At Mainspring Academy, we believe in the impact of a caring and compassionate local community. Our volunteers fill an important role on the Mainspring team by making a lasting difference and helping to enrich the learning experiences of our students. Contact us for more information about any of the opportunities below. 

Parent Participation

Volunteer opportunities for parents

There are many ways to volunteer and earn your 10 annual required parent participation hours at our school.  Parent participation is an important part of school and student enrichment and experience. View the Parent Participation Guide to find out ways to volunteer in person and from home. If you are a parent interested in volunteering for any of the activities listed in the Parent Participation guide, please keep an eye out for our monthly newsletter to sign up for opportunities as they become available.

Parent Participation Guide >

Parent Action Committee

The Mainspring Academy PAC is a great opportunity for parents who have the ability to commit additional time and talents to help plan and coordinate our school events and small fundraisers, making them extra special for the students and staff. PAC members must be able to attend most monthly morning meetings (usually the first Tuesday of the month in the Mainspring cafeteria).

If you are a parent interested in joining the Mainspring Academy PAC, please contact Sabrena Snow, Director of Student and Community Affairs, at [email protected].

Community Volunteer Opportunities

If any the volunteer opportunities listed below fits you or your group’s needs, please contact Sabrena Snow, Director of Student and Community Affairs, at [email protected] to check for availability. Local community volunteers who have already confirmed availability may complete the form below.

Saturday Service Days

Once per quarter, Mainspring schedules a Saturday Service Day event. These events typically take place between 10am and 3pm. We get many comments from volunteers who enjoy the opportunity to get to know MSA parents and staff and build a sense of community. Help is typically needed in general school cleaning and organizing, painting, moving furniture, assembling furniture, patching holes, minor repairs, mounting, weeding/landscaping, and helping any teachers who may need it in their classrooms.

Typical Saturday Service Days: 

  • July to prepare the building for the students’ return
  • October for National Make a Difference Day
  • December for International Volunteer Day
  • April for National Volunteer Week

Annual School Holiday events

Set up a fun station at one of our annual school holiday events.

Typical events where you can set up your own fun, custom stations include our:

  • Halloween Trunk or Treat Event (Trunks outside or tables inside)
  • Polar Express Holiday Pajama Party (Themed tables inside)

Assistance with setup, decorating, or serving is needed at events such as:

  • November Thanksgiving Feast (Help with setup, refilling trays, and serving)
  • December Christmas Tree and Holiday Decorations

Special olympics

Once per quarter, Mainspring Academy hosts its own private Special Olympics event at the duPont YMCA (basketball, flag football, soccer, and track and field events typically scheduled on a Friday, from 11am-2pm).

Volunteers are needed to:

  • Supervise individual skills stations
  • Record scores at each individual skills station 
  • Record totals for overall award rankings
  • Serve as special guest athletes, coaches, or mascots (local public figures) for corresponding sports

Superhero Day

In September, during International Charity Week, Mainspring welcomes local superhero groups to inspire, visit ,and interact with the students, such as:

  • Law enforcement officers
  • Firefighters
  • Military
  • Local public figures 
  • Public figures with special needs

General school event needs

Typical opportunities include:

  • September Board and Vendor Appreciation Event (Help with setup, refilling trays, and serving for food events; and assembly for parent projects)
  • November Vision Screening (Help with calling classes and facilitating lines)
  • March Spring Portrait Days (Help with calling classes and facilitating lines)
  • May Teacher Appreciation Week (Help with setup, refilling trays, and serving for food events; and assembly for parent projects)

General campus needs

Typical opportunities include organization, cleanup, and inventory of the:

  • Storage room
  • Tech closet
  • PE closet
  • Art room
  • Vocational kitchen

high school student volunteers

If you are a high school student interested in fulfilling community service hour needs at Mainspring Academy, please use our contact form at the top of this page to let us know your interests and determine the availability of opportunities. Students must show self-sufficiency by providing and managing their log of volunteer hours, in addition to communicating with Mainspring administration.