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Why Volunteer

Volunteers offer much-needed support to our staff and supplemental programs and services for our students.  Volunteers also save the district money so they can better provide for essentials like competitive teacher salaries.  Did you know that cafeteria volunteers save the district $400,000 per year?!

Volunteering is also a great opportunity to connect and build relationships with parents, community members, and staff while modeling the service mindset we aim to teach our students... "Enter to Learn. Go Forth to Serve."  You may even get to see your kids at school!

See our many ways to get involved below. 

Volunteer Opportunities

CAFETERIA

Serve food or cashier in our cafeteria.  Sign up for a monthly shift, or a single shift whenever you're available.  Or ask to be added to our sub list to take a shift as needed.  Shifts are from 10:45-1:30.  Sign up here or learn more here.  (To sign up for a monthly shift, sign up only for the first occurence and the volunteer coordinator will add the other monthly shifts for you).

SUPPLY SHOP​

Volunteers sell school supplies, books, and snacks in our supply shop. Two people are scheduled for each shift, so you may choose to volunteer with a friend.  Shifts are once per month at 7:30-9:00am, 10:45-12:00pm, or 12:00-1:30pm, OR you can sign up to be on our sub list to fill in as needed. Sign up here or email us with questions.  (To sign up for a monthly shift, sign up only for the first occurence and the volunteer coordinator will add the other monthly shifts for you).

NEWCOMERS

Volunteer to be matched with a new family to welcome them to the district and help them navigate HPHS.  Email our Newcomers Chair to sign up.

COLLEGE NIGHT

College Night Volunteer.  Shifts will be available morning, afternoon, and evening to help with set up on Wednesday, September 13th.  Email our College Night Chair to sign up.

SCI-TECH FEST

This year's event is on November 13th, 2023.  We have three opportunities for volunteers. 

  • General Volunteer- Assist with attendance, hospitality & publicity promoting the Sci-Tech Fest and STEAM careers.

  • Speaker- Volunteer to be an event speaker if you have experience to share in a STEAM field.

  • Speaker Chaperone- Accompany guest speakers to/from classrooms, assist with student attendance, attend presentations for two class periods between 8:00 am and 3:30 pm.  

Email our Sci-Tech Fest Chairs to sign up.

LITFEST
Volunteer on LitFest Workshop Day at the High School to accompany one of the workshop presenters to the classroom and watch a writing workshop. You will be amazed at the quality of the workshop presenters who have in the past included Pulitzer Prize winners.  This is a 2 to 3 hour shift between 8:00am and 3:30pm on a Friday in February 2024 (TBD).  Email our LitFest Chair to sign up.

AP TESTING

Serve as a hall monitor during AP testing to ensure a quiet environment for our kids.  Shifts are typically 3 hours.  Email our AP Testing Chair to sign up.

Sign up or Manage your shifts

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To Sign Up for a shift:

  • Click on the SignUp link.

  • Choose Cafeteria, Supply Shop, or other event you want to volunteer for.  (If you don't see the event, reach out to the Chair instead.)

  • Choose the shift you want to work and then enter your email address.

  • To receive text reminders about your shift, be sure to enter your phone number and check the box for text reminders.

  • Click Save and Done.

  • If you want to take a monthly shift, sign up only for the first occurrence of that shift.  The volunteer coordinator will add the other monthly shifts, and you will receive an email confirmation when that is completed.

To View Existing Shifts:

  • Click on the SignUp link.

  • Choose Cafeteria, Supply Shop, or other event you signed up for.  (If your event is not on SignUp.com, reach out to the Chair in charge of the event instead.)

  • Confirm your email address if the site remembers you.  If it does not remember you, click Sign In at the top right of the page and then enter the email address you used when you signed up.  

  • Select the "Show My Shifts" checkbox.

To request a swap (trade shifts with someone):

  • Follow the instructions above to view your shifts.

  • Then choose "Swap Request" next to the shift you need a swap for.

  • Choose dates you could swap for. 

  • If someone accepts your swap request, you will receive an email confirmation.  If you do not receive an email, your request is still pending.  You can repeat the process to try again if needed.

 

TIPS ON SWAPS:

  • The Swap Request feature will trade your shift with someone else's, meaning if it is accepted, you will be signed up for their shift and they will be signed up for yours.  So only choose shifts you would be willing/able to swap for.  

  • DO NOT choose "Select All," as this will allow someone from ANY day to swap with you and swaps cannot be undone.  If their shift doesn't work for you, you will then have to find a swap/sub for that new shift.

  • Browse the shifts first to look for a friend who might swap with you and reach out to them separately.  Then go in and submit the swap request for that date. (The request will go to all volunteers on that date, but you can enter a note that the request is for a specific person and others can ignore it.)

  • If you cannot find a friend to swap, try sending a Swap Request to other shifts that are the same day of the week as yours (e.g. if your shift is a Tuesday, choose other Tuesday shifts).  

  • If you are not able to swap shifts or find a sub, reach out to your day captain for assistance. 

Questions?

Email our VSP Chair for more information.

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