Volunteerism

Parent Volunteer Opportunities

As community is such a vital part of our school’s success, we invite parents to engage alongside faculty and staff to enhance the student experience. Volunteerism also helps keep costs down and efficiency up.

Twenty hours of volunteer service is required per family, with eight additional hours for families participating in school sports.Below you will find the numerous ways to contribute and earn service hours.  All hours should be documented as all unfulfilled hours have a value of $25 which will be billed at the end of the academic year.

Volunteer Opportunities

Parent volunteer hours offered in 2023-2024

School Board

Offer your time and leadership to Alphonsus’s School Board! This group, comprised of parent volunteers, teachers, and staff leaders, collaborates to set strategy and discuss best practices and meets six times throughout the school year.

Alphonsus Ambassador

Would you like to help welcome new families to our school community? Join us as a greeter at Admissions Open Houses, assist with Marketing initiatives, or post positive online reviews about your experience at Alphonsus.

Mothers' Club

Our Mother’s Club hosts several events throughout the year such as monthly Hot Dog days, Trunk or Treat, Secret Santa Store, Ducky Derby, and Teacher Appreciation Week.

Fathers' Club

Our active Fathers’ Club offers fellowship while supporting the school through capital investments and ongoing service events.

Mentor Families

Current Alphonsus families serve as mentors to families who are new to our community. Mentor families set up playdates before school starts and are available throughout the year to answer any questions or provide support throughout the transition.

Classroom Coordinators

Classroom coordinators support homeroom teachers by serving as a parent liaison. Coordinators are asked to arrange parent social functions, organize parent volunteers for holiday parties, and support teachers whenever help is needed. Applications for Classroom Coordinators are circulated soon after school begins each August.

Gardening Assistance

Join fellow green thumbs in support of our native pollinator garden on campus! Offer your time planting, watering, and organizing.

Blessings in a Backpack

Alphonsus partners with this national nonprofit to provide weekend meals for local students who may otherwise go without. Volunteers work alongside students to organize the donations, pack food sacks, and deliver the food to our partner school. We presently work with Jahn Elementary in Lakeview and Manierre Elementary in Old Town. Learn More.

Art and Soul

Art and Soul is the school’s largest and most visible fundraiser, and we need help pulling it off.

Recess Supervision

Lighten the load of our staff by covering their recess duties! Parents are welcome to stay for one shift or the entire recess block. Learn More.

Mystery Reader

Surprise your child and their class by serving as the Mystery Reader during their Library special! Learn More.

Volunteer Certification

In order to ensure a safe environment for our students, we follow the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for the Protection of Children and Youth guidelines for all volunteers. All volunteers must be screened before engaging with students. Though there are a few steps, our staff is available to help you throughout the process.

The steps to becoming an approved volunteer are straightforward and organized through the Virtus program.

1. The Virtus portal organizes all the requirements, so step one is setting up an account. Please select “Chicago, IL” as your main location and “Alphonsus Academy” as your site.

2. Criminal Background Checks are the first requirement, and are rechecked every three years. 

3. Upon completion, you will be prompted to complete the Child Abuse and Neglect Form (CANTS 689) which you will acknowledge and send to the office.

4. The most important (and time-consuming) portion of the certification is the Protecting God’s Children (PGC) training session. This is available online or on-site at a neighboring church/ school. Upon registration, you must complete it within 15 days. After initial PCG, recertification is required every three years through the Keeping the Promise Alive program. 

5. The Archdiocesan Standards of Behavior for Church Personnel Working with Minors and Vulnerable Adults is required to be signed online annually.   

6. Finally, Mandated Reporter Training (completed through the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, not through Virtus) is also required and recertified every three years, including the updated Acknowledgment Form (CANTS 22) which will be returned to the office as well. 

Volunteer Questions?