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Volunteer Opportunities at Northwest ISD


The teachers, students and staff at Northwest ISD achieve many accomplishments throughout any given school year. Many of these accomplishments would be impossible without the dedication of the volunteers who sacrifice their valuable time and efforts in support of Northwest ISD. We constantly strive to develop and maintain a culture that promotes volunteerism within our district and campuses. This year we have more than 3,000 registered volunteers helping within the walls of our classrooms and campuses. 

Volunteers help our classroom teachers by allowing them to focus on what is most important, TEACHING!


Who is a Northwest ISD Volunteer?

  • Parents

  • Grandparents

  • Community Members

  • Relatives

  • Businesses

  • Organizations

  • YOU!


Every volunteer must pass a background check to ensure the safety of our students. Background checks must be completed annually to ensure the district has updated information on the adults in their schools. Please note that a background check can take up to 72 hours to be processed and cannot be done on the spot at the campus. Please view the programs below for some of the ways you can get involved and support our schools!


Click here to begin your application to become a NISD volunteer!



NISD Volunteer Do’s and Don’ts

DO:

  • Check-in with the front office upon arrival

  • Complete a background check application and get approval before volunteering

  • Pre-register with the campus before coming in

  • Wear appropriate clothing

  • Bring a valid ID


DON’T:

  • Loiter in the hallways or front office before, during or after volunteering

  • Show up unexpected without teacher/office approval

  • Visit your child in the classroom without teacher approval beforehand

  • Bring younger non school-aged children

  • Come outside of volunteer hours

  • Sit/hangout in the workroom/breakroom

  • Discuss other students

  • Enter the nurses clinic

  • Come in if you are feeling sick

  • Take pictures of a student who isn't your child

Image including the list of do's and don'ts

Download NISD Visitor/Volunteer Do’s and Don’ts PDF

 

Angel Tree

The Northwest ISD Angel Tree program offers anonymous support to families in the district who have demonstrated they are in-need of extra assistance for their children over the holiday season. Each year, in November-December, the district seeks volunteers to put the angel donations together for each student and deliver them to the campuses across the district.


Booster Clubs
Most NISD athletic and fine arts programs offer a booster club for each activity, run exclusively by volunteers. Booster clubs support the functions of their associated programs, both through volunteer support and fundraising for items. Because booster club leadership can change, please email the head coach or director for the appropriate contact information.

District Committees
Northwest ISD's administration oversees committees that affect all schools. 

The committees available to get involved with are:

Principals often nominate individuals to serve on committees, but any community member is also welcome to apply. Those with vested interests in the students and staff are preferred candidates, such as parents of current or former students as well as representatives of local businesses or organizations involved with schools.
For more information on how to get involved with the above committees, please email pie@nisdtx.org.


General Support at Schools
All Northwest ISD schools welcome general volunteers in schools to support campus needs. This day-to-day support is the most-needed at our campuses and assists our staff in enabling them to focus on what is important- the kids and their education! Volunteers are needed for a multitude of activities such as; classroom assistance, field trip chaperoning, front office assistance, holiday parties and many other tasks. For general volunteer inquiries, please contact the school administration of the campus you are wishing to volunteer for to inquire about desired volunteering and the needs they may have. As with all volunteers, a background check is required.


Mentors

The Northwest ISD mentoring program brings together individual students with caring adults who have made a commitment to meet on the school campus to listen and offer encouragement to students.  

If you are a parent of a student in-need of mentoring, please contact your child's counselor. 

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please email pie@nisdtx.org.


Northwest Reads

Participants will choose from a variety of books to read to pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade students at one of the district’s 17 elementary schools. This annual event provides community members with an opportunity to inspire young NISD students to become lifelong readers.


Parent-Teacher Associations
PTA’s are the heart of a strong parent-school relationship, with members of these associations providing vital feedback, input and support of schools. Each Northwest ISD school has a dedicated PTA, with each of the high school’s operating a PTSA (Parent-Teacher-Student Association) that involves students. Stay connected with the PTA of Northwest ISD by following the District Council PTA and everything they are doing:

Facebook:  @NorthwestISDCouncilPTA

Twitter:  @NWCouncilPTA

Instagram:  @Northwestisdcouncilpta 


Snack Packs 

Weekends bring hunger to Northwest ISD children who rely on school meals as their primary source of nutrition. The Snack Pack program supplies packs filled with child-friendly, nonperishable food to students most at risk of being hungry on the weekends. School counselors identify the students who are in-need and put the snack packs in their backpacks to take home on Fridays to get them through the weekend.  


Our campuses are always looking for partners such as local businesses and faith-based organizations to shop for goods, pack the bags, and deliver them to the schools to then be distributed to the students by the campus counselor. If you are interested in becoming a snack pack partner for a campus in Northwest ISD, please reach out ot pie@nisdtx.org for more information.


An ideal typical snack pack will include the following non-perishable items:

  • 2 beverages (milk, gatorade, water, juice)

  • 2 breakfast items (granola bars, oatmeal, pop tarts, cereal cups)

  • 3-4 snack items (crackers, chips)

  • 1 treat (pudding cup, rice krispies, cookies)

  • 1 substance item (Ravioli cup, mac and cheese cup, ramen)

Watch D.O.G.S.
Watch D.O.G.S (Dads of Great Students) are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-figures who volunteer for at least one day each year at an official WATCH D.O.G.S. school. During the day, Watch D.O.G.S may read and work on flash cards with kids, play at recess, eat lunch with their child, watch the school entrances and hallways, assist with traffic flow, mentor students, and any other assigned activities where they actively engage with not only their child(ren), but other students as well. Their mere presence offers additional security at the school during the day! On the day of their participation, the participants are given a brief review of their involvement and they wear an official WATCH D.O.G.S.® t-shirt or vest identifying them as Watch DOGS.

To find out more information about the program or to get involved, please reach out to the desired campus you wish to serve or email pie@nisdtx.org.