Update September 2020: Since we are beginning the school year remotely, our traditional on-site volunteer program is currently on hold. We are examining other ways to use our wonderful volunteers or as our instructional model changes, so please check back for future potential online volunteer opportunities. Thank you!
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):
- AVID Tutor
- Food and Garden Educator
- Classroom Aide
- After-School Activity Buddy-elementary level
- Lunch/Recess Buddy
- High School Tutor
Application Process and Instructions
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.
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
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.
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).
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. This form must be returned to the school.
Contact volunteer coordinator, Jennifer Gaer at 360-647-6848 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you again for volunteering for our schools!