their inventions and present their scientific investigations. Students can enter the volunteer-run egg drop contest and attend a Science Session.

    ▪ Talent Show (February) Held on two nights to accommodate the numerous acts, this event gives students the opportunity to impress their friends and families with great entertainment. Volunteers are needed for award certificate distribution, video purchase and distribution, set up, clean up and snack.

    ▪ Yearbook (February) Volunteers help solicit and organize pictures of school and classroom events for the annual yearbook, distributed at the end of the school year.

    Academic and Classroom Support

    ▪ Buzz Book –The Buzz Book includes names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of families and contact information for teachers and staff. Volunteers are needed for proofreading, graphics, and distribution.

    ▪ Library Aides - Volunteers are needed to assist the librarian with shelving books and helping students in the library.

    ▪ Room Parent - A lead room parent identifies and coordinates room parents for each classroom. Room parents schedule volunteers for assistance in the classroom, field trips, lunchroom duties, class parties, and special programs. The room parent is the key liaison between the teacher and the parents.


    ▪ Teacher Conference Dinner (November) Parent volunteers provide dinner for the staff during the evening conferences.   Volunteers are needed to cook, help set up, and clean up.

    ▪ Staff Appreciation Week (May) One week each spring, the PTA  coordinates daily thanks for our teachers and staff to show our appreciation for their dedication and commitment to our students.  Volunteers are needed to bring savory or sweet dishes for a luncheon planned mid-week.

    ▪ Staff Holiday Tea (December) Volunteers are needed to help set up, serve, and clean up for this holiday feast, held in the teachers’ honor, at a neighborhood home.

    ▪ Special Friends / Grandparents Day (May) – Volunteer greeters direct guests to student classrooms and supervise parking on the backfield.

    Student & Family Support

    ▪ Vision/Hearing Screening (Fall) Volunteers assist the school district nurse in picking up and returning students to class for testing.

    ▪ Lost & Found – Volunteers needed to straighten lost and found items and send all remaining items to the district Clothes Closet.

    ▪ New Family Mentors – New families to Ainsworth during the school year are welcomed by volunteers who answer questions and provide information to help facilitate their entry to the school community.

    Facility Support

    ▪ Facilities Improvement – Volunteers are needed to help supervise various projects around the school building.

    ▪ Ainsworth Greenspace – Parents are needed to help with Greenspace work parties to remove invasive plants and planting natives, host Earth Day activities, and support teaching staff in their use of the Greenspace as an outdoor learning space.

    ▪ Ainsworth Foundation – Volunteers are needed to head and staff this fundraising group that helps to ensure the stability of teachers and programs, providing our children with an enriched academic experience.

    Organizations Supporting Education – Links

    ▪  Stand for Children Oregon Chapter (www.stand.org/or). Volunteers are organized in chapters around the state. These citizen groups are led by parents, educators, and other community members who are concerned about issues that affect our children’s education.


    Click on this link to sign up to volunteer: http://vols.pt/z3wUha

    ▪ Chalkboard Project (www.chalkboard project.org) This independent and non-partisan group offers all Oregonians a voice and a role in making key decisions for their schools.