Parent Volunteering

The Archdiocese of Baltimore is committed to providing quality, healthy ministry for all persons, particularly for our children and youth. All volunteers are required to complete VIRTUS screening and training.

The Home/School Association (HSA) and the students of St. Joseph School (SJS) truly appreciate parent (and grandparent) volunteer help with the many programs and events throughout the year.


  • Baked Goods - Volunteers are asked to provide baked goods to help with hospitality events. This is a great way to volunteer if you cannot be at school.
  • Birthday Book Program - The Birthday Book Program is a great way to share a love of reading by making a small donation towards the purchase of a new book to the SJS Library in celebration of your child’s birthday. A nameplate is placed in the “Birthday Book” with the individual’s name and year of donation. Children are delighted to have a book in the library that carries their name, and our library is enhanced by these lasting remembrances.
  • Book Fair (October 2018) - SJS will have a book sale event that benefits the library. Volunteers are needed for a variety of shifts, set-up and break-down of books and displays and over the course of the event help students navigate the shop and purchase books.
  • Boxtops for Education - Volunteers collect and redeem Boxtops for Education. Proceeds fund class field trips.
  • Carpenter’s Cup (October 1, 2018) - Many volunteers are needed to help plan and execute the Carpenter’s Cup, a fabulous day of golf and festivities in collaboration with the parish.
  • Carpool Pantry - Carpool Pantry is held once a month, usually on Friday mornings during the carpool drop-off. It coincides with and supplements St Joseph Parish's Food Pantry donations to the Franciscan Center. Carpool Pantry is led by a select group of middle school students with parent supervisors.
  • School Fundraising Sale -  Each year, the school participates in a school-wide fundraiser. A few parents are needed to help sort the orders during a pre-determined delivery day in October.
  • Field Trip Chaperones - If you would like to be a parent chaperone for one of your child/children’s field trips, submit your name and it will be given to your child’s homeroom and chaperones will be randomly selected.
  • Hospitality Committee - Parents are needed to help set up and host refreshments for various school events like the Health Fair, lower and middle school open houses and Grandparents' Day.
  • Hot Lunch Day  - Once a week, parents provide students with a treat: Hot Lunch. The lunch consists of a rotating menu of pizza, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, or hamburgers (with the occasional new item thrown in). Parents are needed to serve meals and help with the younger children. This is a great way to get to know fellow parents.
  • Jingle Bell Shop  (December 14, 2018) - Right before Christmas, parents unveil the Jingle Bell Shop: a $5-and-underselection of Christmas gifts their children in PreK through Grade 5 can buy for grandparents, parents, brothers and sisters and family friends. (Middle schoolers will have their own shopping event.) Volunteers are needed to work in shifts to set upand break down the store, work with children as they navigate their budgets and decision-making process and help at registers.
  • Middle School Christmas Shopping Event (December 14, 2018) - Middle Schoolers will be treated to an off-site shopping trip to a local store to buy Christmas gifts for their family members. A few parent volunteers to help chaperone the students on their walking field trip are needed.
  • Lunch & Learn Speaker Series - This special luncheon for middle school students is held several times a year and features a keynote speaker from our community to talk about their career. A few parents are needed to help set up, serve lunch, and clean up. Requires about two hours of service on the day of the event.
  • PB&J Sandwiches - Every Thursday middle school students make and collect peanut butter or cheese sandwiches for clients of Our Daily Bread. Volunteers are needed to drive the boxes of sandwiches to Our Daily Bread each week.
  • Playground Aides - Many volunteers are needed to monitor the playground during children’s recess approximately once a month from about 11:30 to 1:00 PM.
  • Race for Education (May 2, 2019) - This is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year and many hands are needed to help make it a great day for our children! Students raise money and compete with one another as they run, walk, or jog around school grounds joined together in school spirit to raise money for SJS.
  • Restaurant Nights - SJS sponsors several restaurant nights throughout the year—in years past we have partnered with Nando’s Peri-Peri and Chick fil-A. You get a night off from cooking,and SJS gets a portion of the proceeds.
  • Room Parents - Volunteers are needed to act as a parent liaison for their child’s homeroom teacher and coordinate assistance for any needs that teacher may have. If you are interested,please contact Anne Bailey at, and include the name(s) and grade(s) of your children before the school year begins. Assignments will be decided and announced later this summer, when interested parents and teacher homerooms are finalized.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade - If you’ve always wanted to march in a parade, this is your big chance! SJS families proudly carry the St. Joseph School banner in the annual parade. Children dress intheir school uniforms and Irish garb accompanied by parents.
  • SCRIP Program - This is an ongoing fundraising opportunity for parents: by purchasing gift cards for friends and families through SCRIP, a percentage of the profits are donated to the school.
  • SJS – Adult Social Event - SJS is looking forward a fun-filled night for the SJS parents. Listen out formore details and opportunities to volunteer.
  • SJS Family Mass - Work in coordination with the parish committee to plan masses that involve SJS families.
  • Teacher Luncheons - This is a wonderful way to support the school’s most valuable resource: its teachers. Parents host four luncheons a year in the Conference Room to offer teachers a moment to relax and converse with colleagues over lunch in the middle of a hectic day.
  • Trunk or Treat (October 26, 2018) -  A Halloween event for the whole family as volunteers can decorate their cars and hand out candy. Kids and parents alike dress up to play games, trunk or treat and have fun. Parents are needed to help setup, sell pizza and drinks, run the games andassist with clean up
  • Used Uniform Sales - Donated used uniforms are offered for sale at $5 apiece. The uniform “shop’” is open during orientation at the beginning of the school year, and twice a month thereafter. Volunteers are needed to run the shop and manage the inventory.

Volunteer and Visitor Procedures

Visitors must follow the procedures listed below:

  • Upon entering the building, visitors must check-in to the School Office. 
  • A drivers license is needed so that it may be scanned and approved. 
  • When leaving the campus, please report back to the School Office to turn in your bagde.