Volunteers Archive

A strong volunteer base makes for a healthy long-term parent group. You'll find ideas in the articles below to help you get greater parent and community involvement in your PTO, and to express appreciation for time and talents shared. Get more ideas and information on the PTO Volunteer Recruitment & Recognition page. (For articles about getting more moms and dads engaged at school, go to the Parent Involvement archive.)

  • Mother-Daughter PTA Team

    A 17-year-old shares a seat on the executive board with her mom to make a better school for her little sister.
  • Change Your Micromanaging Ways

    Could you be a micromanager? If so, you're probably limiting involvement in your group. Here's how to lighten your grip without having everything fall apart.
  • Superintendent Starts Dads' Clubs

    Overcoming the skeptics, a superintendent created thriving involvement among dads at all of an urban district's schools.
  • Don't Say It!

    12 casual comments that discourage involvement, 12 positive alternatives that build it.
  • Protect Volunteers From Legal Risks

    Having a few key policies in place can minimize the risks to parent volunteers.
  • New Laws for Screening Volunteers

    Three states passed laws in 2007 that addressed fingerprinting or doing background checks on school volunteers.
  • Recruiting Preschool Parents

    Involvement by parents whose children haven't even started school yet is great for everyone: They get a low-stress introduction to the school, and your group expands its membership base (and the pool of future leaders, too).
  • Connect With Grandparents and Seniors

    Reaching out to grandparents and seniors will pay dividends. Here’s how to make it happen.
  • 25 Ways To Catch and Keep School Volunteers

    Volunteer recruitment tips to bring them in, keep them happy, and avoid the pitfalls that will keep them from coming back.
  • A Tool To Manage Volunteers

    PTO Manager helps you find and track volunteers, and manage your finances more efficiently.
  • Tax Breaks for Volunteers

    School or parent group volunteers may be entitled to some tax breaks for their contributions; tax professionals recommend taking deductions only if the group is a registered 501(c)(3) charity.
  • Recruit Volunteers by Phone

    "Can you make a few calls?" may be the single phrase volunteers least like to hear. A simple system can make the task less stressful and more successful.
  • Do You Really Want Help?

    Often it's easier to just do things yourself. But for the long-term health of your group, your time can be better spent.
  • The One-Hour Pledge

    You'll get a lot more people to volunteer if they know there's a limit to their commitment.
  • Build Your Volunteer Base: 11 Ideas

    Tried-and-true ideas to nurture volunteers and make sure that every involvement experience is a positive one.
  • 26 Ways To Build Parent Involvement

    Getting more parents to participate is as easy as A, B, C when you follow this list of best practices.
  • Care and Feeding of Key Volunteers

    Your core members are so important to the success of your group. Make sure they're getting what they need out of their volunteer experience.
  • 10 Tips for Classroom Volunteers

    A teacher and PTO leader offers tips on how class moms and dads can help—and have a more rewarding volunteer experience, too.
  • Time: The New Currency for Volunteers

    Time is a precious commodity for today's overcommitted families. To get them involved, show them you understand and offer a variety of ways they can participate.
  • Orienting New Members

    Help newbies hit the ground running by creating a welcoming atmosphere and giving them the opportunity and information they need to be able to contribute right away.