Chapman has loads of different ways to volunteer. Whether you’re looking for a short commitment during school hours, a weekly commitment, a one time weekend work party, or even something that can be done at home in the evenings, there is something for you! Please see the PPS district volunteer requirements. Once you’ve filled out the application and background check, and read through the mandatory training, see the current volunteer opportunities below. Don’t see something that fits your needs, please contact Molly Porter.


Due to the pandemic, parents and volunteers are not allowed inside the school building. There may be other ways to volunteer virtually. Contact your child’s teacher to see if they would like any volunteers or reach out to the PTA for possible opportunities.


Portland Public Schools implemented a new volunteer/visitor management system for starting the 2019 school year.  Please read the information here as the requirements have changed.

Read through this doc to learn all about how to volunteer at Chapman.

Current Opportunities

Room Parent | Many classes still need a room parent. This is a role that can be filled mostly from the comfort of your couch in your comfy pants. Help facilitate finding chaperones, fulfilling snack needs, organizing teacher gifts, and communicating specific needs of your students class. Questions, contact your teacher and/or Angel Stech.

Foundation | Do you want to help the Foundation raise money for Chapman? We’re looking for a Business Liaison Task Force to help ramp up business sponsorships this year. This might include helping compile lists and contact information for local businesses and/or solicit businesses in person or by phone. Not your thing? Just reach to AJ Schricker to explore other ways you can help the Foundation.

PTA | We are always looking for more parent participation and engagement in the PTA. There are endless opportunities that can work for all kinds of families. Seen the list of open positions here and contact Angel Stech.

Past Opportunities

Health Screening | Wednesday February 12, 8:10 AM – 12:30 PM | Our health assistant Julia and Nurse Lori could use some help escorting students to and from their vision screenings. Sign up here.

Garden Work Party | Saturday February 22, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Spring is in the air and it’s almost time to start planting and nurturing our gardens but they need lots of work before students can begin doing their own garden work. Please consider participating in a work party to get the gardens back in shape. No experience necessary, all are welcome (bring the kids!). Beverages and goodies provided. Contact Molly Porter with questions. No need to sign up.

Auction | Saturday March 7 | The auction team needs your help. There is a lot of work to do on the day of the auction to get the party ready. There are also tasks that need to be done during the party. Sign up here. Some jobs qualify for free admission.

STEM Night | Tuesday March 17, 4:00 PM – 8:30 PM | STEM Night is taking shape and to make it successful many people are needed. No need to be a math whiz or an engineer. Activities are planned and help is needed selling pizza, setting up, assisting in activity rooms, and cleaning up the event. Sign up here.

Cafeteria Help | Daily 10:50 AM – 12:00 PM | Our staff and students have found it so helpful to have extra adults in the cafeteria that they have requested we keep showing up. Please consider coming in to help students navigate the lunch line and the cafeteria, open those pesky containers, and stay on task so that they can head back to class with full bellies. There is no longer a need to sign up, but if you have the time, please do show up!

PTA Clothing Center | Monday February 3, 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM | The PTA Clothing Center provides new and used clothing to PPS students in need. Each school is expected to send 5-6 volunteers 2x per year. Without volunteers the center cannot operate. The people in charge make excellent use of your time and you are actively helping kiddos in our immediate and greater community. Sign up here. Contact Molly Porter.

Winter Food Baskets | Friday, December 13, 8:15 | Chapman PTA (with generous donations from our community) provide food for families within our school community over the winter break. Help is needed to sort the food into bags that families can take home. Sign up here.

Lost & Found | Friday, December 13, 8:15 | Our lost and found is overflowing!! We will donate all unclaimed items. We need your help to make this transition happen. Friday morning after round up volunteers sort the clothing, return items with names on them to the right classes, and bag the unidentified items. Once clothes have been bagged people can take a bag or two home to wash and return to school by Monday December 16th for donation. Sign up here.

Holiday Food Baskets | Tuesday Nov. 19 – Monday Nov. 25 | Chapman PTA and our community will be providing food baskets for families in our school community. Help shop, sort and pack food, and deliver to Urban Lift. Sign up here. Questions, contact Kelly Farrell

Chorus Help | Mon, Wed, & Thur 10:50 AM – 11:20 AM | There are a lot of students signed up for Chorus which means that Mr. Clark could use some extra adults to help manage all of the kids. Be available to take attendance and assist with anything that may come up. Sign up here. Questions, contact Mr. Clark.

Swift Community Dinner | Wednesday November 6 | 4 – 8:00 PM | The Swift Community Dinner is a FREE event open to Chapman families. To have a successful and smooth event, help is needed to: set up, check-in, supervise the 5th grade servers, and clean up. Thank you to the 5th grade class for volunteering as well! Questions: contact Angel Stech

Scholastic Book Fair | October 24 – 31 | The Scholastic Fall Book Fair is coming Chapman. The kids love this event and it’s a great way to raise money for Chapman’s library. It can’t happen without quite a bit of parent help before and after school. If you are available please consider signing up! Questions: contact Laís Marques da Cruz.

Run for the Arts | Friday, October 8, 12:30 – 1:30 PM | Mr. Studt needs about 12-15 volunteers are to help students count their laps at Run for the Arts. No need to sign up–meet at 12:30 PM at the front steps of the school.

School Picture Day | Wednesday, September 25 , 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Photographers will be on campus to take photos of our students. They need help escorting students to and from the “studio” and helping to make sure those hairs are in place, kitty ears are lined up just right, and smiles (or not) are in place. Sign up in one hour increments. Contact Molly Porter.

PTA Clothing Center | Thursday, September 19, 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM | The PTA Clothing Center provides new and used clothing to PPS students in need. Each school is expected to send 5-6 volunteers 2x per year. Without volunteers the center cannot operate. The people in charge make excellent use of your time and you are actively helping kiddos in our immediate and greater community. Sign up here. Contact Molly Porter.

Swift Family Run | Saturday, September 14 | We are excited to host this FREE and inclusive school community building event for everyone. We have volunteer needs on the day of the event that could work well for single and working parents and we can tell you now so you have time to schedule it. Everyone is welcome. Hope to see you there! Sign up here. Contact Annie Duong.

Project Community Care Day | Saturday, August 24, 9 AM – 12 PM | We hope you and your family can join us for our annual Community Care Day! We will be sprucing up the school grounds in preparation for students’ return. Please come help pull weeds and spread some bark dust. Learn more about the PPS Project Community Care here.

Ice Cream Social | Monday, August 26 | Please join us in setting up and/or breaking down the first community event of our school year. You are welcome (and encouraged) to bring your kiddo to help out. Sign up here. Contact Molly Porter.

Back to School Packet Stuffing | Friday, August 23, 10 AM -12 PM | Join your fellow Chapman parents in the annual tradition of stuffing Chapman back-to-school packets with flyers, calendars, magnets – all the goodies for the beginning of the school year. The more people, the faster it will get done! Kids of all ages are welcome! Older kids can join the assembly line and stuff envelopes, if you have young children, please bring age-appropriate activities. 🙂 Sign up here.

Archive of Opportunities

Go to the Volunteer Archive for opportunities from previous years.