Volunteering at school is rewarding, but let’s be honest; it can be hard work and time consuming. As a longtime volunteer at both of my daughters’ schools, I’ve learned how to help out without losing my mind. I hope you will use these tips and either start or continue to sign up and volunteer.
- Learn to Say No – You have probably heard this a million times. Instead of just saying no, try to find someone else to do it. I keep a list of volunteers and we trade off on tasks and help each other out in emergencies.
- KISS – Keep it simple silly – often times a volunteer project is overly complex because multiple people are working on it. Help break it down to simple steps and take on one step to do on your own. Another example is instead of baking for a bake sale; ask a store to donate some goodies.
- Make a Schedule – and stick to it. You know what the best days are for you to take on extra tasks. It may be the day that you have pizza for dinner, or when both of your children stay after school for chorus. Go ahead and use your school’s signup sheets to volunteer for those days.
- Don’t Be that One Everyone Turns To – They love me, they really love me. You may think it’s a compliment, but it’s always that way when you volunteer. Usually a few people are the only ones who help out with everything. As much as you may want to do this, it’s a sure way to getting burnt out.
This may seem like a negative post about volunteering at school. I promise you it’s not. Instead it’s just practical advice so you can be the best volunteer possible. Since my daughter is taking online classes instead of attending school this year, I’m signing up for a political campaign because volunteering is in my blood.
In the past though, I’ve done been a parent volunteer to help with open house, to help specific teachers, to shelf books at the school library, to do data entry, to help with the spring, winter, Earth Day and career day fairs and much more. I was also a PTA member every year. I wish we used Volunteer Spot for free scheduling. They provide email reminders, email invitations and make it easy to coordinate scheduling and projects. You can try a demo to see how it helps save time and helps you save your sanity.
Back to School Sweeps – Win an iPad for you and $500 for your school via VolunteerSpot’s Facebook page. Hurry! It ends September 15th.
Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. I’m taking part in the “I’m Signing Up” campaign for Volunteer Spot because I believe in volunteering.