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Parent Involvement 101

Our new series of virtual educational sessions is kicking off on Sept. 29 with Parent Involvement 101! We’ll share expert advice and best practices during this free 1-hour session. Graduates will receive a certificate, downloadable guide, and free T-shirt*. Save your seat!

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PTO Today Magazine—Digital Edition

Great tips, advice, and action steps to help you boost parent and student involvement by putting diversity and inclusion efforts front and center in your group, fixing a clique reputation, building school spirit, and much more.

PTO Today Article

Change a Bad Reputation With Parents

Tips to win over parents who have a poor impression of your PTO.

PTO Today Article

How To Be an Effective PTO or PTA Volunteer Coordinator

A well-run volunteer program comes down to organization and communication.

Volunteer Appreciation

Volunteer Appreciation Ideas That Work Right Now

Your parent volunteers have juggled a lot this year. From cozy socks to meal deliveries and more, we share ideas so you can thank them while staying safe.

Free Appreciation Guide
Volunteer Appreciation Ideas and More

32 Volunteer Appreciation Ideas and More

Volunteer appreciation matters. From super-simple ideas to grander gestures, say thanks to your volunteers in ways that will make them feel good (and keep them coming back)!

Get Them Involved!

16 Volunteer Recruitment Strategies for PTOs and PTAs

Get and keep more volunteers for your parent group with these approaches.

Free Involvement Guide
Put Parent Involvement First

Put Parent Involvement First: 10 Tips

Make involvement your top priority and every challenge your group faces will get a whole lot easier.

Free Recruitment Tools
Make School Volunteer Recruitment Easier With 2 Hour Power

2 Hour Power Pledge Program

Scratch "not enough volunteers" off your list of stressors. Our 2 Hour Power school volunteer recruitment program has all the steps and tools you need to build your base—2 hours at a time.

Volunteer Appreciation

Thank-You Cards for School Volunteers

Show volunteers your appreciation with one of these sassy cards.

Volunteers

9 Ways To Make Volunteering Easier

Simple but effective ways to help more parents get involved with your group.

Be a Rockin' Room Parent!

Room Parent by PTO Today

We have another great resource for our community of school volunteers! Room Parent by PTO Today (formerly Homeroom Mom) has all the tips and ideas you need to be an awesome room parent.

Involvement

18 Ways To Get More Parent Volunteers

Try these leader-tested, nuts-and-bolts ways to build parent involvement.

Volunteers

Volunteer Interest Surveys

Detailed forms for parents to fill out, marking the programs and committees for which they would like to volunteer. Some also available in Spanish.

PTO Today Article

Reach Out to Parents With a Pledge Program

PTO volunteer recruitment pledge programs make a big difference for schools, one hour at a time.

PTO Today Article

Volunteers: Use Them or Lose Them

The way you follow up with interested parents can make or break your volunteer recruitment efforts.

Volunteers

8 Keys to Volunteer Appreciation

When it comes to thanking your volunteers, it's always worth the effort.

Volunteer Appreciation

A Culture of Volunteer Appreciation

Ensuring that your volunteers feel valued is the best way to keep them coming back. And it isn’t hard to do.

PTO Today Article

Volunteer Appreciation Done Right

Don’t wait for the big annual event to say thanks. We’ve rounded up a bunch of volunteer appreciation ideas that can be used year-round.

PTO Today Article

Rethink Your School Volunteer Recruitment

When your appeals for help aren’t getting results, it’s time to try something—or someone—new.

Volunteers

Why Don’t People Volunteer?

The real reasons people don’t help, and what you can do about it.

VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT

25 Ways To Entice New Volunteers

Tips to bring volunteers in, keep them happy, and avoid the pitfalls that will keep them from coming back.

LEADERSHIP

How To Cultivate Long-Term Volunteers

With some thought and planning, you can turn occasional helpers into committed volunteers.

Volunteers & Involvement

How To Respond to Common Excuses

Try our No-Excuses Response Guide when "I'd love to, but..." is the answer you get from potential volunteers.

PTO Today Article

6 Ways To Connect With New Volunteers

School volunteer recruitment tips geared toward bringing in people new to your parent group.

PTO Today Article

How To Fix Volunteer Recruitment Roadblocks

The most common challenges to engaging new parents are actually fairly easy to fix.

PTO Today Article

9 Steps for Better School Volunteer Recruitment

Building your volunteer base starts with creating relationships. Follow these steps to success.

PTO Today Article

Build Your PTO Volunteer Power

Successful strategies PTOs use to connect with parents, recruit new members, and grow their volunteer base.

PTO Today Article

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.