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Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in Volunteering for the PSPA?

If you have a lot of time or just a little time - if you want to volunteer for a day, chair an event, or anything in between - we can always use your help. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet other parents. Please join us in supporting our children and The Pingry School!

If you have any questions, or want more details about a particular opportunity, please email me at pspa-volunteer@pingry.org.

Take a look at the many opportunities you are able to get involved in below.

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Available Opportunities

A Taste of Pingry

This all-school event is an exciting, multi-cultural celebration held in late May on the Basking Ridge campus. The afternoon includes food and entertainment from around the world. Volunteers will help organize food and entertainment, set up and serve food at the event, assist with clean up, etc. This event is a joint effort with the PSPA and Pingry's Diversity Group.

Admissions Volunteer

Short Hills Campus Chairs: Laura San Miguel and Mathangi Srinivas
Assist at new parent events/Open Houses and work with prospective/newly admitted parents at the direction of the PSPA Admissions Volunteer Coordinators and the Admissions office.

Annual Pingry Family Party at Friday Night Lights

Help with decorating, set-up and clean-up for this all-school event on the Basking Ridge campus. This fun family party coincides with the only night Varsity home football game, held under the lights on a fall Friday.

Arts & Beautification Committee

Volunteer Coordinators: Cory Frear and Lin Lin
Work with the PSPA Arts Liaisons to support both the dramatic and visual arts programs on the Short Hills Campus. Activities include displaying students’ artwork, coordinating stage décor for winter and spring concerts, along with seasonal decorating of school windows and main halls. Artistic background not required, only a joy for students’ creativity!


Big Blue Pride Committee

Basking Ridge Campus only. Chairs: Michelle LeGrand and Heather Raincsuk
Be a part of the Big Blue Pride Committee that serves to enhance school spirit and build the Pingry community by rallying student, parent, and faculty and staff pride and participation around Pingry's athletic teams, games, and school spirit events.

Book Fair

Short Hills Campus only. Chairs: Amy Cuiffo and Jennifer Malone
Assist chairpersons with setting up and breaking down the fair, cashiering, and helping the younger students select books. Volunteers will also be needed for the library Wish Books project and the Bookstore table.

Bookstore Volunteers

Basking Ridge Campus only.
Shifts for the current school year are full, but please submit your interest for potential sub spots, as well as shifts for next year.

Class or Form Parent

Serve as the liaison between the PSPA, parents, and school for the class or form. Make calls and send emails to communicate PSPA and other school information. Encourage parents to attend PSPA meetings, the Spring Soiree, social functions, and special events. Help new parents feel welcome and involved at Pingry. Short Hills only—Help with party planning, field trips, and class coffees.

Community Service

Assist with coordinating service projects such as the fall World Hunger event or the winter Martin Luther King Day of Service.

Graduation

Basking Ridge Campus only. Chairs: Anthe Angelides, Adrienne Cortazzo, Tracy Dugan and Corinne Kelly
Plan and assist at graduation events. Parents take informal photographs on graduation day, help graduates with gowns, assist with the post graduation celebration, and serve as greeters at other graduation-related events. Volunteers are typically Form V parents, but any parent is more than welcome to help out.

Lego Project Night

Short Hills Campus only.
60,000 Legos, 50 Families, 3 Hours. 3-4 volunteers are needed to help with registration/family check-in, chaperone the pizza supper right before the event and basic "crowd control" at this event which already includes parent participants at each Grade 2-5 family station.

Lower School Library

Short Hills Campus only. Volunteer Coordinator: Seema Ghandi
Assist librarians with checking student books in and out, shelving, and small projects. Volunteers must be willing to work an every-other-week schedule for the full nine months of the school year. Shifts are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m (available shifts vary year to year).

Lost and Found

Basking Ridge Campus only. Chairs: Alex Bonner and Hazel England
Organize books, backpacks, clothing, and other lost items.

Lunchroom - Open to Grades 1, 2, and 3

Volunteer Coordinator: Lisa Miller
The Lunchroom Coordinator is responsible for creating an online volunteer schedule and sign-up so parents may attend lunch with their child’s class. The sign-up is created in the fall and spring. Grade 1, 2 and 3 parents are each given an opportunity to participate and attend lunch. Parents may sign up for select days on a rotating basis. (Parents will receive more information on lunchroom days/times from each class parent in the fall.)

Moving Up Day

Short Hills Campus only. Grade 5 parents.
Organize 5th-grade class party. Coordinate class gift to the school, create a composite photo of the graduating class, and decorate for the Moving Up Day exercises.

Parent Socials

Coordinator: Debolina Sanyal
Volunteers are needed to host a parent social for each grade and form. The idea is to have a low key, potluck evening inclusive of all parents from your child’s grade or form. A simple catering option is available, provided by the PSPA, for hosts who are interested in supplementing potluck contributions.

Pingry Fund

The Pingry Fund is our School's annual giving program that helps to bridge the gap between tuition and the true cost of a Pingry education. The high level of participation we see each year signals to the external community that we are willing to invest beyond the cost of tuition. Volunteers reach out to fellow parents seeking their participation in The Pingry Fund. The Development Office will provide further information to those who sign up.

Spring Soiree Benefit

Chairs: Tarena Cernuto and Anne Wargo
Serve on a committee as part of the annual PSPA fundraising event for the entire school. Many people are needed for the fundraiser to assist with silent and live auctions, raffles, acquisitions, and the fashion show. Volunteers are needed in both planning throughout the year and on the day of the event. Click here to sign up to volunteer!

STEAM Committee

Join the network of volunteers to support STEAM activities at Pingry. Examples of potential opportunities may include mentoring Science Olympiad students or handing out programs at the Annual Pingry Research Exhibit. You will be emailed with volunteer opportunities as they come up throughout the year.

Teacher Appreciation Coordinator

Volunteer Coordinator: Swati Sharma
Throughout the school year, each Lower School grade level coordinates a breakfast or lunch for Lower School teachers and faculty. It is a special way to say thank you for the incredible work they do! The Teacher Appreciation coordinator works with class parents to help organize these memorable occasions for our teachers.

Tennis Social

Chairs: Paula Brotman and Lucila Volbrechthausen
Help plan this May event and recruit parents to play. The morning of tennis on our Basking Ridge courts, followed by lunch, is open to parents of all skill levels.

Vocations Panel & Mixer Event

5-6 committee volunteers needed to curate and recruit panel speakers about new market trends in various industries from current parent body, facilitate parent check-in/name tags and help parents make new connections and conversation during the event.

Not sure what you'd like to do?

Not sure about the time commitment? Do you have a special talent or skill (i.e. graphic design or communications experience, technology expertise, a connection to construction, the arts, athletics)? Use the comments section on the web sign-up form to let us know how we can help you and how you can help us.

If you are interested in volunteering for the PSPA, please submit your interest online using the button at the top of this page. If you have any questions, please email pspa-volunteer@pingry.org.