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:

  • AVID Tutor
  • Food and Garden Educator
  • Classroom Aide
  • Enrichment Buddy
  • Lunch/Recess Buddy
  • Tutor/Mentor

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.

New Volunteer Orientation

Community volunteers who do not have an assigned school designation and wish to learn more about Bellingham Public Schools and volunteer program needs, may join us for a one-hour information session on one of the following dates at the district office:

September 12, 1 to 2 p.m.

October 10, 6 to 7 p.m.

November 14, 9 to 10 a.m.

December 12, 1 to 2 p.m.

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.

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 or a teacher 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 contact the district volunteer coordinator to identify a proper volunteer placement.
  • Teachers: To post your volunteer needs, please go to the volunteer intranet site.

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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