VOLUNTEERING FOR THE SCHOOL
The goal of requiring parent volunteer hours is to encourage a spirit of shared commitment among all families for the benefit of Pope Francis Global Academy. Each family is asked to complete 20 hours of service between April 1 of the current school year and March 31 of the following calendar year/same school year. After March 31, a final tally will be made of the hours logged by each family and any unmet hours will be billed at $15/hour on or near April 30. Families will have until June 1 to pay that bill on FACTS.
We prefer to not have to bill anyone, so we encourage you to pace yourself and do several hours each month so you do not come up short. Opportunities for daytime, nighttime, weekend, at-school, at-home, in the neighborhood, etc. are available. Please keep an eye out for opportunities.
Once you do them, don't forget to log them! LOG VOLUNTEER HOURS HERE.
Many types of volunteer work require VIRTUS training to be completed before helping. VIRTUS is a program required for any volunteers throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago who works with children in any capacity. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS MADE. It is best to get this done ASAP so that you are ready when a job comes up that you would like to help with. VIRTUS INFORMATION HERE.
Current OPPORTUNITIES to earn hours
OFFICE PROJECTS - Throughout the year (let Sandy Czyz or Linda Garrett know that you are available and looking to pick up hours)
There are, on occasion, projects that require extra help in the offices. Look for those to be posted, or call the school office when you have time to see if there are current needs.
LUNCH AND RECESS MONITOR - Daily
Each day parents and grandparents are welcome to come and help with lunch and recess. Please sign in as a volunteer at the school office and pick up a Visitor Pass and then sign out when you leave. (VIRTUS training is required.)
FIELD TRIP CHAPERONES - Throughout the year
Trips are planned for throughout the school year and chaperones are arranged by the teachers. (VIRTUS training is required)
PARENT AMBASSADORS – Throughout the year (current needs…sign up on Volunteerspot.com…look for links on home page and below.)
We are always in need of people to help get the word out about our school. Posting flyers in the neighborhood is one way to help. Parent Ambassadors also help to plan Admissions Events (Open House, Informational Coffees, School Tours, etc.) They can help with the Wolf Pups program. They can also help to make follow up phone calls to prospective parents and speak after Masses at our founding parishes. Contact Jodi Thyen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PARENTS' CLUB – Throughout the year (events being planned now)
Helping with any Parents’ Club activities (planning, set up, clean up, whatever they need help with) will count toward your service hours. From taking a position on their board, to heading up a committee, to working on a committee or even, or just taking a shift at the book fair or Holiday Market, they need lots of man-hours from any and all parents to get their wonderful special activities accomplished. Attending meetings does not count as hours unless you are a board or committee member or planning a specific event.
Room Parents, who organize holiday parties and more, are a subcommittee of Parents’ Club. If you are interested, contact email@example.com. Many of these positions require VIRTUS training.
ATHLETICS – Fall, Winter, Spring (In planning now)
Coaching, planning schedules, ordering uniforms, or other logistics with the Athletic Director and/or coaches, helping with concession stands, helping to plan the banquets or award ceremonies, set up or clean up after events, etc. Speak with a team coach to see what they need help with. Contact Frank Monaco at firstname.lastname@example.org. (VIRTUS training is required.)
SCOUTS – Ongoing – Check with your parish to find out who you should contact
If you are the leader of a troop of Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts, which serves a significant number of students from PFGA, you may count up to 5 hours of your service to the troop for school service hours. Hours that may be counted would be hours directly helping to plan or execute a specific meeting/badge-work, service project or school-related project. Attending a scout event as a guest or chaperone would not count. (VIRTUS training is required.)
FUNDRAISERS, COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND SPECIAL EVENTS - Ongoing
Festivals, Open House or Enrollment Events, and School Fairs – Summertime and throughout the year (Volunteers needed now!)
All parents are invited to help on certain weekends (primarily in the nice weather) specifically to promote the school at booths at local festivals and farmers’ markets. There is also a preschool fair in the fall where we need help. There are many hours of help needed in this area. These opportunities will be published in the Howler and on the school website. Contact Jodi at email@example.com.
Trivia Nights — Fall and Spring (in planning now)
A fun way to get to know lots of other parents, Trivia Night is a traditional favorite from our founding schools! Megan O’Neill headed up this fall’s event and we’ve got another in the works for the spring. She will need help securing prizes, running the side games (heads and tails, raffle, etc.) and possibly MCing the night. Please let her know if you’d like to help by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Haunted House – Fall
One of our largest fundraisers of the year, and the one with the most volunteers needed is the Catacombs Haunted House. This requires hours and hours of planning and many, many people to run it every night (it runs for 9 nights over the 4 weeks leading up to Halloween!) You can be heavily involved OR you can sign up for a simple 5 hour shift to take tickets, dress as a ghoul or monster, or work as a monitor. Contact Lynda Ovalle at email@example.com. (Many of these positions, but not all, require VIRTUS training.)
Please read the following FAQ about volunteering for the Haunted House so you are prepared to sign up for next year.
Catacombs Volunteer Registration Form (this is the form for this year. The only help still needed this year will be on Sunday night, October 28 from 10-11pm with cleaning up and packing away decorations, props, booths, signage, etc. We need to leave the church and school completely clean. SHOW UP ON OCTOBER 28 TO HELP!)
Howl at the Moon – Fall (in planning now)
Our biggest social event and auction fundraiser of the year, this is held in the spring and requires lots of volunteers for planning, securing auction items, arranging food and drink, etc. It also requires lots of time working with the kids on their auction projects, promoting the event, setting up the event, running things on the night of the event, and cleaning up after. Contact Darlene Duggan at firstname.lastname@example.org. (For some positions VIRTUS training is required, but not all.)
Pasta Dinner - April (these hours will count toward NEXT school year’s commitment)
Another fun and very social event to help with is the Pasta Dinner which will be held on April 7 at Our Lady of Victory. This is a family night out with games, craft projects for the kids and, of course, lots of PASTA! Help with planning the event, marketing the event to friends and neighbors, or with set up, serving food, or clean up after the event. Katie Kupka heads this effort and she can be reached by email at email@example.com.
Wolf Run - May (these hours will count toward NEXT school year’s commitment)
This is a school fundraiser which happens at the end of May. Most of the help will be needed just before or AT the event. Planning for this will begin in late winter. Look for information in the Howler beginning in February or so.