Volunteer Opportunities

MNW, as a non-profit, is sustained by donations and volunteer support. We love welcoming community members as volunteers as it helps connect us to shape the future. Reach out if you’d like to join our team.

See below for descriptions of some ongoing volunteer roles.  Join our "MNW Volunteer Outreach" Facebook group for more volunteer news and connections.

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FRONT DESK ASSISTANT
Portland, OR

Profile: We are seeking charming individuals who can pay attention to detail, who remain calm under fire and who are capable of multi-tasking.

Organization: Montessori Northwest is one of 14 regional training centers in the United States affiliated with Association Montessori Internationale to provide training for those wishing to be Montessori guides and assistants. The main training center located in Portland, Oregon offers three levels of training, each led by a Director of Training: Assistants to Infancy (ages 0-3), Primary (ages 3-6) and Elementary (ages 6-12). The training center also acts as a hub for the Montessori community and provides additional workshops on Montessori-related topics. Montessori Northwest offers satellite courses in the San Francisco/Bay Area, Seattle/Puget Sound Area and Spokane.

Position Summary: The Front Desk Assistant can be an individual’s first contact with Montessori Northwest so it is important that they greet everyone with a smile and demonstrate the grace and courtesy for which Montessorians are known.

Time Commitment: One 4 hour shift each week, preferably 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. or 1 – 5 p.m.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Answer phones
  • Open front door
  • Data entry
  • Write thank you notes
  • Research alumni for contact information
  • Basic material making
  • Order supplies
  • Shred papers
  • Water plants
  • Dust
  • Other duties as assigned

Skills Required:

  • Ability to answer multi-line phone
  • Familiarity with database programs
  • Basic computer skills

 Training Required:

  • Training on how to use phone equipment on first shift
  • Training specific to assigned tasks

Statement of Non-Discrimination
Montessori Northwest is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified persons will be considered for volunteer positions without regard to gender, race, religion, age, disability, national or ethnic origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran’s status or any other protected status in accordance with local, state, and federal law.

How to Volunteer
If you are interested in volunteering for Montessori Northwest in this or any other position, please contact James Phelps, Interim Executive Director at (360) 281-6593 or james@montessori-nw.org.
 


CELEBRATION OF LIGHT - COMMITTEE MEMBERS
portland, or

Profile: We seek individuals who like organizing a fun and profitable fundraising event.

Organization: Montessori Northwest is one of 14 regional training centers in the United States affiliated with Association Montessori Internationale to provide training for those wishing to be Montessori guides and assistants. The main training center located in Portland, Oregon offers three levels of training, each led by a Director of Training: Assistants to Infancy (ages 0-3), Primary (ages 3-6) and Elementary (ages 6-12). The training center also acts as a hub for the Montessori community and provides additional workshops on Montessori-related topics. Montessori Northwest offers satellite courses in the San Francisco/Bay Area, Seattle/Puget Sound Area and Spokane.

Position Summary: Celebration of Light Committee members will organize the annual Celebration of Light fundraiser.

Time Commitment: Planning meetings once or twice beginning in June with additional time to complete organizing assignment with increasing commitment just prior to the event in February. Approximately 10 hours per month June – December and 40 – 50 hours in January and February.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Determine date, location and theme of event
  • Plan event activities and program
  • Determine sponsorship benefits
  • Identify potential sponsors
  • Solicit sponsors
  • Solicit live auction items
  • Recruit table hosts
  • Help design event invitations
  • Invite attendees
  • Set up event
  • Staff event
  • Clean up after event
  • Other duties as assigned

Skills Required:

  • Organizing skills
  • Willingness to solicit sponsorships and auction items
  • Willingness to have fun and to create a fun event

Training Required:

  • General Montessori Northwest orientation
  • Solicitation training

Statement of Non-Discrimination
Montessori Northwest is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified persons will be considered for volunteer positions without regard to gender, race, religion, age, disability, national or ethnic origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran’s status or any other protected status in accordance with local, state, and federal law.

How to Volunteer
If you are interested in volunteering for Montessori Northwest in this or any other position, please contact us at office@montessori-nw.org


OUTREACH VOLUNTEER
Portland, or

Profile: We seek outgoing individuals willing to promote Montessori Northwest in public settings.

Organization: Montessori Northwest is one of 14 regional training centers in the United States affiliated with Association Montessori Internationale to provide training for those wishing to be Montessori guides and assistants. The main training center located in Portland, Oregon offers three levels of training, each led by a Director of Training: Assistants to Infancy (ages 0-3), Primary (ages 3-6) and Elementary (ages 6-12). The training center also acts as a hub for the Montessori community and provides additional workshops on Montessori-related topics. Montessori Northwest offers satellite courses in the San Francisco/Bay Area, Seattle/Puget Sound Area and Spokane.

Position Summary: Outreach volunteers will promote Montessori Northwest in public settings by talking with individuals who might be interested in Montessori training and providing them with prepared materials.

Time Commitment: Varies depending upon outreach opportunities.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Set up displays and materials
  • Hand out flyers
  • Engage potential trainees in conversations regarding Montessori Northwest training, workshops and open houses.
  • Other duties as assigned

Skills Required:

  • Good conversationalist

 Training Required:

  • General Montessori Northwest orientation
  • Outreach training

Statement of Non-Discrimination
Montessori Northwest is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified persons will be considered for volunteer positions without regard to gender, race, religion, age, disability, national or ethnic origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran’s status or any other protected status in accordance with local, state, and federal law.

How to Volunteer
If you are interested in volunteering for Montessori Northwest in this or any other position, please contact us at office@montessori-nw.org


 

Primary Summer Course Support
Seattle, WA

The following is a list of skills and talents needed to support the opening of our proposed Seattle Area Primary Summer Course. Please sign up for the Committee that you think would be the most fun and which you have some interest and skills to offer (signup at bottom of page). Many Committees will require some time on site; for others, the work will be done on your own schedule with a time line for completion.

If you have any questions about these volunteer opportunities, please contact Jan Thorslund at: jthorslund@northwestmontessori.org.

CALLIGRAPHY (3-4 persons)

Requirements: Neat, tidy and steady hand; able to write uniform letters in plain script and cursive; comfortable using ink. 
Needs: Printing labels for language area, text for some cultural extension materials, small booklets, etc. Some things in cursive.

SEWING (2-3 persons)

Requirements: Able to work carefully by hand and with machine; sense of order.
Needs: Making aprons and underlays, polishing cloths and folding cloths.

SHOPPERS (3-4 persons)

Requirements: Love to shop, love of fine things at low prices, good eye for aesthetics and appropriate for activity.
Needs: Guided Shopping for some practical life items, boxes, etc. as detailed in Reference Book Activities. Also possibly needed: second hand couch, chairs etc. for student lounge, desk and book shelves for office; chairs and tables for adult students.

FURNITURE (2-3 persons)

Requirements: Skilled in working with wood.
Needs: Several child sized tables and chairs, shelves.

FUNDS DEVELOPMENT (3-4 persons)

Requirements: Familiarity with Annual Giving, Grant writing, Personal solicitation, tracking and appreciating donors.
Needs: An organized Funds Development strategy to begin to supply funds for capital expenditures, additional activities and materials (i.e. Montessori materials, office equipment—phones, computers, printer/fax laminating machine, additional activities, i.e. guest lecturers and/or shortfall.

TECH SUPPORT (2 persons)

Requirement: Tech savvy-familiar with creating and maintaining web site, use of Word and Excel.  One person to serve as part-time Administrative Assistant to Director of Training with some compensation.
Needs: Web site, translating forms to Seattle Center, assist Director of Training with documents for students, AMI, Portland, Washington, registration support.

HOSPITALITY (3-4 persons)

Requirements: Enjoys researching housing for non-resident students, as well as transportation and medical resources and other resources as needed for non-residents.  Enjoys participating in events to welcome speakers, students, examiners, etc.
Needs: Work with applicants who are not residents of Seattle to helpmeet their needs for housing and information; prepare an environment to host welcome meeting for students, and other events as scheduled.

TAKE DOWN (4-6 persons)

Requirement: Willing worker, careful packer.
Needs: Help with packing up environment at the end of each summer and getting items to storage.

 

Volunteer Form for proposed Seattle Primary Summer Course

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