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Volunteer Program

Volunteering is more than a long-standing tradition at Gonzaga Prep ⁠— It is the embodiment of a core Jesuit value: To be men and women for others. You model our mission by living in service to others. Learn more about our program here:
 
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ABOUT

Gonzaga Prep has always valued the time, talent, and treasure so generously shared by families. The volunteer program has evolved through the years into a vital expression of service that builds community in support of the school.
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Participation in the volunteer program has a two-fold purpose:

Your presence demonstrates care for your students by engagement and involvement in helping to nurture the Prep community.  You model our mission by living in service to others.

Volunteering helps to offset the costs of services and goods that would otherwise come out of our budget. Tens of thousands of dollars are saved every year with the thousands of hours our volunteers donate to Gonzaga Prep.

All families with students enrolled are encouraged to volunteer 20 hours each academic year.

Guidelines

GUIDELINES

Our program offers a variety of choices to fulfill your volunteer commitment. Familiarize yourself with our guidelines
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  • Volunteer program is for enrolled students only.
  • Hours are accumulated July 1 to June 30. (Prep's fiscal year).
  • Submitted hours must come from a Gonzaga Prep event. Volunteering that does not involve Gonzaga Prep does not count. (i.e. in the greater Spokane community) 
  • Students are not permitted to volunteer with their parents at 21-and-older events.
  • Students volunteering for Ancilla, Knights of the Leash, Food Drive, Search, or Christian Service are independent commitments and do not count toward the family commitment.
  • Student work done during a JUG does not count toward the family commitment.
  • Extra hours do not carry over to the next year.
Getting started

GETTING STARTED

We've changed our program to simplify signups and tracking your hours. Please read about these changes and how to get started in the new system. It's easy, we promise!
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With the exception of retreat food donations and bulk mailings, most volunteer opportunities will be listed through Signup Genius. It's not necessary to create a login to sign up to volunteer for an event. 
 
When you select an event or opportunity, the link will take you directly to a signup where you choose a slot and will be asked to provide basic information including name, address (for thank yous!) and your oldest enrolled student's name (for tracking total family hours).
 
Links to signups will be added to the full list on the volunteer opportunities page OR you can check the most current signups.
We will highlight new opportunities in the full list and communicate them with you periodically via email.
 
If you go the extra step and choose to create a Signup Genius account, you will also be able to find open opportunities by searching for "volunteer@gprep.com" in the search box. 
 
Getting started

ALL ABOUT HOURS

Learn the ins and outs of earning volunteer hours and how to check your family's total hours for the year.
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There's a way to volunteer for just about any way you roll, whether it's event setup/cleanup, selling concessions, gift card donations, bulk mailings and more. We're grateful for whatever ways you get involved, and encourage you to choose an area that may be outside your comfort zone. You'll meet new people, and become more involved in the Prep community and set a terrific example for your student.

Ways to serve

 

  • Hospitality/welcome
  • Mailings/office work
  • School and fundraising events
  • Athletics/concessions
  • Annual fund/corporate companions
  • Retreat food donations
  • Committees

 

How to check hours

PLEASE NOTE: We will be inputting summer volunteer hours into Skyward in the coming weeks. Please check back for your total.

To check your cumulative volunteer hours, log into Skyward, go to your student's dashboard page and choose the Student Info tab. Look for "Community Service" below the graduation year for total hours. Click here to see a screen shot. Hours listed are your family's total, counted from July through June each year. 

Rules of thumb for hours
  • Hours earned for a signup are noted with each slot in Signup Genius.
  • Late night clean-up crews receive credit for double hours.
  • Gift card donation value is 1 volunteer hour for every $10 of card donated. Cards must be a minimum value of $10. When donating, please send us an email with the amount and type of card to ensure you get credit.
  • Food donations:  Everything store bought earns 1 hour for every $10 spent. Home-baked goods receive 1 hour for every 2 dozen donated.
  • Hour value of items for miscellaneous activities will be noted in the signup slot in Signup Genius.
 
Volunteer needs for most events include slots for setup, service and cleanup.
 
Drop off food items where noted in the individual signup. Gift cards should be dropped off at the Treasurers office in Jesuit Hall.
 
If you have a question about an event or activity that you believe would qualify as volunteer hours, please contact us.
Getting started

HAVE QUESTIONS?

Need help? Check our frequently asked questions or contact us.
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Do I have to create a SignupGenius account?

No! The signup for each event will ask for the necessary contact information. Your information used solely for volunteer communication

How are my hours for an event earned?

There are a number of ways including events, food donations, gift cards and more.  

Look for volunteer opportunities in our list that will update as we approach new events and activities that need volunteer help. If you have other hours not listed on SignUpGenius that you think should be counted, contact us!

Read about what counts for what here.

How do I submit my volunteer hours?

NEW THIS YEAR: You only need to submit your volunteer hours if they ARE NOT in Signup Genius or are retreat food donations. Hours for each signup will be listed and counted toward your family's total. Submit volunteer hours via THIS FORM *only* if they differ from those listed in the signup. For gift cards, please attach your family's name to them and email us with the amount and type.

Where do I check my family's earned hours?

Log into your Skyward account, click on "student info" and find the "community service" line.

 

How long does it take for volunteer hours to post?

Because hours don't feed into Skyward automatically, we will be updating on a weekly basis. Don't be alarmed if your hours don't show up immediately after an event or donation.

I still have questions. Who can I contact?

We want your volunteer experience to be fulfilling. If you have a question or feedback, please contact us at volunteer@gprep.com.