Most public school districts have always appreciated volunteers. But in today’s crisis climate of school budgets, volunteers are becoming especially appreciated – and necessary. Sometimes, at some schools, volunteers may very well make the difference between a certain task or activity being accomplished or not.
Volunteers help with everything from coaching in sports programs to making photocopies for teachers.
And retirement-age seniors can often do the job that is waiting to be done.
Lovey Warner, 93, has been volunteering at Mingus Union High School since January 2004. “This is my eighth year,” Lovey said. She’s been volunteering in the Bookstore for almost all of that time.
“I set up a filing system,” she said. But most of her time is spent making copies for teachers. A lot of copies.
During the last week of July, the Bookstore made more than 100,000 copies. “I did 90 percent of them,” Lovely said.
Janice Knapp, administrative assistant and human relations, said Lovey is there every day.
“I start by 7 a.m.,” Lovey said. “I stay as late as I have to, usually one to four hours.”
She said it keeps her out of trouble. “Mostly, it keeps my mind working.”
Lovey said she enjoys being around the students. “But I work more with the teachers than with the kids,” she said. “Being here everyday is really my life. The school is my social life.”
Knapp is in charge of volunteers, but she could really use a volunteer to step up as coordinator of volunteers. That would provide someone to recruit and train new volunteers. Right now, most of the volunteers at MUHS help with athletics, Knapp said.
Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District also uses volunteers.
“COCSD has a handful of senior volunteers,” said Brenda Tammarine, C-OC director of human resources. “They volunteer in classrooms, offices, and/ or libraries.”
C-OC District has four campuses in addition to the district office.
“Each volunteer is fingerprinted and cleared through the Department of Public Safety in order to work with children,” Tammarine said.
Diana Deiley, human resources and payroll coordinator in the Camp Verde School District Office said volunteers are required to fill out an application and pass a fingerprint check. On the applications, volunteers may list which school level they would be interested in working with and also what volunteer position they’re interested in.
Seniors interested in volunteering at an area school should contact one of the district offices.
Mingus Union High School: Contact Janice Knapp at (928) 634-8901 ext. 6. The district office is located at 1801 E. Fir St. in Cottonwood.
Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District: Contact Brenda Tammarine at (928) 634-2288, ext. 113. The district office is at 1 North Willard St. in Cottonwood. The district has three elementary schools and one middle school.
Camp Verde Unified District: Contact Diana Deiley at (928) 567-3382. The district office is located at 1410 Camp Lincoln Road in Camp Verde. The district has an elementary school, a middle school, high school and a technology magnet school.
Beaver Creek School is a kindergarten through eighth grade school. It is located at 4810 E. Beaver Creek Rd. in Rimrock. Interested volunteers should call the office at (928) 567-4531.
Clarkdale-Jerome School is a kindergarten through eighth grade school. It is located at 1615 Main St. in Clarkdale. For information on volunteering opportunities, call (928) 634-5035.