About Our Volunteers

Volunteers are welcomed at all Unit 4 schools. Each year over 1,000 volunteers donate over 15,000 hours of time to our schools: tutoring, mentoring, or assisting in our classrooms. Public school districts cannot success in their mission without the dedication and support of the many volunteers who work in our classrooms. We are grateful for the caring and commitment of our volunteers and can honestly say we cannot do it without you.

Where Can I Volunteer?

Please contact the volunteer coordinator at the school where you would like to volunteer. The school coordinator will explain opportunities available at the school.

Who Can I Contact?

For volunteering opportunities in our school, or for more information, please contact Amy Lamb at the email address listed below.

Amy Lamb - lambam@u4sd.org (link sends e-mail)

217-373-7330

Volunteering Opportunities

Barkstall Elementary School has created an educational environment that is rooted in the Arts.  With an extensively diverse population, students are exposed to the heritage of many nationalities as they create projects and celebrate holidays and events from all over the world.  Volunteers are able to assist the teachers through arranging class parties, preparing materials for large projects and displays, helping with music performances and a variety of PTA events and activities.  The parents at Barkstall are a close-knit group that are very devoted to their school and the success of their students.

What must I do to become a volunteer?

  • Download and fill out our volunteer application
  • Pass a background check
  • Sign in and wear a nametag when you're in the school building
  • Attend an orientation/training session at the school.

What is the senior volunteer program?

Unit 4 Schools, with support from WellCare Health Plans Inc., are piloting a ground-breaking program in the local high schools to bring senior (55 and older) volunteers into the classrooms to assist with the regular classroom teachers with instruction. We are seeking seniors with experience in business, computers, building and technical trades, writing, theater, art, dance, coaching, and other areas.

For more information about this program, please contact Lauren Smith, smithla@u4sd.org (link sends e-mail) or 217-351-3722.

Who should I contact with further questions?

Contact Community Outreach Coordinator Lauren Smith by phone at 217-351-3722 or by email at smithla@u4sd.org (link sends e-mail)

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