HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW VOLUNTEERING BENEFITS PARENTS?

April 18, 2013

PHILANTHROPY AT WALDEN SCHOOL

The strength of Walden’s educational program is due to the gifts of time, talent, and financial generosity of previous parents for over four decades. We count on current parents to continue the promising future of Walden School. It might seem obvious how the school and the children benefit from parents’ volunteerism, but have you ever considered how volunteering benefits you, as a parent?

“Volunteering at my children’s school reinforces my family’s ties to the Walden community as a whole,” said Walden parent Kirsten Harbers and Parent Guild Co-Coordinator. “Spending time in the classroom and helping with Parent Guild events helps me support the school and thereby promote my children’s education.” Walden students are excited to see their parents involved in activities such as helping in the classroom, chaperoning field trips, or making costumes for the Spring Sing.

Interacting with other families becomes a natural byproduct of volunteering. Working together with other parents helps create a vibrant community providing deeper insights into the lives of your children and their classmates.  The meaningful connections formed during your child’s elementary school years often turn into lifelong friendships. “Walden parents taught us as parents to be open minded.  I think we (as parents) probably benefit just as much from my daughter’s education as she did during her years at Walden,” said Alumni Parent Hsiao Ching Chen.

Volunteering at Walden can take on many forms where each parent’s skills and interests are utilized. You can start by volunteering for an existing task through the Parent Guild or your child’s classroom and as you learn more about the community and its needs, you might offer a unique gift of your time and talent. Some volunteer activities happen outside of school hours and can be done from home or involve short-term projects, such as hosting a dinner. Walden School appreciates help from parents’ diverse skills and expertise. Talk to teachers, administrators, and other families to find out what is needed and how your particular talents can best support the school.

While philanthropy at Walden is mission based and volunteer centered, it necessarily also involves fund-raising. Parents’ investment of time in fundraising tasks such as assisting the Parent Guild Spring Fundraiser Committee, making annual fund campaign phone calls, or serving on the Development Committee, significantly contributes to fund-raising efforts of the community.

Walden – like most independent schools – relies on income in addition to tuition to fund each student’s education. Gifts and voluntary contributions fund enhancements to Walden’s educational program because tuition does not cover all the special offerings and opportunities for enrichment. Since Walden School’s founding, charitable donations have funded its land and buildings, academic and co-curricular programs, faculty professional development, and more. Voluntary giving enables Walden to offer a high-quality education and ensures that the school will continue to thrive long into the future.

As an independent elementary school, Walden draws from fewer supporters than a university or a large charity. Because the pool of the community is small but the need is large, every gift counts. Choosing how much to give is a personal decision, but all gifts help move the school closer to its annual goals. No matter the size, all gifts are valued and appreciated because we know that giving is a sacrifice and an investment in our students for all families. Making Walden School a philanthropic priority is an investment that truly pays off.

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