Volunteering and Fundraising Opportunities

Our PTA coordinates parent involvement at school, but you are in charge of what you’d like to do.  Not all families look the same, and not all volunteer roles are the same.  If you had 10 hours to share with our school this year, what would you like to do?   Together many hands make light work and our community grows.  Best of all, your child will see you actively involved in their future!

If you are looking for a way to volunteer with kids at Irvington, consider one of many volunteer opportunities to explore and share the world with the students of Irvington School. Learn more.


Looking for a way to volunteer with kids at Irvington?  Consider one of these hands-on opportunities to explore and share the world with the students of Irvington School.

There are two paths to signing-up to volunteer: either contact the person listed under the opportunity you are interested in below OR check out our new virtual sign-up sheets through the school directory.


Battle of the Books (OBOB)
The Oregon Battle of the Books is a statewide program to encourage reading for enjoyment, broaden reading interests, increase comprehension, and promote cooperative learning. Students in grades 3 through 8 form teams and schedule practices with a parent leader. They compete in Jeopardy-style “battles” at Irvington, then 2 teams go on to represent our school in battles against other Oregon teams. The initial rounds are in Jan.-Feb. with the regional competition in March. For more information, contact Ana Simantel (anakotamarti@gmail.com) or visit http://oboblsta.pbworks.com.

Bear Mail
Bear Mail is a fun, practical writing program for 1st-3rd graders. Students write letters to each other and a parent volunteer works with small groups of students to sort, cancel, and count the Bear Mail letters and deliver them to the classrooms. For more information, contact Miriam Al Faiz (malfaiz@pps.net) or other 1st – 3rd grade teachers.

Classroom Volunteers
Most teachers welcome volunteers in their classrooms. Individual teachers have their own system for arranging for and utilizing volunteers. If you are interested in helping in the classroom, check with your child’s teacher.

Clothing Center
Portland Public Schools provide a clothes closet at Marshall High School for children in need of basic clothing. PTA volunteers staff the closet – each school is requested to staff the closet two times per year. Irvington staffs generally in September and again in February. We need 6-8 volunteers per shift. For more information, contact Jessica Farley (jessica.farley@yahoo.com). 

Love to garden? Join your children as they grow fruit and vegetables and play in the dirt. For more information, contact Laura Westwood (lbwestwood@gmail.com).

Green Team
The Green Team works with parents and students to raise environmental awareness and implement sustainability projects at Irvington School.  Past projects have included Earth Day activities, Bike/Walk events, installing two covered bike shelters with solar powered lighting, installing water fountain bottle refilling stations, providing “party packs” of reusable dishware for class parties and school meetings, and changing all cafeteria trays, cups and utensils to washable ware.  The team meets monthly to come up with activities and project ideas to implement with the school community.  For more information or to volunteer: greenteam@irvingtonschool.com

Volunteers are welcome and needed in the library for both library planning and hands-on library tasks. For more information, contact Steffanie Audel:  saudel@pps.net.

School Grounds
Since PPS has only two year-round groundskeepers on staff to maintain 753 acres of school property, there is always something to be done on the school grounds!  Join Irvington families Sunday mornings between 10:30 and noon to clean up and play. The School Grounds Improvement Committee organizes Irvington families and neighbors for fall and spring school group maintenance and clean up.  For more information, contact Rebecca Evans:  groundscommittee@irvingtonschool.com.

Spaghetti Dinner

A long-standing tradition at Irvington, Spaghetti Dinner is more than just good food — the opportunity to relax and socialize with others in the school community clearly adds to its popularity! Volunteers are needed to organize, set up the dinner, and help clean up.  For more information, contact Jessica Farley:  jessica.farley@yahoo.com

Yearbooks are available to order in the early spring. The yearbooks include individual and class pictures as well as pictures of student activities and events. Parent volunteers assist with yearbook planning and collaboration. For more information, contact Carolyn Blum:  cblum@pps.net.



The PTA raises money through several fundraisers like the Auction, Irvington Community Yard Sale, and sales of Chinook Books and coffee. In particular, our energetic SCRIP team is always looking for new volunteers…


Our PTA auction is the main fundraising event for the PTA for the year. Last year we raised over $125,000 for our classes and programs. Helping out with the auction is fun, rewarding, and a great way to meet other parents.  It takes a community to organize each auction and the event itself is a lot of fun! Volunteer needs are many and extensive opportunities vary from standing committees to one-night-only volunteers. For more information, contact our team (auction@irvingtonschool.com) or visit the Auction page to participate or make a donation.

To donate to the Irvington School PTA directly, contact ptatreas@irvingtonschool.com or drop off a check in the PTA treasury mailbox in the school office. Please indicate whether your donation is anonymous and/or whether your donation is earmarked for a specific program.  The Irvington PTA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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