Benefits You Get From Volunteering at School

Volunteering at You Child's School Can Be Something You Do Just for Yourself

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You have probably heard already about how much volunteering in any way that you can will help your child's school - and even your child.  Of course, parents want to do what is best for their children, but we also need to keep the support we provide for our children in perspective.  We need to balance taking care of our own basic needs with the help we offer to others.  

When we make sacrifices for others – nonstop without doing anything to replenish ourselves or build ourselves up, we run the risk of running on empty and putting ourselves in a position where we need help since our own needs went unmet.

This is even true when we make sacrifices for our own children.

Fortunately,volunteering at our child's school can offer some of that balance. We can search for volunteer opportunities that will provide for us and still benefit our children. This type of mutual benefit activity reaps rewards for our children, our schools, and ourselves.  

So, with those thoughts in mind, here are the benefits that you can reap when volunteering at your child's school:

Meet New People While Volunteering at School

Think of volunteering as creating networking opportunities.  Are you new to a community and don't know very many people yet? You can get to know a lot of people by volunteering at your local school. Wanting to move into a better job but don't know anyone outside of where you work? Your local school is a source of connections that can lead you to new people you may not otherwise get the chance to meet.

Schools provide a unique opportunity for expanding your social network. Public schools pull in everyone living in a particular area. They do not sort people based on economic status, religious affiliation, or any other demographic category past geographic lines. This means that your opportunity to move around and get to know the widest, most varied group of people in your community is at your child's school.


As a volunteer, you will meet other parent volunteers, teachers, staff, administrators, and other children's parents. If you want a chance to meet people outside of your current social group, it is hard to beat the diversity found in today's U.S. schools.

Volunteer So You Can Try Out New Skills  

Do you have new skills that you can't use at your current job? Did you recently take a class or teach yourself something new, but are looking for a place to give you some real world experience? Do you need to find a way to demonstrate a new ability so you can add it to your resume?

Volunteering your new found skills at your child's school is the parent's answer to the college internship. Now that you are older with the responsibilities of parenting, you may not be able to work a full-time job for free. This doesn't have to cost you the opportunity to gain experience. Fortunately, schools have multiple activities which lead schools to need a wide variety of volunteers for different activities.  

Volunteering Can Help You Gain Recognition For Your Skills

Maybe you have been using your skills at work or at your own business. If you want to get your name out in your community as a local expert or go-to person for something, consider taking the time to volunteer those skills at your child's school.  

This is a common strategy used by authors. Authors will speak at schools not just because they want to share their passion for their craft, but also because they know that these children will remember who they are and become interested in the authors books. Children may also tell their parents about the author who came to their school, leading parents to become interested in an author's books.  

You don't have to be an author for guest speaking to promote your jobs skills. If you have specialty expertise in almost any area there is probably a subject that could use a guest speaker to talk about the real life applications of a given subject. Science researchers can talk to science classes. Small business owners can present to high school business courses. 

Guest speakers and experts are also often thanked in school newsletters or at special volunteer functions. This can get your name and related skills out to the entire school community – including administrators, other parents, local service organizations and involved business community.

It can be hard for schools and parent support organizations to find needed volunteers. This means that you can often skip a competitive job seeker process to go out and show people job skills you have wanted to share. Meeting new people and showcasing your skills can lead to more opportunity for you.  

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