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.
In November, we are asking 2nd grade cohort families to support before school recess. See the dates below. (anyone wishing to volunteer is always welcomed and appreciated)
Our new art specialist, Mariah Ordonez would love some parent volunteer support with the following:
- Help hang student art in display cases (immediate need)
- Help organize and maintain inventory of Art Supplies
Interested volunteers can contact Ms. Ordonez directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lunchroom Monitor: 11:00AM to 12:15PM(choose one or more days, now through Dec.)
- Before School Recess: 7:30-7:50 – We are asking 2nd Grade Families to provide early Recess support Nov. 5 – Jan 25!
- Passport Testers – Fridays 7:55am to 10:55am No experience needed
Additional Details and FAQ’s
Before you apply, have the following information available
- Emergency contact name and phone number.
- Two references, including one personal or family reference.
- Government issued ID (upload a digital copy or present it to school office staff).
- 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.
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.
|COMPANY||PROGRAM||MINIMUM HOURS||MATCH AMOUNT|
|3M||3Mgives Volunteer Match||20||$250/20 hours|
|Adobe||Employee Matching Grants||10||$250/10 hours|
|Aetna||Matching Grant Programs||20||$300/20 hours|
|Alaska Airlines||Dollars for Doers Program||5||$10/hour up to $1000|
|Allstate||Helping Hands||16||$500 or $1000 depending on role|
|Apple||Apple Matching Gifts Program||$25/hour|
|Applied Materials||Dollars for Doers Program||20||$250|
|Bank of America||Volunteer Grants Program||50||$250/50 hours up to $500|
|BD Bio Sciences||Matching Gift Program||10||up to $1000|
|Boeing (and subsidiaries)||Gift Match Program||25||$250/25 hours|
|bp||Employee Matching Fund||$25 – $5000/year|
|Campbell Soup Company||40||$500/40 hours up to $1000|
|CenturyLink||Matching Time Grant Program||40||$500/40 hours up to $1000|
|Chevron||Humankind Volunteer Grant||20||$500/20 hours up $1000|
|Cigna Corp||Grants for Givers||20||$200/20 hours|
|Cisco||Cisco Matching Gifts|
|Citigroup||Volunteer Incentive Program|
|ConocoPhillips||Volunteer Grant Program||20||$500/20 hours up to $1000|
|CVS Health||Volunteer Challenge Grants||15||$500 – $5000|
|Deacon Corp.||Employee Matching & Volunteer Program||2||up to $1000|
|Dell||Volunteer Rewards Program||10||$150/10 hours per fiscal quarter|
|Disney||Disney VoluntEARS – EARS to You grant||10||up to $2000|
|Expedia||Matching Gift Program||$15/hour up to $1000|
|ExxonMobil||Volunteer Involvement Program – VIP Grant||20||$500/20 hours up to $2000|
|Gap Inc.||Volunteer Grant Program – Money for Time||15||$150/15 hours|
|General Motors||GM Dollars for Doers||50||$200/50 hours|
|Google Giving||5||$50/5 hours|
|HomeStreet Bank||Community Partner Volunteer Grant||30||$250/30 hours|
|Honeywell||Hometome Solutions Volunteer Grant||50||$500/50 hours|
|IBM||Community Grants||40||$25/hour up to $1000|
|Ingersoll Rand||Dollars for Doers Program||20||$500/20 hours; $250/each additional 20 hours|
|Intel||Intel Involved Matching Grant Program||20||$10/hour up to $10,000|
|J.P. Morgan Chase||Individual Volunteer Matching||15||$10/hour up to $1000|
|JC Penney’s||James Cash Penney Award for Community Service||15|
|Kellogg’s||Kellogg’s Cares Volunteer Program||10||$100/10 hours up to $500|
|Kimberly-Clark||Community Partners Program||30||$17/hour up go $500|
|Levi Strauss||Community Involvement Grants||10||$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
|COMPANY||PROGRAM||MINIMUM HOURS||MATCH AMOUNT|
|Marathon Petroleum Company||Volunteer Incentive Program – VIP Grants||24||$500/24 hours|
|Medtronic, Inc.||Bakken Invitation Community||25||eligible to apply for $20,000 Bakken Invitation Award|
|Microsoft||Employee Giving Program||$25/hour up to $15,000|
|Morgan Stanley||Volunteer Incentive Program – VIP Grants||$500 – $2000|
|Outerwall (Coinstar/Redbox)||10||$15/hour up to $600|
|Pella Corporation||Volunteer Recognition Program||25||$100/25 hours; $250/50 hours|
|Pfizer||Pfizer Foundation Volunteer Program||72||$1000/72 hours|
|Pitney Bowes||Volunteer Grants||25||$125/25 hours up to $500|
|ProLogis||Dollars For Doers|
|Prudential||Volunteer Grants Program||10||$10/hour after 10 hours up to $500|
|Puget Sound Energy||Employee Matching Program||$12.50/hour up to $500|
|RealNetworks||via RealNetworks Foundation||10||$15/hour up to $900|
|Robert Half Inc||Dollars for Doers Program||$15/hour up to $1000|
|Salesforce||Employee-Inspired Giving Program||56||$1000 Champion Grant|
|Sallie Mae||Dollars for Doers Program||40||$250/40 hours|
|SC Johnson||Dollars for Doers Program||40||$250/40 hours up to $500 max|
|Sephora||Spehora Stands Gift Matching Program||$10/hr|
|Soros Fund Management||Volunteer Grants Program||20||$1000/20 hours up to $4000|
|Southwest Airlines||Tickets for Time||40||In-kind round-trip ticket (domestic flight)|
|Starbucks||Partner Match – Time||25||$250/25 hours up to $1000|
|State Farm Insurance||Good Neighbor Grant Program||40||$500/40 hours|
|Symantec Corporation||Dollars for Doers Program||1||$15/hour up to $1000|
|Symetra Life Insurance Company||Symetra Cares Matching Program||$10/hr up to $500|
|T.Rowe Price Group||Dollars for Doers Program||25||up to $500|
|Tel Labs||Tellabs Giving Time||15||$125/15 hours up to $500|
|Teradata||Teradata Corp Volunteer||50||$250/50 hours|
|Time Warner & Subsidiaries||IMPACT||30||$500/30 hours|
|Travelers Company||Volunteer Grants||24||$500/24 hours|
|Tully’s (Keurig Green Mountain)||Dollars for Doers||25|
|UnitedHealth Group||Dollars for Doers Program||30||$500/30 hours|
|US Bank||Dollars for Doing Volunteers||$5/hour up to $200|
|Verizon||Volunteer Incentive Program||50||$750/50 hours up to $1500|
|Wal-Mart/Sams Clubs||Volunteerism Always Pays (VAP) Program||25||$250/25 hours|
|Washinton Post (Graham Holdings)||Matching Gifts||up to $2000|
|Xilinx||Community Engagement Employee Grant||10||$20/hour up to $500|
For reference only. Subject to change Please contact your HR representative for your company’s information.
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?
- 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 co–lead 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com (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 firstname.lastname@example.org.