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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities for 2020-21 will be affected by the covid pandemic. Please stay tuned for more information during the school year. Thank you!


OIS has an active volunteer community made up of parents who contribute their time to improve the middle school experience for all students. Our school relies on volunteers in many key areas and the Parents' Club counts on volunteers to manage many of the programs we proudly sponsor. Whether you prefer to work on campus or from home, there are opportunities for you to help. All parents are encouraged to volunteer in some way and your gift of time to our school is invaluable. Below is a list of some of the volunteer opportunities that are available to you. If you are interested in volunteering in a specific area, please email the appropriate volunteer contact. If not listed, please check the directory.
Bulldog Kennel

Work in the Kennel serving brunch and/or lunch to students from ~ 10:30 am to 2:00 pm. You can work a full shift, split a shift or volunteer as a substitute.

Contact: Kennel Manager

Others First

Others First is a community service program available to all students and provides an opportunity to participate in various activities both on and off campus. Volunteers organize and/or chaperone events or become a Parent Advisor.

Contact: TBD

Helping Hands

Provide dinners, driving, or run errands for other OIS families in times of need.

Contact: Julie Chinn
Health Events

Help organize and/or assist events such as Vision and Scoliosis Screening and TB Testing.

Contact: TBD
Diverse Abilities Awareness Activities

Provide small group presentations on learning and physical challenges during Diverse Abilities Awareness Week in October. Training is provided. Volunteers are also needed for setup and cleanup.

Staff Appreciation & Hospitality

Several times during the school year, the Parents' Club organizes a prepared lunch or treats for teachers and staff. Volunteers are needed to prepare lunch items and treats for Staff Appreciation Days. The staff members love these days! This is also a good opportunity to meet and get to know the OIS teachers and staff.

Contact: Jenny Mathews and Sandy Tan.
8th Grade Promotion Activities

8th grade parent volunteers organize and implement the Promotions Ceremony, party and day outing event for 8th grade students in June. There are many jobs, big and small! Whether you can bake cookies or want to help decorate, your volunteer help is needed to carry out this special event.

Contact: Sonya Grover
ONE - the Orinda Network for Education

ONE positively impacts each and every child at OIS, please let us know if you would like to help by volunteering.

Emergency Response

Help keep our school prepared for an emergency. Volunteers are needed to ensure our classrooms are equipped with the items needed in the event of an emergency. Liaisons are also needed to attend the City of Orinda Emergency Preparedness meetings.

Contact: Jenifer Balducci
International Fair
The OIS International Fair takes place in May. Volunteers are needed to share their cultural background. Families or groups can create a display table where others can learn more about their culture. Artifacts, games, foods, and costumes are some of the things that are shared.
OIS Garden Liaison

The OIS garden manager needs an assistant(s) to help in the garden and serve as chaperone for Others First in gardens as needed.

Contact: Sue Boudreau, Science Teacher
Music Boosters
We are a group that lends assistance to the instrumental music programs at OIS - Bulldog Band, Concert Band, String Orchestra and Jazz Band. Volunteers are needed to copy music, help with concerts, supervise after school events, provide transportation, and assist with PR and communications. All musically minded parents are welcome!
Bulldog Theater and Sports

Volunteers are needed in Bulldog Theater to help with wardrobe, crew and other jobs to help the production go smoothly for our students.

Bulldog Sports needs parents to assist in transportation to other schools as well as cheer for our students.

Contact: Jeanette Lipp
Bus Liaison
Contact: Bill King