A group of bloggers is participating in a 4-week back to school awareness campaign for VolunteerSpot.com, the site that makes it easy to organize a group effort online without the 800 gajillion “replies to all” that drive an organizer crazy. With “I Support My School…My Way!” VolunteerSpot emphasizes the importance of parent participation in all schools. “School budget cuts across the nation mean our teachers and our schools need our help… in the classroom, on campus, and supporting arts programs and fundraisers.”
Carissa Rogers of Good N Crazy, who just stepped down from being a PTO VP herself, is managing the blogger campaign. Aimee Giese (@Greeblemonkey) was hired to produce the campaign artwork and help with messaging.
Our voices include very active parent group leaders like @PTAPeep, @ImaginationSoup, @7ClownCircus and @SthrnFairytale; as well as parents who run from the PTA (and still pitch in) like @CecilyK @WendiAarons and @LelaDavidson; to moms who have burned out & over-volunteered at school and are drawing very clear lines of involvement this year to keep their own sanity such as @SAuerswald @MommyPerks and @StaceyNerdin; and parents who celebrate simple ways to get involved in a meaningful way with their kids such as @MochaDad and @DanielleSmithTV; also teacher moms like @mildlymanicmom and @Teachmama; and even homeschooling moms like @PonnSabra.
The bloggers will write on their own blogs about their experiences volunteering for the betterment of their children’s schools, and their plans for the year ahead. Giese organizes a rock concert every year. Aarons has figured out the do’s and don’t's of volunteering. Take a moment to appreciate Rachel, who is…PTA president this year. (Of course she is.) And Auerswald, who famously had volunteering overload, is going to do as much as she can do. And no more.
Rogers and VolunteerSpot’s Karen Bantuveris were careful to assemble a group of bloggers who spanned the spectrum of school volunteering enthusiasm.
We want to inspire every parent to find a way to support their school that works for them and fits with their family demands, work life, budget and personal interests. Our [campaign] voices and stories give parents many models to choose from and permission to proudly embrace the choice that works best for their family.
In other words, out with the pressure to do whatever the heads of the school ask, and in with finding your own way to help. It can be as easy as entering the campaign’s Back-to-School $500 School Supply Sweepstakes – a Facebook element that invites more participation from readers.