Help out at Hillcrest

Please find time in your busy schedule to volunteer at Hillcrest. If every family put in only 16 hours of volunteer time over the course of the whole school year, the results would be phenomenal! Just think, that’s only 2 hours per month – and it makes such a big difference.

Helping out can be as simple as typing something up, making a few calls, or using your creativity to move a project along. When you help at Hillcrest, you get to know other parents at the school, you often make new connections and friendships, and most importantly, you are part of creating the very best educational environment for your child.

Volunteer now! For more information or questions, contact Room Parent and Volunteer coordinator Odessa Donnell.

Register to Volunteer

This document gives an overview of the volunteer clearance process for OUSD parents. Classroom volunteers who visit 3 times or more require TB Clearance. Field Trip drivers require both TB Clearance and Fingerprinting Clearance. Both services will be offered on-site at the Hillcrest Library on Friday, August 10 from 5:30 – 6:30pm. There is a $35 fee for Fingerprinting Clearance. Your volunteer clearance is in place for 4 years, and your driver form needs to be updated every year.

Once you register to volunteer via the Oakland Ed Fund website, you’ll receive emailed information and forms for TB Clearance and Fingerprinting Clearance (if needed). The OUSD Declaration of Driver Form (for field trip drivers) can be submitted electronically or delivered to the Hillcrest office.


Below are a few groups who can always use your help – feel free to reach out to them directly. There are also many opportunities throughout the year listed in the weekly Yellow Pages newsletter and via your Room Parents that require volunteers.


The big fundraising event of the year! Help with decorations, ticket sales, soliciting donations from local merchants and businesses, and many other tasks. Also, we hope every family will donate an item, their services, or something to be auctioned. Examples: camping trip, bike trip, group dinners or parties, weekend or vacation home, computer help, homemade gifts, or anything else.
Contact: benefit@hillcrestpta.org


Help organize one of the major events for Hillcrest School. The Walkathon not only raises funds to support PTA programs, but is also a great community get-together featuring carnival games for the kids, music, and food.
Contact: walkathon@hillcrestpta.org

Middle School Volunteer Opportunities

It takes MANY volunteers to provide all the opportunities we offer our middle schoolers. Below is a list of positions and volunteers for the 2018-19 year. For more details on any of these positions, please see the Volunteering section in the MS Handbook 2017-18 (pdf). To find out more about volunteer opportunities, contact MS PTA representatives Deb Kaplan and Ann Zollicoffer.

Instant Wine Cellar Captain & Benefit Wine Basket Coordinator

2018-19 Volunteer: Peter Edgar

MS PTA Board Representatives

2018-19 Volunteers: Deb Kaplan & Ann Zollicoffer

Field Trip Coordinators

2018-19 Volunteers: Erika Lonergan w/ Sarah Watson & Jen Bauer

Athletic Director

2018-19 Volunteer: Dave Lonergan

Middle School Treasurer

2018-19 Volunteer: Lauren Grbich

8th Grade Night of Benefit Supervisor

2018-19 Volunteer: Janet Young

Benefit Coordinators for Middle School donations

2018-19 Volunteers: OPEN

Walkathon Coordinators

2018-19 Volunteers: Sarah Watson, Caroline Hyde, Kelly Kilpatrick

Social Activities Coordinators

2018-19 Volunteers: Diane Huetter, Kelly Kilpatrick, Amanda Glasgow, Leann Cawley

Community Service Representative (One Volunteer Per Grade)

2018-19 Volunteers: 8th Cara Brockbank, 7th Amanda Noguera, Michelle Gorthy, 6th Heather Thomas & Kristine Karaca

Graduation Committee Coordinators
2018-19 Volunteers: Mark Palmore, Cara Brockbank, Sam Beltran, Annie Mallik, Katie Maniatis, Yasmine Oiknine, Leann Cawley

Kids Night Out (KNO) Coordinators

2018-19 Volunteers: OPEN (Fall) and Wendy Hynes (Spring)

Pizza Friday

2018-19 Volunteers: LEAD: Danielle Goyne, SERVERS: Mark Palmore, Linda On, Suzi Vogler, Sharon Song

Childcare Coordinator for PTA Board Meetings

2018-19 Volunteer: Dani Rabwin

Lost and Found Coordinators

2018-19 Volunteers: Andrea Mar, Heather Thomas

Lake Run Coordinators

2018-19 Volunteers: Coordinators: 6th & 8th Kristin Beltran, 7th Jen Bauer, Chaperones: Suzi & Kurt Vogler

Emergency Packets

2018-19 Volunteer: Kristin Ruff, Rob Rueca


2018-19 Volunteers: Sarah Watson, Michelle Gorthy