Alderwood Volunteer.
Alderwood volunteer in a classroom.

Volunteers provide invaluable support in delivering on The Bellingham Promise to empower every child to discover and develop a passion for learning and be ready for the widest range of educational and vocational options.

We have volunteer opportunities in the following areas (click on the title to learn more):

Application Process and Instructions

Birchwood volunteer
Birchwood Volunteer

All volunteers are required to complete the online application which includes a disclosure statement, review of policies and procedures and submission of picture identification. This information is used to perform a background check through Washington State Patrol, a requirement for all district volunteers. In addition, all volunteers are required to review the Volunteer Handbook prior to their first day of volunteering.

Computers are located in the lobby of the district office at 1306 Dupont St. If you are unable to apply online, contact the volunteer coordinator at 360-647-6848.

New Volunteers

Community volunteers who do not have an assigned school designation please contact the volunteer coordinator to determine a volunteer placement.

Approval Process

When all of your volunteer application materials have been received, the school district will perform a background check, which is required by law. It can take up to one week for approval from the time your application materials are received. You will receive an email confirmation when your application has been approved. Your name will also be added to the approved volunteers list, which all schools have access to. Your volunteer status is approved for two academic years. 

Check your approval status

Cordata volunteer Wayne
Cordata Volunteer and students during writing workshop

Schools can check to see if your volunteer application is approved and current. Ask a staff member in the school office to see if your name is on the approved volunteers list. You can also contact the volunteer office to check your approval at 360-647-6848.

  • Parents/Family Members: Please contact your student(s) teacher or school for volunteer placement.
  • Community Members: Approved volunteers who do not have a school affiliation should attend a volunteer orientation and contact the district volunteer coordinator to identify a proper volunteer placement.
  • Teachers: To post your volunteer needs, please go to the volunteer intranet site.


Contact volunteer coordinator, Jennifer Gaer at 360-647-6848 or email

Thank you again for volunteering for our schools!