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e are building a diverse, inclusive, and culturally competent volunteer program to best serve our students. We encourage people of different cultural, ethnic, educational and national backgrounds to apply to volunteer at Genesee Hill.

  • Middle School Help – If you have a middle school student in your home, please share our volunteer opportunities with them.  The link will be updated as more dates are added. 
  • Fall 2019 Volunteer Coordinator – I’d love some administrative assistance.  If you have an hour a month to log in and enter data, I have a job for you. (and thanks to those who’ve volunteered to help) volunteers@genseehillpta.org

Looking for an opportunity? Just ask. If you don’t see an immediate fit, please feel free to contact the volunteer coordinator, Rene Bibaud who can help discuss opportunities with you based on your availability and interests.

And THANKS!  Large and small contributions of your time, talent and resources are so appreciated.


Be sure to APPLY NOW so you’re ready when opportunities arise!  The volunteer application process includes: Complete the online Volunteer Application (required yearly) Have a copy of your current, government issued photo ID available to upload – or present to the front office or to volunteer coordinator, Rene Bibaud Complete the Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention course (online). If you taken the course previously, please submit a copy of your certificate of completion or the month/year the course was completed.

Additional Details and FAQ’s

Before you apply, have the following information available
  1. Emergency contact name and phone number.
  2. Two references, including one personal or family reference.
  3. Government issued ID (upload a digital copy or present it to school office staff).
  4. Proof of completing the Adult Sexual Misconduct (ASM) Prevention training (certificate or email confirmation).

Please complete the online application as thoroughly as you can so we can approve your participation in your desired volunteer roles quickly, keep you updated about new volunteer opportunities, and serve our students as best as we can.

New(ish) to Washington State?

If you have not lived in Washington State for the past three years you will need to also complete the national background check (see link for more information). You can expedite your volunteer approval process by ordering your background check now – it usually takes 1-2 business days before the background check report is available.

Field trip chaperones and volunteer drivers

If you are applying to volunteer as a field trip chaperone or a driver, you will need to provide additional information on separate forms. They are also available online. 

Application length

As you complete your application, please keep in mind SPS serves 53,000 vulnerable children and youth – we are committed to carefully screening volunteer candidates to ensure student safety as required by law, SPS policies, and the Washington Schools Risk Insurance Pool. The new application contains:

  • 13 required questions (they are the same as last year).
  • Five questions related to criminal records in addition to your background check consent.
  • Four sections describing laws and policies SPS volunteers must be able to uphold.
  • 12 optional questions that will help us create more culturally relevant volunteer services for our students and provide you with better customer service.

Submit your complete application at least 2 weeks before expected volunteer service start date. Your background must be cleared and application approved before this date.

I do not have access to the Internet, how can I apply to volunteer?

Families without Internet access at home can visit the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence where two computer stations are available to apply for employment and volunteer opportunities with SPS. They are located between Enrollment and Security offices. For locations of public libraries and community centers offering access to computers and the Internet for free visit this City of Seattle website. If your child attends the school where you wish to volunteer, check in with the school office about computer availability. If the school computer lab is not used by students, schools can offer SPS families access to computers for the purpose of completing volunteer applications.

How is volunteer information protected?

SPS and VolunteerLocal signed a memorandum of agreement for collecting, maintaining, and storing volunteer data to ensure volunteer information is rigorously protected and meets or exceeds accepted industry practices, including specifically the International Organization for Standardization’s standards ISO/IEC 27001:2005 (Information Security Management Systems- Requirements), ISO-IEC 27002:2005 (Code of Practice for International Security Management). You can review VolunteerLocal Terms of Service here

I submitted the application – what happens next?

Applications are processed by individual schools in accordance with SPS-wide procedures. Principals assign one staff member in charge of volunteer screening and keeping volunteer information safe and secure. If you do not hear from your school within two weeks of applying, please contact the school office to learn how they notify applicants about being approved.


3M3Mgives Volunteer Match20$250/20 hours
AdobeEmployee Matching Grants10$250/10 hours
AetnaMatching Grant Programs20$300/20 hours
Alaska AirlinesDollars for Doers Program5$10/hour up to $1000
AllstateHelping Hands16$500 or $1000 depending on role
AmgenAmgen Volunteers15$33/hour
AppleApple Matching Gifts Program $25/hour
Applied MaterialsDollars for Doers Program20$250
Bank of AmericaVolunteer Grants Program50$250/50 hours up to $500
BD Bio SciencesMatching Gift Program10up to $1000
Boeing (and subsidiaries)Gift Match Program25$250/25 hours
bpEmployee Matching Fund $25 – $5000/year
Campbell Soup Company 40$500/40 hours up to $1000
CenturyLinkMatching Time Grant Program40$500/40 hours up to $1000
ChevronHumankind Volunteer Grant20$500/20 hours up $1000
Cigna CorpGrants for Givers20$200/20 hours
CiscoCisco Matching Gifts  
CitigroupVolunteer Incentive Program  
ConocoPhillipsVolunteer Grant Program20$500/20 hours up to $1000
CVS HealthVolunteer Challenge Grants15$500 – $5000
Deacon Corp.Employee Matching & Volunteer Program2up to $1000
DellVolunteer Rewards Program10$150/10 hours per fiscal quarter
DisneyDisney VoluntEARS – EARS to You grant10up to $2000
ExpediaMatching Gift Program $15/hour up to $1000
ExxonMobilVolunteer Involvement Program – VIP Grant20$500/20 hours up to $2000
Gap Inc.Volunteer Grant Program – Money for Time15$150/15 hours
General MotorsGM Dollars for Doers50$200/50 hours
GoogleGoogle Giving5$50/5 hours
HomeStreet BankCommunity Partner Volunteer Grant30$250/30 hours
HoneywellHometome Solutions Volunteer Grant50$500/50 hours
IBMCommunity Grants40$25/hour up to $1000
Ingersoll RandDollars for Doers Program20$500/20 hours; $250/each additional 20 hours
IntelIntel Involved Matching Grant Program20$10/hour up to $10,000
J.P. Morgan ChaseIndividual Volunteer Matching15$10/hour up to $1000
JC Penney’sJames Cash Penney Award for Community Service15 
Kellogg’sKellogg’s Cares Volunteer Program10$100/10 hours up to $500
Kimberly-ClarkCommunity Partners Program30$17/hour up go $500
Levi StraussCommunity Involvement Grants10$20/hour up to $2400

For reference only. Subject to change Please contact your HR representative for your company’s information. BUSINESSES WITH VOLUNTEER HOUR MATCHING PROGRAMS

Marathon Petroleum CompanyVolunteer Incentive Program – VIP Grants24$500/24 hours
Medtronic, Inc.Bakken Invitation Community25eligible to apply for $20,000 Bakken Invitation Award
MicrosoftEmployee Giving Program $25/hour up to $15,000
Morgan StanleyVolunteer Incentive Program – VIP Grants $500 – $2000
Outerwall (Coinstar/Redbox) 10$15/hour up to $600
Pella CorporationVolunteer Recognition Program25$100/25 hours; $250/50 hours
PfizerPfizer Foundation Volunteer Program72$1000/72 hours
Pitney BowesVolunteer Grants25$125/25 hours up to $500
ProLogisDollars For Doers  
PrudentialVolunteer Grants Program10$10/hour after 10 hours up to $500
Puget Sound EnergyEmployee Matching Program $12.50/hour up to $500
QualcommQ-Cares15$250/15 hours
RealNetworksvia RealNetworks Foundation10$15/hour up to $900
Robert Half IncDollars for Doers Program $15/hour up to $1000
SalesforceEmployee-Inspired Giving Program56$1000 Champion Grant
Sallie MaeDollars for Doers Program40$250/40 hours
SC JohnsonDollars for Doers Program40$250/40 hours up to $500 max
SephoraSpehora Stands Gift Matching Program $10/hr
Soros Fund ManagementVolunteer Grants Program20$1000/20 hours up to $4000
Southwest AirlinesTickets for Time40In-kind round-trip ticket (domestic flight)
StarbucksPartner Match – Time25$250/25 hours up to $1000
State Farm InsuranceGood Neighbor Grant Program40$500/40 hours
Symantec CorporationDollars for Doers Program1$15/hour up to $1000
Symetra Life Insurance CompanySymetra Cares Matching Program $10/hr up to $500
T.Rowe Price GroupDollars for Doers Program25up to $500
Tel LabsTellabs Giving Time15$125/15 hours up to $500
TeradataTeradata Corp Volunteer50$250/50 hours
Time Warner & SubsidiariesIMPACT30$500/30 hours
Travelers CompanyVolunteer Grants24$500/24 hours
Tully’s (Keurig Green Mountain)Dollars for Doers25 
UnitedHealth GroupDollars for Doers Program30$500/30 hours
US BankDollars for Doing Volunteers $5/hour up to $200
VerizonVolunteer Incentive Program50$750/50 hours up to $1500
VisaVisa Volunteers  
Wal-Mart/Sams ClubsVolunteerism Always Pays (VAP) Program25$250/25 hours
Washinton Post (Graham Holdings)Matching Gifts up to $2000
XilinxCommunity Engagement Employee Grant10$20/hour up to $500

For reference only. Subject to change Please contact your HR representative for your company’s information.

Parent and Community Volunteers Needed as Instructors   Genius Hour needs your support! As many of you may know, our school was faced with an unexpected cut in our staff this fall, resulting in having fewer teachers and specialist available to teach our wonderful Genius Hour classes. Genius Hour is intended to offer students an opportunity to learn a new skill, craft, hobby or interest in a small class setting. To have a successful Genius Hour program with smaller class sizes, we are looking for volunteers to co-lead a Genius Hour course.  

What is Genius Hour? Genius Hour, or as we call it GH^2,  has quickly become an integral part of learning at Genesee Hill for many reasons. GH^2 (see how it shares the same initials as our school), was started in the Fall of 2017, to take advantage of the 30 minutes extended to the elementary school day. We wanted to offer our students an opportunity to have unique learning experiences by providing weekly exploratory classes at each grade level for grades 1-5.   Students are exposed to a wide variety of classes ranging from art exploration, such as learning how to draw comics, create origami or pottery, to getting more active and physical through ultimate frisbee or unicycling, to learning about chemistry, coding and much more.   Students in Grades 1-5 have an opportunity to participate in a Genius Hour class one day per week during the last hour of the day. We will hold three Genius Hour Sessions, with each session lasting from 7-8 weeks. Genius Hour classes provide students with exploratory learning opportunities different from their traditional academic day. Students will rank their top choices and our “guarantee” is that they will get at least one of their top choices over the course of the year. The other two sessions will be an opportunity for them to try something new or that they didn’t expect they would love doing.   Last year, the structure of our program proved almost magical in the way it engaged kids (and teachers) in their learning.  The power of students making choices about their learning and having the opportunity to go deeper into a topic than the regular classroom time normally allows was key to this success.   This structure is also part of growing a learning culture that cultivates a growth mindset – students will experience success and failure differently than they do at academic tasks, and we want students to recognize what this experience teaches them about their own learning and passions.   The fact that all our classroom teachers plus many specialists, administrators and parents teach Genius Hour classes over the course of the week means that students get to form a different kind of relationship in small classes of 10-15 students.   Most importantly, we can provide these opportunities equitably for all kids within the school day so that we can engage all students in different kinds of learning.

  WHAT IS THE NEED: We are looking for at least ONE volunteer lead class per day for each session (one class per grade level).   HOW CAN I HELP?

  1. Volunteer to Teach a Class: To fill the gaps that were created due to our staff changes, we need parents, grandparents and friends of the school to help teach a class, one afternoon (or more) a week. Do you have a talent, skill or interest that you think one or more of our grade levels could benefit from learning from? Do you know how to knit, sew, draw, code, lead science experiments, play a sport…? If so, we would love you to share these skills and talents with our students. Click on GENIUS HOUR APPLICATION to download an application.

Volunteer to help colead a class: Not sure about creating a class on your own, but you are more than willing to support someone who does, please let us know. Some of our instructors (both parent run and teacher run classes) have great classes set-up but could use additional adult support to make them run smoothly. If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please email Erika Rasmussen at president@geneseehillpta.org. You do not have to be an expert. You just need to have a desire to share these talents and skills with our students.   WHAT IS THE COMMITMENT? Genius Hour classes are approximately 50 minutes long, one-day a week. A Genius Hour session runs for 7-8 weeks. Volunteers are asked to commit to teaching one class per week during a session.   Genius Hour Sessions:

  • Session One: November 26th-February 1st
  • Session Two: February 4th-April 5th
  • Session Three: April 15th-June 7th

  When does each grade participate in Genius Hour?

  • Mondays: 2nd Grade (1:30 pm-2:25 pm)
  • Tuesdays: 3rd Grade (1:30 pm-2:25 pm)
  • Wednesdays: 1st Grade (12:25 pm-1:05 pm)
  • Thursdays: 4th Grade (1:30 pm-2:25 pm)
  • Fridays: 5th Grade (1:30 pm-2:25 pm)

WHY ARE TWO VOLUNTEERS NEEDED PER CLASS: We are asking that all volunteer lead classes be co-taught. This will help ensure that each class has adequate supervision and support during the class. It also adds support incase an instructor has an emergency and can not be there for the class. We still have an instructor available to teach the class.  

I HAVE A GREAT IDEA BUT NOT A CO-LEADER: That’s okay. Please still apply to teach the class. We will work with you and our volunteer team to help secure an additional instructor.  

WHAT TYPE OF CLASSES ARE NEEDED: Just about any type of class will work. This is an amazing opportunity to introduce our community to new, fun and exciting experiences. Some examples could be technology related (our tech lab is available), sports related, art & craft based, hobbies (knitting, crocheting, model design and building)…there are not limits to the types of possibilities. If you aren’t sure about an idea, please reach out to our Genius Hour team by contacting Erika Rasmussen at president@geneseehillpta.org. We will work with you on developing this idea out further. Our students are excited to learn a variety of new skills.  

HOW TO APPLY: Please fill out the Genius Hour Application and submit it by Friday, October 26th. Applications can be submitted via email to Erika Rasmussen at president@geneseehillpta.org (please include Genius Hour Application in your Subject line) or you can turn in a hard copy to the front office to the basket labeled GENIUS HOUR applications (please send Erika an email letting her know you dropped off your application). *Please let us know if you need support in completing your application. Hard copies can be made available as well.  

PLEASE NOTE: The SPS Volunteer Application is required as well All applicants must also complete the Seattle Public Schools Volunteer Application (which must be completed yearly, as well as complete the one-time Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention-online course) before teaching a Genius Hour Class. Please go to www.seattleschools.org/volunteers to complete your volunteer application.   Thank you for supporting our Genius Hour program. For more information or if you have any questions, please reach out to Erika Rasmussen at president@geneseehillpta.org.


We are building a diverse, inclusive, and culturally competent volunteer program to best serve our students. We encourage people of different cultural, ethnic, educational and national backgrounds to apply to volunteer at Genesee Hill.

  • Middle School Help – We welcome former GHE students and current middle school students to garner volunteer hours by getting involved in our events. The link will update Fall 2019 with new opportunities.
  • Fall 2019 Volunteer Coordinator Assistance – Setting up new volunteer applications at the start of the year takes a lot of administrative time. If you have a couple hours a week during the first month of school to help out, please contact the volunteer coordinator. volunteers@genseehillpta.org

Looking for an opportunity? Just ask. If you don’t see an immediate fit, please feel free to contact the volunteer coordinator, Rene Bibaud who can help discuss opportunities with you based on your availability and interests. And THANKS!  Large and small contributions of your time, talent and resources are so appreciated.

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