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.

Game Night: Family Game Night is set for December 6th at 6:30PM to 8PM  This low key event was so well received last year, that we’d love to offer it again.  The KINDERGARTEN cohort will be this events host, and we hope that our Kinder families can fill many of the volunteer roles for the evening – pizza table, bake sale contributions, popcorn station, set up, clean up and more. That said ALL GHES families are WELCOMED the lend a hand however they wish. GO HERE TO SIGN UP 


If you have a Middle School student, they can get volunteer hours by helping out too- GO HERE

Auction Volunteer Coordinator:
The auction requires a lot of volunteers.  This role would help keep everyone organized.  Are you good at organizing people? We sure could use your help.  volunteers@geneseehillpta.org

Lunch Monitors – Can you do one day per week? We still need some regular help at lunch  SIGN UP HERE

Morning Recess Duty Parents are asked to assist with before school playground duty. 7:40-7:55AM  SIGN UP HERE 

Volunteer Coordinator Committee:
Thanks to the many folks who have expressed interest in joining the “Volunteer and Engagement Team” Many hands make light work. Let’s keep building our team.  Here are some areas we will address next year and roles we can fill:

1. Data entry and volunteer paperwork (all online desk work)  2-3 people, 2-3 hours per week from Sept 5  to Oct 15. 
2. Volunteer Lead: attend board meetings, keep in touch with school administrators and teachers to support volunteer needs.  Share the info with the committee. Monitor emails. Select the volunteer of the month and assist the Golden Acorn team (usually just through data sharing)
3. Outreach and Communications: be the face of volunteers by meeting new families, sharing info on how to get involved, connect parents talents to school needs. 
4. Behind the Scenes Communication: Create Sign up Genius for various events and keep the blog current with relevant information. contact volunteers@geneseehillpta.org 
5. Cohort and Room Parent Engagement listening session and galvanize more individuals into helpful roles and sharing of information.


How to Volunteer at SPS 
***Your application is valid for two years.  If you were approved last year, then you do not need to re apply. 

STEP 1: Online Training – Preventing Sexual Abuse of Children and Youth

Nationally, 1 in 4 girls & 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before age 18. Through this course, you will help protect children by learning to recognize and respond to sexual abuse.

  • If you haven’t in the past, complete the 17-min Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention training at www.seattleschools.org/misconductvideo
  • At the end of the video, you will have an opportunity to enter your information, including email address. Once submitted, an automatic email will be sent to you (previously a certificate) – please save it to attach it to your volunteer application.

STEP 2: Volunteer Handbook

Review the Volunteer Handbook for info and tips to consider while volunteering with SPS.

STEP 3: Volunteer Application

  • We transitioned away from annual paper applications in August 2018.and since then saved over 14 trees! Learn about our paperless volunteer application and how to apply online here.
  • Once you are approved as a volunteer in our online system, your application materials will stay active for as long as you volunteer with any SPS school. Every two years, we will ask whether you would like to stay active, and if so, request your permission to complete a new background check. 
  • If you need a paper application, please request it from the school office where you wish to volunteer. 

Note: Athletic Coaches (both volunteer and paid) must apply through the Athletic Department using this online application. For more information, contact athletics@seattleschools.org or call 206-252-1800. 

STEP 4: Background Check

SPS is committed to providing students with a safe educational environment. This includes ensuring every volunteer and staff member completes a criminal background check.

  • The designated school contact will confirm your identity using a photo ID and determine the type of background check required based on your application packet.
  • Volunteer applicants who have lived in our state for the past three years can be screened by SPS via state criminal records database. This database is accessible to SPS for free via Washington State Patrol.
  • Unfortunately, the federal government does not provide an equivalent criminal records database. Applicants who are newer to our state must go through a one-time $21 U.S.-wide background check conducted by an online vendor. If you completed this step last school year, you will not need to do so this year. 
  • If your volunteer role will involve regularly spending unsupervised time with students, you must complete the national background check even if you are a long-time resident of Washington. 

Learn more about volunteer background checks and how SPS is keeping students safe: http://www.seattleschools.org/volbackgroundcheck

Every parent or caretaker should have the opportunity to participate in their student’s education. If you face barriers to completing the online background check, please visit our web page for family volunteers for information about assistance. 

Please note: While all volunteers must be screened through the background check, a criminal history does not automatically disqualify one from volunteering in the schools.


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.