Volunteer Spotlight: Update from Shannon Fiedler, Volunteer Liaison
As we head into February break (and are 2/3 of the way done with this school year!), I wanted to share some thoughts around volunteerism at Mountain Phoenix Community School (MPCS).
For families of full-time students who are asked to complete 40 hours a school year, that averages to roughly 4-5 hours a month, or about 24-26 hours completed so far. For families of part-time students who are asked for 20 hours, this is about 2-3 hours a month, or 12-14 hours completed. I think it’s helpful to see this type of breakdown to gauge whether you are on track to completing your hours this year. (Of course, I know that some people save their time and work hard on initiatives that occur later in the year, such as Teacher Appreciation, the Auction, or May Faire/Grandparents Day. Hint: We need help with all of these events, if you are interested!)
Another interesting fact that I want to share is that in 2015, one volunteer hour was valued at $23.56, according to the Independent Sector. (The 2016 valuation will be released in April 2017.) At MPCS, we consider each $10 you spend as one volunteer hour. And, I won’t do the math for you, but I think it’s also interesting to calculate the “market value” of your volunteer time.
Also, if you are interested in sharing a profile of yourself in the weekly “Volunteer Spotlight” on the blog, which is then shared in The Weekly Reporter and on Facebook, we would love to learn about you. Please think of this as not only an opportunity to talk about how you help at our school, but also as an opportunity to introduce yourself to the community at large and inspire other parents to volunteer now or in the future. I know that, especially for new families, we may hear a name tossed around campus but not know any more, so it’s so lovely to read more about a person and to see a picture. Please email me if you are interested in being featured: firstname.lastname@example.org
And lastly to those of you who I’ve spoken to on the phone, thank you. I’ve so enjoyed calling and chatting with many of our families already, and if you’ve not been able to log your hours in HelpCounter yet, I will likely reach out to you to find out how I can help. I’ve been so heartened to hear the sincere and earnest desire to help out in the voices of so many parents.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need any assistance. I’m on campus on Mondays (upstairs in Dirk’s office) and would also be glad to meet some new faces if you feel inclined to say hello.
I hope you have a restful and peaceful break next week.
In gratitude for all you do,