Volunteer Our students and families are insightful, energetic, and deserving of the resources that will ensure their best future. Below are some opportunities for you and your organization to be a part of the growth and achievements of TFS and those we serve. We request that you communicate your interest 90 days in advance of the proposed engagement. Skilled volunteering and organizational support Your professional talents and skills are invaluable to nonprofits like ours. We encourage you to inquire about vacancies on our Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Council. In addition, we are always looking for volunteers to help with special projects such as: Human resource policy guidance IT planning Communications strategies Facilities maintenance Annual Events The Fishing School runs about 4-5 annual events at which volunteers are greatly appreciated: Family Literacy Night November/December 5-10 volunteers Run tabling activities for students and their parents, help with set-up and clean-up Math and Science Night February/March 5-10 volunteers Run tabling activities for students and their parents, help with set-up and clean-up End of Year Carnival And Cookout June 5-10 Run tabling activities for students, help with set-up and clean-up Career Explorations July Host educational field trips at their organization’s facilities or visit our site to speak to students; offer advice at a workshop for parents; mock interviews with students Annual Fundraiser September 10-15 volunteers Help with set-up and clean-up, registration, run activities, and special guests Fundraising and in-kind donations Donate to TFS through your workplace giving program. Select TFS as the beneficiary of a charity auction or event fundraiser. Sponsor our annual fundraising event. Donate STEAM supplies, books, school supplies, or laptops to enhance our classroom experience. Background checks The safety of our students is our highest priority. In order to protect our students and comply with the requirements of DCPS and some of our funders, volunteers who choose to engage with students must complete all of the following steps two weeks before the event: Provide a copy of a negative TB test which has been taken within the last calendar year. Provide results from either DCPS or an FBI fingerprinting service. Complete TFS’ internal Hire Authority screening form. Next steps A volunteer application must be completed prior to consideration for any volunteer opportunities at The Fishing School. Contact Director of Development and Communications, Steffi Benjamin with any questions.