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Volunteer Program

Volunteers provide invaluable support in delivering on The Bellingham Promise to empower every child to discover and develop a passion for learning and ready for the widest range of educational and vocational options.

We have volunteer opportunities in the following areas:

Athletic Coach Food and Garden Educator Materials Aide
Classroom Aide Food Bank Assistant Student Intern Host
Enrichment Instructor/Aide Lunch/Recess Buddy Tutor/Mentor


Application Process and Instructions

All volunteers are required to complete an online application which includes a disclosure statement, review of policies and procedures and submission of picture identification. This information is used to perform a background check through Washington State Patrol, a requirement for all district volunteers.

In addition, all volunteers are required to review the Volunteer Handbook prior to their first day of volunteering.

If you are unable to apply online, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 360-647-6848.

Approval Process

When your volunteer application materials have been received, we will perform the background check, which is required by law. It can take up to two weeks for approval from the time your application materials are received.

You will receive an email confirmation when your application has been approved. Your name will also be added to the approved volunteers list, which all schools have access to. Community members who do not have a school affiliation should contact the district volunteer coordinator to identify a proper volunteer placement.

Check your approval status

Schools can check to see if your volunteer application is approved and current. Ask a staff member in the school office or a teacher to see if your name is on the approved volunteers list. You can also contact the volunteer office to check your approval at 360-647-6848.

Volunteer approval is valid for two years. After two years, you must reapply. You will receive notification that it’s time to reapply when you are approaching your volunteer approval expiration.


Contact Volunteer Coordinator, Jennifer Gaer at 360-647-6848 or email