St. Mary's Catholic School
218 W. Washington Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740-4765
301-733-1184 | email

Challenging the Mind - Living the Faith

Volunteer Opportunities – Shield the Vulnerable

IMG_9929 (1280x853)Saint Mary Catholic School welcomes the opportunity to have you as a volunteer.

ALL volunteers at SMCS are required to complete Shield the Vulnerable training. Read more here:

Webster defines volunteer as “one who serves or acts of his or her own free will.”  Most students will define volunteer as “a person who does something without pay.”  Fortunately for SMCS we have many supportive parents, grandparents, and parents of former students who serve of their own free will without pay to help our students and teachers.  Passing out milk, decorating the hallways, assisting with supervision at recess, organizing parties, chaperoning field trips, being active members of the HSA, and helping in the classroom are just some of the many valuable services volunteers perform at Saint Mary Catholic School.  As a school we really appreciate those people who are so caring to make time in their busy schedules to be SMCS volunteers.   

Throughout the Year

Bulletin Board Volunteers
These volunteers work under the supervision of Mrs. Renken, decorating the bulletin boards that line the hallways of the school.

Homeroom Parents 
These volunteers help their children’s teachers with planning and assisting activities such as parties, field trips and the teacher’s requests. Other activities may come up throughout the year at the discretion of the teacher.  The time commitment ranges from 2-3 hours per month on average; exact times may vary.

Marketing Committee
The Marketing Committee is a group of parents and teachers who work with Mrs. McDermott to promote Saint Mary Catholic School in the Community.

Middle School Dances
The Student Council sponsors a Middle School Dance each trimester.  Middle school parents are needed to chaperone at the dances.  Ideally, interested parents will be invited to chaperone at least one dance while their child is in middle school.

Middle School Social Hours
On select Fridays during the year, Middle School Students are welcome to attend an after school social in the Bosco Room.  Students can socialize, play pool or games, watch movies, or play basketball.  Parent chaperones are needed to oversee the activities.

Playground Supervision & Cafeteria Coverage 
These volunteers are needed each day that lunch is served.  The volunteers will assist the cafeteria staff by preparing lunch trays as needed, distributing milk, and selling drinks, ice cream and snacks.  The volunteer will then accompany the children outside for recess.  Parent volunteers wear a bright orange vest for ease in identifying them on the playground.  The teacher and volunteer have Two-Way radios for immediate communication with the office should an emergency arise. Volunteers can work any of the three daily lunch shifts.  Volunteers may choose to work once a month, twice a month, weekly, or any schedule that suits.  The first lunch shift volunteers will be needed from 11:35 until 12:25. The second lunch shift will run from 12:00 until 12:50. The third lunch shift will run from 12:30 until 1:15.

This committee handles the purchase of Scrip cards.  Volunteers are needed to tally forms, compute profits, and fill orders.  The committee meets twice a week when Scrip orders are due (see calendar).  The time commitment is four hours on processing days and two hours when the orders are filled.

Once a Year


The St. Mary Catholic School Auction is an adult-only event held in the beginning of November. Held at Nick’s Airport Inn, your ticket price entitles you to heavy appetizers and entrance to this event. Alcohol is available for purchase. Silent and live auction items are available for bidding, and in the past, have proven to provide an exciting time for all. There are lots of opportunities to help in many different capacities.

Pancake Breakfast 
Saint Mary Catholic School kicks off Catholic Schools Week with the annual Pancake Breakfast, held the Saturday before Catholic Schools Week.  Volunteers are needed to set-up the cafeteria, prepare and serve the breakfast on Saturday, and clean-up afterward.  Parent and teenage volunteers are welcome.

Scholastic Book Fair 
This committee coordinates the Book Fair that occurs during Catholic Schools Week each year.  The fair begins during the Pancake Breakfast on Saturday and continues Monday through Wednesday.  Volunteers are needed to check in the order upon its arrival, open and set up the book cases, display items on tables, assist the children with their shopping, help with totaling and payment of purchases, take inventory after the sale, and box up items for return shipping.

Spaghetti Dinner
Each April or May, the HSA sponsors a Spaghetti Dinner for students and their families.  During the evening, the middle school science or social studies fair projects (alternating years) are on display and the winners are announced.  Volunteers help with sending out flyers, collecting monies, purchasing foods, preparing the meals, set-up, serving and clean-up.

Thanksgiving Lunch 
This Saint Mary Catholic School tradition takes place during a lunch time in November.  Families are invited to join their students for a catered lunch in the cafeteria.  Volunteers are needed to collect reservations and payments, set-up, decorate, assist during the lunch itself, and clean-up.

 Pixie Shop

The annual Pixie Shop takes place each December. Students have the opportunity to make special Christmas purchases on their own. Volunteers are needed for set-up, helping the students make purchases, wrapping presents, and repacking the unsold items. Join us and get in the holiday mood!

Family BINGO Night

Once a year, a family BINGO night is held in the cafeteria to raise money for various school projects/groups.  Volunteers are needed beforehand to organize prizes for the event.  On the night of the event, volunteers are needed to assist with the running of the games, serving dinner, taking tickets, etc.