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.

Approval Process

When volunteer applications have been processed, applicants receive an email confirmation upon approval. This process can take up to one week from the time the application is completed. Approved 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 are required to 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.

Volunteer Training 

Training is important for the development, motivation and retention of volunteers. To ensure volunteers are prepared for their assigned role, the following trainings are offered at Central Services (1306 Dupont St).

Volunteer Orientation

Required for all new community volunteers who do not have students within Bellingham Public Schools. This is not required for parents/guardians of students.
  • Required for all new community volunteers who do not have students within Bellingham Public Schools. This is not required for parents/guardians of students.

AVID Training

Optional for volunteers interested in this program. Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) is a college readiness program for middle and high school students.
    You only need to sign up for one training.

Mentor Training

Optional for volunteers interested in this pilot program focused on third through fifth grade students. Learn to work one-on-one with student on goal setting and building confidence in social and academic settings.
    You only need to sign up for one training.

Volunteers Driving Students

Volunteers who are willing to drive students in district vans will need to begin the Driver Approval Process with the secretary of the school their student attends or with the athletic secretary of the school their student attends if athletic or club related activities.  No volunteer is allowed to drive students until this process is complete. On a rare occasion, volunteers are allowed to drive their own vehicle only after the Driver Approval Process has been completed.

Questions?

Contact volunteer coordinator, Jennifer Gaer at 360-647-6848 or email jennifer.gaer@bellinghamschools.org

Thank you again for volunteering for our schools!

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Jennifer Gaer

Volunteer Coordinator

360-647-6848