Volunteer Opportunities

This page is a running list of available volunteer opportunities at Pathfinder K-8. Last updated November 2nd, 2021.

Open PTSA Board or Committee Positions

PTSA Volunteers: We need you!! The PTSA needs your help to make all the magic happen. Volunteer opportunities range in scope, focus area, and time commitment, so you can find something that fits your schedule and interests.

  • Fundraising team volunteers
    • Money back fundraising coordinator (Dine-out, Amazon Smile or other rebates)
    • Group events fundraising coordinator 
  • Volunteer Coordinator

Please contact: volunteer@pathfinderk8ptsa.org


Pathfinder wreaths

Save the Date! Nov. 18 – Dec. 12

We are pleased to announce that Pathfinder Wreaths are a go! For the past 20 years, we have been making and selling 100% homemade wreaths as a way to benefit outdoor education at Pathfinder. But it is much more than a fundraiser — it is a community-raising event as well, and we encourage you to be a part of it!

This year, we will have five dispersed sites set up at Pathfinder homes where up to 4 to 5 adults can make wreaths, and we plan to host grade-oriented work parties where small groups of adults can learn to make wreaths and meet one another. Stay tuned for details.

Are you interested in being a part of the wreath team? We welcome new volunteers for roles big and small! Please contact Susan Elderkin at wreaths@pathfinderk8ptsa.org for more info.


REC (Racial Equity Committee)

If you are interested in joining us in this important work this school-year please reach out to us at equity@pathfinderk8ptsa.org.


Lunch Volunteers

The sign up is now available for shifts up until winter break. If you have a constant schedule and know you are available on certain day(s), we would encourage you to sign up now. Pathfinder K-8: Pathfinder Outdoor Lunch Volunteer Support (signupgenius.com) 

As always, we are happy to accommodate families who are interested in pulling students during lunch by opening our play field to vaccinated volunteers. Please be sure to let us know you are coming.

Please do not hesitate to contact Dani (danielle.y.wyss@gmail.com) if you have questions, comments, or concerns. Thank you in advance for stepping up to keep all the students at Pathfinder K-8 as safe as possible during lunch!


Class Coordinators

Keep everyone in the loop by volunteering as the coordinator for your class. Email Jennifer Girou at classcoordinator@pathfinderk8ptsa.org if you can help with this crucial role.

Class needs:

  • Beth’s 2nd grade classroom
  • Distinct classes


Garden Classroom

If you are interested in volunteering to help in the garden classroom, please email Karen Hogan at kdhoganli@seattleschools.org. The more adults there are, the more interesting things our kiddos get to do in the garden. 

If you are interested in finding out more about the Earth Project, the PTSA group that supports and funds our garden program and all things green at Pathfinder, please email Sarah Schieron at earthproject@pathfinderk8ptsa.org


How to Become a Volunteer

You need to be an SPS approved volunteer and fully COVID-19 vaccinated to complete duties that entail student contact.

  • If you have previously been a volunteer, the link to check your status is here.
  • If you are a former volunteer and need to update your application, that link is here
  • If you are a new volunteer, please feel free to sign up for a shift that is at least two weeks in the future. It can take several weeks for a new volunteer to be approved. The link to start the process as a new volunteer can be found here
  • All volunteers (even those whose status is listed as “current” must also watch this health and safety video.