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What Volunteering Means for You

September 07, 2021
By Sian Owen-Cruise
What Volunteering Means for You

Volunteers can make all the difference at a school!  From practical, hands-on work in the classrooms and around the campus to valuable input about school governance and development, our school could not function without the amazing support we receive from volunteers.

But, it's not just about us, there are many benefits of volunteering.  Here's what's in it for you:

You'll help create a better learning environment for your children

Schools with a strong volunteer base perform better. There are many demands placed on schools with limited financial resources. Any volunteer effort can help bridge that gap at no additional cost to the school.  Also, teachers work incredibly hard! They're superheros, but they can't do it alone. Taking things off the plate of teachers, administration, and staff frees them up to do what they do best—educate our children.

You'll meet and make new friends and help build a vibrant community

Sure it sounds cliché, but raising children takes a village. Volunteering at school is a great way to connect with other parents and create a circle of adult friends. Over time, these friends grow to know and love your children. Never underestimate the power of community in raising children.

You get a better understanding of where your child spends so much time!

Our children spend a LOT of time at school. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to share in school-related experiences. It gives you more in common. Even when not in their classroom you gain a deeper familiarity for the environment, the trends and the ethos of the school. School becomes more of a family experience for everyone.

You'll build deeper relationships with teachers and staff

Your child’s teacher and school staff are your teammates in parenting.  And, at a Waldorf school your child is likely to have the same teachers over multiple years. They have a tremendous impact on children, both academically and socially. Having a presence at school is a great way to get to know them better, show them your support and build relationships that can help them support your child.

You can use your skills and share your talents

Volunteering is a great way to showcase your strengths. Look for opportunities that are within your wheelhouse. Using the skills that come naturally to you makes things easier (and often more enjoyable). If you love baking, sign up to help with a bake sale. If you love photography, offer to take photos at school events. If you're business minded, join the committee.  Volunteering will feel less burdensome, and your natural talents will be appreciated.

When parents are involved in their children's education, the children are more likely to:

  • earn better grades.
  • score higher on tests.
  • pass their classes.
  • attend school regularly.
  • have better social skills.
  • show improved behavior.
  • be more positive in their attitude toward school.
  • complete homework assignments.
  • graduate and continue their education.

(Check out the research!)

Any volunteering is good for your health!

You can't argue with the science.

There may be more benefits that you'd think.

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