Volunteer in WLWV Schools

  • Volunteerism and Community Engagement Opportunities

    Important Volunteer Reminders

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    With nearly 10,000 students, West Linn-Wilsonville is a growing school district with many ways to volunteer in schools. We greatly appreciate all our volunteers do for our schools. Our generous and supportive volunteer community plays a vital role in the current and future success of our students, and staff and administration greatly thank you for your valuable time and effort. 

    In an effort to increase safety and security for all West Linn-Wilsonville students, in August 2017, the District launched an updated process for volunteer registration and sign-in, which better monitors exactly who is working in WLWV schools. The system is implemented in a district-wide fashion.

    To register, simply visit http://www.helpcounter.net/wlwv and click 'Start' to fill out your application. When you register, you will select the schools you would like to volunteer in. You will receive an email when you have been approved, but the application approval process could take several days. Once the application is approved and cleared, volunteers are asked to go back into helpcounter and create a profile. Through helpcounter, volunteers will be able to update personal information as well as view and sign-up for open volunteer needs.

    If you ever want to add a new school to the list of schools that you want to volunteer in, you should simply fill out the application again being sure to select ALL schools that apply. This will particularly occur as children move from primary school to middle school, or from middle school to high school. Note that until you re-apply and the application is re-approved, you will not be allowed to volunteer at the new locations.

    The first time that you sign-in to volunteer at any WLWV school you will also be prompted to accept a Volunteer Agreement. Volunteering in WLWV schools is an extremely rewarding experience and it is greatly appreciated by both staff and students. Thank you for all that you do!

    With spring approaching and COVID-19 rates continuing to fall, the West Linn-Wilsonville School District will gradually begin increasing volunteer opportunities within our schools. Following spring break, schools may begin allowing volunteers for certain activities during the school day.

    Volunteers Must Be Approved Through HelpCounter

    Volunteers are community members who are approved for a variety of roles or responsibilities while at their designated time in a school. Volunteers may work with students directly in certain settings.

    Community members who are interested in volunteering in WLWV schools are required to register now through the district’s HelpCounter system. Individuals must pass a background check in order to be approved to volunteer in any West Linn-Wilsonville school. 

    Every prospective volunteer will need to complete this process, even if they have been approved through the HelpCounter system in the past. Due to the large number of volunteer applications we expect to receive, this process could take up to 2-3 weeks. Interested community members are encouraged to submit their application now to expedite the approval process. 

    Proof of Vaccination Required for WLWV Volunteers During 2021-22 School Year

    As part of the volunteer application process, community members must submit proof of vaccination in order to volunteer in West Linn-Wilsonville schools during the 2021-22 school year. Prospective volunteers will receive a link to upload their proof of vaccination after submitting their HelpCounter application. Vaccination information will be collected by the District’s Human Resources Department and will remain confidential. The district will revisit this requirement for the 2022-23 school year.

    Visitors in WLWV Schools

    Visitors are community members who are on school campuses or in school buildings for a specific one-time event or activity. Visitors are not approved to work directly with students, in classrooms, or in school settings.

    After spring break, schools will begin increasing opportunities for visitors to come on school campuses for one-time events such as assemblies, classroom presentations, school tours, PTA/PTO sponsored or school-sponsored activities.  Visitors are not required to show proof of vaccination.