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

Admitted Students Night

Thursday, April 4th 6-8pm
Parent/guardian volunteers are needed to welcome families, pass out/collect forms and sell spirit wear. 

Please visit Admitted Students Night Signup to volunteer. All volunteers MUST have a CPS Level 2 certification and approval from Payton. Email FOPVolunteering@gmail.com with questions.

Parent-Teacher Conference and Report Card Pickup

Thursday, April 11 Please donate an hour or two during Report Card Pickup/Faculty Appreciation Lunch to sell spirit wear, help parents purchase Teacher Wish List items or help set up and serve lunch for our faculty. CPS Level 2 volunteer certification required with Payton approval. Email FOPVolunteering@gmail.com with questions.

Spring Report Card Pickup Signup

Paytons 5K Fun Run/Walk 

Sunday, May 19, 10am If you would like to help with our fun run, we need assistance setting up, registration and clean up. The race will take place just south of Lincoln Park Zoo/Farm. For more information please contact Felicia Winiecki, Felicia@BabyQuay.com.

5K Volunteer Signup

Physics Day at Great America 

Thursday, May 30th 8am–7pm Each year Payton Physics students experience physics in action during a full day field trip to Six Flags Great America.  Parents/guardians are needed to help chaperone. All volunteers MUST have a CPS Level 2 certification and approval from Payton. Email FOPVolunteering@gmail.com with questions.

Physics Day Chaperone Signup

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.



Register with CPS as a Payton Level 2 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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