Volunteer
  • Whatever your personality, lifestyle or schedule,
    there are many ways to contribute and make a positive impact.

     

    Some people think volunteering for the PTA is a huge responsibility and a never-ending commitment of time, but we’ll prove that’s just not true. 

    And you don't have to be a parent or stepparent to help.  Grandparents, older siblings, and other extended family and friends are always welcome to get involved. Our goal is to connect as many engaged people as we can to the school, in whatever ways they are willing to join in.

     


     Our promise: We will honor your time constraints and
    never push you to commit more than you want or are able to do.
     



    Ways to help from home or on your own schedule:

    • Collect and submit Box Tops, Redner's receipts, and Tyson Labels. See our Fundraising page for more details.

    • Sign up and shop through programs like A+ Rewards and AmazonSmile, and remember to encourage your family and friends to do the same!

    • Provide administrative help by contacting businesses for donations, or submitting Box Tops, receipts, and labels to the sponsoring companies.

    • Check out our wish list and donate items for use at our events.

    • Use your extreme couponing and deal hunting skills to purchase and donate needed items, such as refreshments, paper products, craft supplies, prizes, and more.

    • Collaborate on projects like the PTA website and email communications, or learn more about putting together the annual yearbook.

    • Design flyers, posters, displays, and handouts.

    • Use your nonprofit experience to help with consultation and grant writing.

    • Make a monetary donation to the PTA, and check if your company has a policy or program to match charitable donations.

    Ways to help during the school day:

    • Make copies and distribute flyers to classrooms.

    • Help kids shop at the book fairs.

    • Volunteer time for in-school fundraisers like Cutest Pet Contest.

    • Update the marquee outside the school.

    • Sort and distribute deliveries of fundraiser items.

    • Set up, decorate, and break down special events like Good Citizen and Teacher/Staff Appreciation luncheons or the book fairs.

     

     Ways to help at events:

    • Chair an event of your choosing, or shadow a current chairperson to learn more.

    • Help set up, decorate, and break down an evening or weekend event.

    • Provide entertainment: magicians, balloon artists, face painting, etc., are all welcome.

    • Provide music: It's a well-known fact that West kids love a good dance party.

    • Supply catering or food, or help contact businesses for discounts.

    • Provide rental items such as bounce houses, tables, tents, and coolers.

    • Offer building, carpentry, or mechanical skills.

    • Volunteer on Family Night at the book fair, or at restaurant events.

    • Participate in our vendor fair.

    • Photograph events for inclusion in the yearbook and on the website.

    • Small business owners – make a donation and we'll advertise your business.

    Download and print or email this list to family and friends.  Every little bit helps!


    NEW IDEAS!

    Do you have a fund raising idea? A talent you can share? Let us know! New ideas

    Please note: Since our biggest priority is our students, all our events and fundraisers are family- and kid-friendly.  We are an all-volunteer organization and have limited financial and personnel resources, and we do have to consider school district schedules and approvals, so we may not be able to accommodate every single idea.

    However, the energy and enthusiasm of our community is what makes our PTA so successful. Your suggestions and ideas may inspire others in unexpected ways, so don’t hesitate to contribute!


    A note on clearances

    Pennsylvania state law mandates that all volunteers age 18 and older who have contact with children must obtain background clearances. These clearances are generally easy to complete (should take about 20 minutes for most people) and remain valid for 3 years. For volunteers who have resided for the last 10 consecutive years in Pennsylvania, these clearances are free.  There may be an additional small charge for volunteers who do not meet that qualification. To apply for your clearances, follow the directions on the Pottsgrove school district website.

    For more information from the state, visit keepkidssafe.pa.gov.