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APS Rolls Out New Online Volunteer Application

More than 300 people who want to volunteer in APS schools have already gone online to sign up.

August 13, 2013

APS wants you!

And now it’s easier than ever to become a volunteer with the Albuquerque Public Schools thanks to a new online application process. Simply go to www.aps.edu/volunteer-with-aps, fill out the application and pay the $12 processing fee (credit and debit cards accepted). Those who pass the background check will be able to start volunteering at APS schools within 10 business days.

The online application is part of an ongoing effort to make it easier for parents and others to volunteer in schools while keeping students safe. The application fee has been cut by two thirds in the past few years and now volunteers don’t have to get paperwork from school principals and make a trip to City Centre to fill out the application.

A Spanish version of the application is in the works and will be posted soon.

Of course, those who don’t have access to computers can still come to the APS administrative offices at 6400 Uptown Blvd. NE to fill out the volunteer application, or they can go to their child’s school, where computers will be made available.

The application asks for contact information as well as the volunteer’s date of birth, social security number and driver’s license number. This information is used for the background check. Applicants also can check all of the schools where they wish to volunteer. There’s no need to fill out a separate application for each school.

APS values its volunteers, recognizing the important contributions they make in classrooms and schools, especially in these days of tight budgets and increasing demands. It’s estimated that volunteers spent 35,000 hours in the classroom last school year. Their service is valued at $3.5 million.

“We encourage you to volunteer with our schools and we appreciate all of our volunteers, whether they are students seeking community service opportunities, a family member seeking to become more involved in the education of their children, a senior citizen seeking an outlet for their skills and experience or a corporation wishing to give employees greater opportunity to be involved in their community,” said Sonja L. Martens, volunteer program manager.

Volunteers are needed in a variety of areas including:

  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Classroom read alouds
  • Guest speaking
  • Classroom assistance
  • Non-classroom assistance (field trips, media center, site beautification)
  • Organization involvement (PTA, PTO, Student Health Advisory Council)
  • Before-and after-school programs.

For more information on volunteering for APS, go to www.aps.edu/volunteer-with-aps or call 855-5267.

 

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