Volunteer


Parents and guardians are an 

essential part of 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

Curriculum Night—Thursday, September 20  

Volunteers are needed from 5-8:45pm on Thursday, Sept. 20, which is just before, during and after Curriculum Night which runs from 6-8pm that evening.  Volunteers are needed to help with Spirit Wear Sales, Teacher Wishlist and set-up/clean-up. For questions, please contact fopvolunteering@gmail.com 

CURRICULUM SIGN UP

Spirit Wear Sales

A Friends of Payton program that sells apparel and gear to raise money for our school, needs volunteers to work at our Curriculum Night sale. If you can help out for an hour or more in Payton's atrium on Sept. 20th. SIGNUP TO HELP

Homecoming Dance — Saturday, September 22  

We need a few more parent/guardian volunteers for Payton's Homecoming Dance on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 6-10pm. Please sign up for a 2 hour shift below. 

HOMECOMING SIGN UP

All volunteers must have a CPS Level 2 certification. Registration information and steps are below. For questions, please contact fopvolunteering@gmail.com.


Payton Potluck

We are looking for a location for our fall casual get-together for the Payton parents and guardians this fall. Food and beverages will be provided by the community. Please contact fopvolunteering@gmail.com if you are interested in hosting.

Annual Appeal

Our largest fundraiser of the school year kicks off this month! To help as a fundraising captain for our Annual Appeal, please contact Chris Killackey.


AmazonSmile 

This is an easy way for the school to benefit from your Amazon purchases. To learn how to designate Friends of Payton as your Amazon charity, please visit FOP's AmazonSmile page



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. 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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