How many of these reactions have you gotten when you've approached parents about volunteering?

When you’re on the PTO, you know what it’s like to “bump” into an unsuspecting parent at the grocery store. Suddenly, she finds that box of cereal super-interesting and worth a closer look. Heck, some dads will even grow a full-on beard to dupe PTO leaders who lurk in the bleachers at weekend baseball games. What are they so afraid of, anyway?!

Unfortunately, getting involved is a huge ask for some folks; they don’t realize that just a few hours of their time can make a world of a difference within the school community. But unless you keep asking around at the park, scouring the lines at the store, and haunting the carpool pickup line, you’ll never find those gems who make all the effort worthwhile.

How many of these reactions have you gotten?

1. The parent who sees you and your clipboard coming from a mile away.

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2. The parent who will only volunteer if her friends will, too.

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3. The parent who isn’t fazed by anything and will gladly clean up after the pancake breakfast.

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4. The newbie parent who doesn’t really know what she’s getting into.

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5. The parent who’s been waiting for you to ask since the first day of school. 

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6. The parent who has perfected the art of the blank stare.

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7. The parent with the so-sorry-I-can’t-help head shake.

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8. The parent who has never been more ready to volunteer than this very moment.

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Time to put your game face on and get out there! And remember, for every “no” you get, there’s a resounding “yes” right around the corner. The more parents you approach, the greater your chances of finding a few folks who are willing to step up and make a difference. We have a few pointers to get you started in “25 Ways to Catch and Keep Volunteers.”