First, we’d like to invite you to attend a PTA event! You don’t need to be a PTA member and you don’t need to volunteer — just show up, have fun, and get to know your PTA.
Then check the opportunities below and join us — you’ll be helping your child and making new friends at the same time!
The PTA cannot function without the ideas, energy, and time of our volunteers. If your work or home schedule doesn’t allow for time on campus, don’t worry — most jobs can be done on your own time or on the weekends, and most jobs aren’t a big time commitment. By volunteering, you aren’t just supporting your school: you’re also doing yourself a favor by connecting with the wonderful families in your community. Read more here.
Find the Right Role for You
If you’re not sure what you want to do, no worries. Reach out to us, in person or online, and we’ll be happy to help you find the right opportunity. For new families, we recommend you follow these steps to get connected — we’d love to meet you!
Step 1: First, make sure to subscribe to the PTA eNews email to keep up-to-date on school and PTA events.
Step 2: Make sure to sign up for and use your UpToUs account for volunteer opportunities, online directory, and event calendar.
Step 3: Connect with your child’s room parent. The room parents can help you with questions about PTA events and opportunities, or they’ll put you in touch with someone who can.
Step 4: Attend an event! You do not need to be a PTA member, and it’s a great way to meet people and get connected with your community.
Volunteer Positions Overview
This is not a complete list of all the jobs available, so if your preferred position isn’t here, please contact us!
Volunteering to help with a social activity is generally a one-day commitment, and is a great chance to meet people. Most events take place in the evenings or on weekends. (If you love social activities and are looking for more, you might want to be a coordinate for one of these events!)
- Ice Cream Social. Set up, clean up, serve pizza, or purchase supplies. (< 4 hours)
- Walk to School Day. Set up, clean up, serve snacks, monitor activities, reward prizes. (< 4 hours)
- Harvest Festival. Set up, clean up, sell tickets, run activities, support the bake sale. (2-8 hours)
- Holiday Teacher Lunch & Cookie Exchange. Set up, clean up, make lunch or cookies. (<4 hours)
- Movie Nights. Set up, clean up, make popcorn. (<4 hours)
- Family Math Night. Set up, clean up, help to monitor games. (<4 hours)
- Juana Run. Set up, clean up, purchase food, help to monitor course. (<4 hours)
- Ice Skating Party. Set up, clean up, purchase food or bake cookies, serve food, sell baked goods. (<4 hours)
- International Fair. Set up, clean up, design a poster for your country, bring & serve potluck food. (2-8 hours)
These roles generally don’t require being on campus at any particular time, so they’re good if you’re looking for flexibility.
- Poster Maker. Create and hang posters for upcoming events. Most events have re-usable posters, and supplies are available in the office. (4 hours per month)
- Marquee Boards. Post monthly events and information on the boards at both school entrances. (2 hours per month)
- PTA Information Board. Update the board by the MP room with upcoming events and information. (4 hours per month)
- Web Communications. Update the website with events and information. (4 hours per month)
- Email Communications. Compile information and send out the eNews newsletter. (4 hours per month)
- Print Communications. Write and edit the printed PTA newsletter. (8 hours per month)
Ways & Means
The PTA can’t support our kids without healthy fundraising, so these roles are key for making sure our events run smoothly.
- Great Gatherings & Silent Auction. Join the organizing committee, compile the auction booklet, help solicit donations, take payments at the event. (most roles about 4 hours, organizing roles more)
- Book Fair. Set up, break down, help organize, work a shift selling books. (most roles about 4 hours, organizing roles more)
- Spirit Wear. Sell Briones spirit wear at various events during the school year. (4 hours per month)
These school activities and traditions need extras hands to make possible.
- School Picture Day. Help teachers bring students to and from the MP room for their pictures. (< 1 day)
- Vision & Hearing Tests. Help bring students to and from the MP room for their tests. (< 1 day)
- Library Volunteers. Help keep the library open during lunch hour, either once a week or once a month. Shelf books and assist the librarian during lunch hour. (1 shift per week or per month)
- Yearbook Staff Photographers. Take photos during school and class events.
- Yearbook Account Managers. Help with managing the ordering system and with yearbook communications.
- Voluntary Transfer Program (VTP) Rep. Help to welcome and involve our East Palo Alto Briones families with activities and programs. Spanish-speaking is a plus!
- Green Team. Help to make Briones an eco-friendly school.
The PTA is working on multiple programs to support both our Juana Briones community and our wider community during COVID-19. We invite all Briones families to join us in volunteering or donating if you’re able to do so.
Join a support committee
We have volunteers working on a number of programs, and we need your help too! Sign up for eNEWS for updates or email email@example.com to get started. We are:
- Picking up PAUSD lunches and delivering them to families who are not able to make the pick-up.
- Helping families set up their WIFI access and identifying those without devices.
- Working with teachers to print out and mail work packets to families without printers.
- Putting Palo Alto families who have self identified in touch with local services to feed their families.
- Working with other PTA leaders to determine how to assemble and distribute school supplies before Spring Break and to help provide meals during this time.
- Establishing relationships with the South Palo Alto Food Bank and our families in need, to get food picked up by families.
- Working with Google to become part of its FEMA efforts.
- Setting up the Weekly Challenges on Facebook and on the Google Slides document and building more virtual socialization activities.
Donate to support the community
These local organizations are all ramping up efforts to support families in need due to loss of income at this time. Donations in any amount or volunteer hours will make a difference!
Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP)
Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP) published a wishlist of items they are in most need of at this time. Please consider dropping off items or simply donating money.
Second Harvest Food Bank
The Second Harvest Food Bank will be a major source of food for our most vulnerable families. Please consider supporting their much needed efforts with donations or volunteer time.
Ravenswood Community Foundation (REF)
The Ravenswood Community Foundation (REF) is establishing an emergency fund to provide financial relief related to the school closures for families in the Ravenswood School District.
Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula
Your donation to the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula will help them distribute dinners and grocery boxes to families in need.
RISE works closely with families and educators in East Palo Alto to support students from infancy through college.