Volunteer

Parents and guardians are an essential part of many Payton activities. 

From our fall Open House to the faculty lunch in June, there are dozens of ways to help. You can volunteer for one-time tasks or ongoing roles throughout the school year. FOP asks each Payton family to contribute 10 volunteer hours per school year.

Our most urgent needs are highlighted here, and a roster or recurring activities appears at the bottom of this page. Please email FOPvolunteering@gmail.com to help. Thank you.


Upcoming Volunteer Needs

August Registration for 2018-19 School Year

The school needs parents/guardians to fill 130 volunteer shifts during student registration week, Aug. 20-23. Responsibilities include processing students’ paperwork, issuing new Ventra cards for discounted public transportation and distributing students’ course schedules. No experience is needed, and volunteers can work in pairs. Please SIGN UP HERE if you’re available to help in late August. 

Be a Parent PAL!

Would you like to help next year's incoming freshmen acclimate to Payton? Consider serving as a Parent PAL. You'd be paired with another parent/guardian to guide an incoming freshman advisory. Ideally, the two of you would attend the orientation for parents/guardians on Thursday, August 23rd, during the evening of the Freshman Parent Orientation/Pizza Party.  Sign Up Here to be part of our upcoming Parent PAL program.


Register with CPS as a Payton Volunteer

Chicago Public Schools requires all adults helping with any school activity to complete a volunteer application. Please apply online as a Level 2 volunteer with CPS. The Level 2 application only takes 5 minutes to fill out and will cover you for your child's remaining years at Payton. (Please note, Level 1 clearance is typically unnecessary, unless you're chaperoning an overnight field trip or volunteering to coach a team.)


1. Complete an online application to become a CPS Level 2 Volunteer

2. Submit a picture of your photo ID online via this site or bring a copy to Payton's Main Office


For questions or problems with your volunteer application, please email Payton's volunteer coordinator at volunteer@wpcp.org.


A Year of Volunteer Opportunities!

Below we have listed some of the main events and tasks that parents and guardians help with throughout the year. Some provide a chance to work with other Payton parents and guardians, some involve working with the administration, and some can be done whenever and wherever you want.  They all contribute to supporting our kids, teachers, and administrators.

Let us know how you would like to help by CLICKING HERE TO EMAIL FOP

What event/task?

When does it happen?

What kind of help do we need?

Help on the day of the event

Organize or coordinate event/task

Manage task throughout year

Registration

Aug

X

X

 

Parent PALs

Fall-Winter

X

X

X

Curriculum Night

Sept

X

X

 

Report Card Pick Up

Nov, Apr

X

X

 

Open House

Nov

X

X

 

Spiritwear Sales Ongoing
X

X

X

Sweetness Day

Mar

X

X

 

International Night

May

X

X

 

Global Connections Liaison

Ongoing

 

 

X

Refreshments at School Events

Ongoing

X

X

 

Teacher Appreciation Lunch

June

X

X

 

Admitted Students Event

March

X

 

 

Gala/Online Auction

Winter/Spring

X

X

 

Wishlist

Fall & Spring

X

 

X

Annual Appeal Campaign

Fall

X

X

 

School Directory

Fall

 

X

 

School Database

Ongoing

 

 

X

Newsletter

Ongoing

 

 

X

Parents Night Out

Fall/Spring

X

X

 


Friends of Payton (FOP) is a parent-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (tax ID #36-4409659) that raises funds and provides volunteer assistance to support Walter Payton College Prep. Our mission is to enrich educational and extracurricular activities with outside resources to supplement the limited funding allotted to Payton through the public school system.  -- Friends of Payton, 1034 N. Wells, Chicago, IL  60610 --

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