To offer such affordable tuition, all Village Home families participate in Community Duty or can buy-out at $20/class or offering. Learn about our Community Duty program here. Community Duty consists of each family signing up for one Daily Keeper shift per term (helping out on campus for part of one day per term), OR signing up to help at a weekend event or campus clean-up. In addition, there are Community Duty PLUS jobs which require more time or special talents. Community Duty PLUS Jobs have benefits associated with them, such as Priority Registration and/or a small discount on tuition (5-20%).
Why Volunteer at Village Home?
1. It’s good for you. Volunteers feel less stress and are happier people. It feels good to give to a worthy cause, and to help others.
2. It keeps costs for everyone (including you) at Village Home lower.
3. You will meet people in the community and make new friends.
4. You will learn something new.
5. Your model of community service and civic responsibility will be noticed by the next generation. Make a difference for today and the future through your service.
How Community Duty Works
Most families choose to participate in our community duty program, which is a volunteer program that takes approximately 5 hours of time per term per family (actual time varies). Families who are not able complete community duty tasks or who do not want to participate may buy-out of their service — see “Buying Out” below. Each member family signs up for a community duty each term, regardless of how many children you have, or how many classes you are taking. Or, families who do want to do community duty may opt to “buy out” (see Buyout below). Most community duty volunteer jobs occur within a 5 hour window, and each family is asked to sign up for one job per term. Families who want to go the extra mile for the community, can apply for one of our “special duties” that also has extra benefits like Priority Registration privileges or a discount on tuition, or both. In each duty listing, you will see the duty is open for signups. To view the community duty options, select community duty on the left-side menu. on our registration site. Generally, community duty is available to sign-up during registration. Community Duty must be completed by adult members of the family.
Daily Keeper Duties: These duties happen every day of the term for approximately 4 hours a day. Sign up for ONE of these shifts per term. Our daily keepers will do a variety of duties, and when you arrive on campus at your scheduled time, you check-in at the office for your assignments. Assignments may include things like cleaning, vacuuming, organizing, cleaning, running errands, helping in a class, and more.
Event Volunteers: These Community Duty tasks typically happen in 3-6 hour chunks of time, usually on evenings and weekends. Community events like Summerfest and campus clean-up days are examples of these duties.
Community Duty Plus: These duties come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Some of these duties take substantially more time than 5 hours a term, or require specialized skills, or require a higher level of responsibility. Community Duty Plus tasks also carry extra benefits such as priority enrollment, discounts on classes, or even a free class credit. See the job description to see the particular benefits associated with the job. If you have an interest in volunteering beyond the required minimum, or, if you have a professional skill or service to provide, please contact the office directly about Community Duty Plus opportunities.
You may not sign up for these duties online – you have to apply for these duties.
Community Duty Plus Jobs Include things like:
Field Trip Coordinator
Parent Action Committee Chair
BLOOM Show Director
Tech Manager for Drama
See current listing of Community Duty PLUS Jobs here.
If you do not see a community duty that works for you, but want to contribute to the community, please call the office at 503-597-9100 and we will do our best to help you find a community duty, however, we cannot guarantee that a community duty job will be available that meets everyone’s needs. We recommend signing up early for the best selection of options.
Selecting a Community Duty
Browse the community duty listings in each of the categories listed under the “Community Duty” menu on the left side of the page of the registration site.
When you see one you want, simply “Register” for it, by clicking the “Register” button during registration periods. If that particular community duty is already assigned, you may be able to be added to a waitlist, but you should also go ahead and make another selection in the meantime. For community duty plus opportunities, contact the office.( Weekly duties typically are kept from term to term.)
For Salem Campus families, browse the list of available community duties and sign up for a slot here.
Don’t want to do community duty? Members who would like to opt-out of performing Community Duty responsibilities can buy-out at $20/class unit per term, with a maximum buyout cost of $200 per term. Example: a Member family who has 3 classes and prefers not to do Community Duty can pay $20/class unit x 3 class units (a total of $60) to buy-out of their Community Duty for that term. Families who do not complete their community duty obligation will be charged the buy-out rate.
Know that you want to buy-out? Let us know here.
Community Service Programs at Village Home
In addition to our community duty program to give back to your community, Village Home provides community service opportunities for families to participate in the greater Portland community through our partnerships with Oregon Food Bank, SOLV, and Northwest Family Services.
Teen Volunteer Program
VH teens with time on your hands, and a resume’ or college application to build — we need your volunteer time and energy, and you need volunteer experience that is meaningful. It’s a win/win!
We invite you to apply to be a Classroom Assistant or a Middle Grounds Associate, and be a part of the positive learning experience for kids at Village Home!
Learn about the VH Teen Volunteer Program Here. Apply Today: http://www.villagehome.org/teen-volunteer-program/
Kids interested in helping out can stop by the office with a parent to see what jobs we have.
The Learner Council regularly participates in volunteer service, and we also have plenty of ad hoc opportunities on campus. Just have your learner stop by the office to help out.
Thank you for your service to the community! Village Home is great because we have families who are willing to invest their time and talent in the community.