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

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 Amazon Smile page.

Sweetness Day Volunteers Needed

SWEETNESS DAY, 3/4, 8:45am to 2pm Payton's school-wide annual day of service is Monday, March 4, 2019. Please consider serving as a chaperone, working alongside Payton students, faculty and staff at dozens of service sites around the city. Volunteers may accompany any advisory group — you're not obliged to accompany your student's class. Please SIGN UP to serve. All prospective chaperones must be approved as a CPS Level 2 Volunteer. For questions, please contact Tein Atkerson
Chaperone our students' school-wide day of service on Monday March 4 (3/4) for Sweetness Day (34).  Contact Donna Whitacre & Felicia Winiecki for more information at FOPVolunteering@gmail.com.  
 


Editor & Reporters Wanted

Newsletter Music Reporter Position Open 

Do you have a way with words?  Are you great at finding facts and writing snappy captions for photos? Then consider working on the monthly Payton Community Newsletter!  A Parent Reporter is still needed for Music:  Band, Dance, Choir.  Contact Heather Bennett at FOPcommunications@gmail.com for more information!

Newsletter submissions: Have a newsworthy photo with a caption and/or 200 word article about Payton students to share in the next Payton Community Newsletter? Please send to FOPnewseditor@gmail.com. All submissions must be submitted before the 25th of each month and are subject to approval and editing.  


If interested in helping with the Payton Community Newsletter, email Heather Bennett at fopcommunications@gmail.com or at fopnewslettereditor@gmail.com.


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. Allow two weeks for CPS to process your application. If you have CPS Level 2 certification from another CPS school, Payton MUST be  added to your CPS profile and Payton needs a copy of your Photo ID on file. Bring your ID to the main office or upload it using the link below. (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 FOPvolunteering@gmail.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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